Nestled between 53rd Street and 54th Street in one of the most happening parts of the Hyde Park neighborhood, Spruce Park is a perfect place to stop and recharge with your pup after a day of pounding the pavement. Give those soft paw pads and shopworn soles a rest as you stroll along the soft lawns of this shady green oasis.
If you're both feeling energetic, there's just enough room to roam that you can give your dog a good run up and down the park's length, on leash of course! There's also nary a spruce in sight, but there's plenty of tall trees like elm, elder and ash to sniff and chase squirrels around. Your dog might just look at one of these majestic specimens and mark them with their approval.
Spruce Park offers a playspace for children with swings, slides, and climbing equipment but few other amenities. There are no restrooms for humans, and you will need to bring your own waste bags and water. Trash cans are available for your convenience, as well as plenty of benches where you can stop and give your good dog some pets. There's also plenty of space to spread out a blanket and enjoy a picnic lunch with takeout from one of the awesome restaurants nearby. Dining options in this pawsomely diverse neighborhood include soul food, Jamaican, Italian, and sushi.
As lovely as it is, there's no need to sequester yourself to Spruce Park during your walk with your favorite four-legged friend. Consider making it part of a day's worth of exploration if you're looking to stack up the steps or miles. Spruce Park is only three-tenths of a mile from the ten-acre Nichols Park. It's also less than a mile from Promontory Point, a beautiful picnicking spot on the shores of Lake Michigan that's just off of the Lakefront Trail and just north of the immense 540-acre Jackson Park.
No matter how many parks you visit, you'll be amazed at just how much natural beauty there is out here in this urban wilderness.