Ping Tom Memorial Park was created from an unused rail yard near Chinatown, and transformed into a lovely green space named for a man who championed its development and was a civic leader in his community and beyond. While it sits adjacent to parts of Chicago's rail system, providing a counterpoint to the occasional clatter of trains, it is a true oasis in the city. Its Chinese landscape elements reflect the neighboring culture and provide a backdrop for the cityscape views in the distance.
Located on the south bank of the Chicago River, the park features walking paths through a 3-acre natural area abundant in native wetland and prairie plants, with rolling green lawns that stretch to the river's edge. Some of the paths are paved, others natural, and bridges are walled in traditional red Chinese-style grillwork. A pagoda-style pavilion sits in the center and provides shelter and a view of an Asian-style rock garden. A field house boasts a rooftop seating area surrounded by a border of lush green grass. Wrought iron benches are scattered throughout the grounds and along the paths as well.
Bamboo gardens and plenty of space for picnicking complement the large lawn area, and street lamps light the 17 acres of common area and paths. The red grillwork boathouse is host to a stop for the Chicago water taxi that will transport you to and from downtown and the Lake Michigan shoreline. Events like a dragon boat race and Night Out in the Parks are popular diversions and are dog-friendly. A playground occupies the kiddos while you and your fur-buddy take a stroll, looking out for birds, rabbits and waterfowl to sniff out. Rentable kayaks are available if you and the pooch would like to set out on the river for a totally different perspective.
Restrooms are available, but do be sure to bring clean up bags and water for your pooch.
A short trip by water taxi, or via the best entrance on 19th Street, will bring you to this charming, furtastic space. Fido will love the long walks around the property and lolling with you on the grass!