Steelworkers Park in the South Chicago neighborhood is an 11.6-acre swath of land that nestles against the shores of Lake Michigan, featuring furtastic views of the lake and its tanker and other boat traffic. The park was created to honor the steelworkers who toiled at US Steel's South Works plant here, many of whom still live in the neighborhood with their families. Once buried in slag and raw ore, this green space was transformed into a large natural area with a .8-mile multi-use trail of 3 interconnecting loops.
Planted with many trees, most of the park contains a native prairie habitat that is home to waterfowl, birds and small mammals. Prairie grasses line the walkways, which are lighted for evening strolls. Parking is available on adjacent streets and access to the lake is what brings many people and their doggos to visit. Watching the sun set over Lake Michigan is a popular pastime for visitors.
One of the newest additions to the park is making use of the remnants of an enormous wall at the edge of the park that once contained ore for steel production. At a space where the wall has broken down, it's been fitted with bolts, hand- and footholds and auto belays to aid in climbing. If you have someone to keep Fido company while you climb, this might be an adventure worth trying!
Benches and trash cans are strategically placed throughout the park. Please remember to bring clean up bags for the pup, clean up afterwards and deposit them in the correct receptacle. Your fellow park visitors will thank you for that. Also be sure to bring water.
Many events take place here, such as reunions, concerts and plays, and your fur-baby is welcome too, on leash. It's a pawsome place for a blanket picnic with your pooch at your side. A visit to Steelworkers Park is not only a jaunt to a quiet, natural space - it's also a chance to get a sense of the magnitude of a place that was once an important part of steelmaking and the livelihood of the community it supported. Woofderful!