The Palmer Square Walking Path is a circular path of about a mile inside the Palmer Square Park in Chicago, Illinois. This loop meanders around the perimeter of the 7-acre Palmer Square Park, and in some places, it melds into the sidewalk next to the road. Parking can be found along the roads that border the park.
You can start anywhere along the oval, and two spur paths cut through the middle making it easy to get to the other side of the park quickly. The path is paved and clean, with plenty of trash bins for you to use as needed, so be sure to bring clean-up bags.
Although the Palmer Square path is short and flat, you and your canine companion can wear yourselves out by continuing around the circle as many times as you like. There are several benches all around the path and inside the park for you to take a have a snack, rest, or just soak up some sun and fresh air. The park is full of trees that line the path for shade, and occasionally art installations will brighten your walk too.
According to Palmer Square visitors, there are a lot of furiendly dogs who visit, and the patrons also enjoy the dogs. However, if your pooch is not a sociable sort, you may want to come on a weekday when it is not so crowded. This is a popular spot, and you will see families, dog walkers, mountain bikers, people picnicking, and joggers here all times of the day. There are tree swings, a slide, and even a hammock tied between two trees in case someone wants to nap. Several water fountains are also available for use, but they are shut off in the winter to prevent freezing.
This beautiful park in the middle of a nice neighborhood will have you wanting to come back again and again.