No matter where you go in Chicago, there will still be plenty of vibrant areas full of lush lawns and winding paths that explore the city and its natural features. The Kiwanis Park River Walk is one of these trails that follow along the North Branch Chicago River and shows off the natural wonder of the city. The trail itself is wide, with nearly 8 feet of room, and an even, concrete terrain for users to enjoy.
The best part of this trail is that it is dog-friendly to leashed pups. The trail is in Kiwanis Park, on the northeast side of town close to Lake Michigan. Although you can't see the lake from the park, you can still see some great water views of the river. The beginning of the trail starts at the north section of the park, and is connected to an off-street parking area and restrooms. The path follows a small loop first with benches around a large tree, before heading south along the river.
Trees line the river's edge, providing shaded walking spots and sitting areas in the grass. Bikers regularly use the path as well thanks to its even terrain, so be watchful. Half a mile of the trail sticks along the water's edge, although there are no spots to directly go into the water. After a little more than half a mile, the trail forks off into two other paths. The first path leads to the main street and off the path. The second path continues the trail and begins to loop back up north. This section of the trail doesn't stick as close to the water as the first half, but offers views of the open fields and recreational turf that make up the park for ballplayers and park goers. The trail eventually connects back to the original parking area, where you and Fido can head back to the car.
Sunny, open, and with pretty views of the water, this park will provide a pleasant and relaxing place to walk with Fido, where you don't have to worry about too many crowds or other pups.