The Dearborn Park housing complex is home to Roosevelt Park, a 2-acre square of land named after President Theodore Roosevelt, a known conservationist and advocate for city greenscapes. Containing a playground, 3 tennis courts and lots of open space covered in lawn, the park features many trees, great for cooling shade in the summer.
A paved running/walking path encircles the park where you and your fur-baby can admire the statues and sculptures the park has to offer. Part of the path lies on a gentle slope, offering a bit of cardio if you're walking or running it in the uphill direction. A water fountain with a bowl for the pup is provided.
While Chicago's overall dog rules call for leashing in all parks, in practice many folks remove the tethers and let their pups romp in the open space. Roosevelt sits at the very end of a dead end street and traffic is light. Also, it's surrounded by buildings on 3 sides, making it mostly enclosed. Because the park is not very visible from the surrounding area, it's never crowded, so a picnic lunch or a book or a snooze on a blanket is a pleasant pastime for you and Fido, too.
Open after dark, the paths and tennis courts are lighted. Benches scattered throughout offer places to have a snack, rest and watch the squirrels. Birds are abundant here as well, especially during fall and spring migratory periods. Views of downtown skyscrapers, including the pawsome Sears Tower, loom to the north, and are especially beautiful at night. Flower beds bring color and scent to the environment. Please remember to bring waste bags, clean up after your pooch, and deposit in the waste receptacles provided!
While this is not Chicago's biggest park, it is definitely a place for residents to get away and recharge in a quiet setting. And it's a pawrfect place for an outing with the doggo, and a great place for a romp in the snow, too!