West Chatham Park is a small 15-acre plot of land that is open year-round and sits in the middle of the West Chatham residential neighborhood. It features activities that the human kids and adults love, such as ball fields, tennis and basketball courts and a splash park. The canine member of the family will love the acres of grassy meadows, trees, and lighted, paved walking paths.
The paths traverse the center of the park, and lead to an entrance on South Wentworth Street. There are also 2 loops, one in the southern section, the other circling the field house and restrooms. Trees line the walkways and there are many that are clustered in a large corner of the park where you and your fur-pup can romp, sit in the shade and watch the many squirrels, chipmunks and birds that live here. A picnic is a pawrfect way to while away the day, followed perhaps by a snooze.
A lazy stream with 2 "arms" flows into a small pond, where you might spy ducks and geese during migration periods and in the summer. Two picturesque bridges cross the stream and connect the 2 banks of the pond, which is circled with raised, stratified stone abutments.
Parking is available on the surrounding streets, and waste receptacles conveniently stand, waiting for your pup's doggy waste bags to be deposited. Please remember to bring waste bags as there are none provided. Benches provide some sitting space under the trees.
West Chatham Park can be used in winter too, depending on the snow depth, for walks, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and skating on the small pond. And several restaurants within walking distance of the park welcome pups to their outside seating areas, so after your romp, take your furry bestie for a snack!
West Chatham may not be the biggest park in Chicago, but its lawns, trees and paths make it a very walkable destination for you and Fido!