Stout Park in the Hyde Park neighborhood is one of Chicago's small community parks, and while the overall rule states dogs must be on leash in city parks, this one is an "unofficial dog park" where there are many leash-free pups socializing, chasing balls and frisbees and walking with their humans. The park's central green space features plenty of room for fun and games!
There are 2 playgrounds, newly updated, where the kiddos can play, and while doggoes should keep off these grounds, they're located very close to a field they can romp on. Paved walkways provide entry and a meandering stroll through the center of the park and through shade trees. Benches are placed strategically throughout, and you'll find two water fountains where you can fill a bowl for Fido, too!
Entrances to Stout Park lie on East 54th Place, with 2 more on South Greenwood Avenue. Parking is on-street, but many of the visitors live in the surrounding neighborhood. This is a very popular early morning and after-work spot for folks to take their fur pups, so if it's solitude you're looking for, it's best to head over there during the day throughout the week. On weekends, there are often softball or baseball games both pick-up and scheduled, and if you're in the mood for a spectator sport, have a seat with your furry bestie and enjoy the game!
Stout park is open year-round, and in the winter, you'll find kiddos and adults sledding on the steep hill at one side. Many dogs like toboggan rides too, so don't leave them out! Please remember to bring waste bags, pick up after your fur-baby and deposit the bags in the waste receptacles provided.
While this isn't the largest or fanciest Chicago Park, it's a neighborhood treasure where dogs welcomed on leash. Whenever you go, you and your pup are sure to find exercise and fun!