Walking the paths and trails at Lakeshore East Park in Chicago is arguably as far from actual hiking as you'll find. This lovely 4.6-acre urban park features looped and straight paths that criss cross each other as they meander from one side of the green space to the other. Along with the paths, Lakeshore East features a playground, interactive water feature and an impressive view of the recently completed residential skyscrapers that dominate one side of the park.
The pristine walkways drift by rose gardens, and seasonal plantings in raised beds with tulips, grasses and 46 other species of flowers, separated by neatly trimmed boxwood hedges. The simple paving stone surface passes many trees, including flowering spring ones, which create an entirely fresh background in the fall when their leaves turn the colors of autumn. The park in winter is magical, with millions of white lights amid the branches.
Many benches appear here and there where you can take a rest or have a picnic with your furry friend. They're set on small stone plazas cut into the hedge, which provide privacy of a sort and prevent walkers from tripping over anyone's feet. At night, when the street lamps are lit, the park is as handsome as during the day.
One of the features of Lakeshore East Park that your pupper will love is the fenced, off-leash dog park tucked into the northwest corner near the playground. Large, slightly hilly, shaded and equipped with doggy fountains and benches, this is a pawrfect spot in your wanderings for the pooch to socialize and release some pent-up energy.
One of the lovely aspects of this park is the line of fountains on both sides of the main path that release water into shallow pools filled with large rocks, creating a soothing sound not unlike a brook or stream. Another furtastic feature is a separate bike path along the lake so pedestrians and bikes don't get in each others' way. As always, please remember to bring waste bags and dispose of your fur-baby's deposits before leaving the park.
This lovely oasis just south of The Loop is a woofderful destination for humans and pooches longing for some fresh air and exercise!