Visiting or living in Chicago can be tough on you and your pup. The area is a concrete jungle, filled with bustling streets and busy retail centers, but among that are plenty of parks and trails to explore with Fido. One such as that is Skinner Park, a lush and vibrant area with over 7 acres of land with a large open space surrounded by dense trees.
The dog-friendly Skinner Park may not have an off-leash area for pups, but you'll be sure to have just as much fun while on a leash. Parking for the park is along off-street sections on the south and north side of the park's edge. Parking on either side will grant you access to a path that loops around the outside of the park and eventually connects to other main features.
One of the best places to start your walk is along the garden on the north side of Skinner Park, which offers looping trails around wildflowers, trees, and bushes. This garden eventually connects to an inner trail that is completely shaded and perfect for exploring on a hot day. You can get to any part of the park from this trail, and can enjoy amenities like restrooms, two baseball diamonds, enclosed tennis courts, football and soccer fields, two basketball courts, an expansive playground, picnic area with barbeques, water fountains, and numerous benches. Throughout the park, there is plenty of open space to play in and explore, and you are always surrounded by tall and dense trees that provide shade and privacy for you and your pup to play in.
Dog-friendly and large, this park is a great place to walk, play, or just have a fun day out with your pup. The park can get pretty popular after school hours and on weekends, especially with other dogs, so you and your pup can get the socialization they crave as well.