The East Rogers Park Community is where you'll find Loyola Park Paths inside the park of the same name. The park itself covers about 22 acres, with a nearly 3-mile meandering paved path that provides an opportunity for solitude and quiet within the busy park. Because of the many programs held here for youths and adults, it's an easy thing to drop the kiddos at the Field Center and take a walk with your fur-buddy among the trees and along the grass planted with shrubs and flowers in the spring and summer. Open year-round, the paths are maintained in winter and can be used for cross-country skiing with the pooch by your side.
Benches line the paths, under trees and other spots, including in front of Lynn Takata's long sculpture named "Windform." It will be easy to imagine the long wave it represents. An art wall adorns the border between park and beach. Views of Chicago's distant skyline are a distinct treat as well. Or find a bench facing the lake and have a sit with Fido, letting yourself be mesmerized by the sight and sound of waves on the shore. A concrete pier juts out into the water and welcomes visitors to stroll its length for a different perspective, or to spend a little time fishing next to your pooch.
Plenty of trash containers dot the park and paths, but you'll need to remember to bring waste bags with you. You can grab a bite to eat at the Heartland Cafe and share with your pup, too! Or, if you forgot your water, they have bottled water, too.
Your furry bestie will agree that this is a lovely spot for a stroll where the presence of the lake soothes and the paths lead to shady grassy spots for lounging or reading, or just hanging out with the pup.