You and your canine kid are fur sure going to enjoy the trails at the furbulous Ping Tom Park in Chicago. These easy paths stretch for about 2 miles, and weave in and around the pawesome Ping Tom Park, creating a loop. Some paved trails even meander along the southern branch of the Chicago River in Chinatown. These dog-furiendly paths will take you and your leashed pooch around all the best parts of the park, as well as the Chicago Riverbank, including the pagoda, the dragon boats racing area, and busts honoring Ping Tom and Leonard Louie.
The park has 17 acres to explore along the path, including community gathering areas, Chinese landscape designs, a gymnasium, restaurant, fishing areas, and benches to relax on. They also have plenty of fountains available to refill your water bottles. Don't forget to bring some clean up bags and stoop and scoop wherever you and your pup go! There is also plenty of shade provided by the mature oak, pine, and maple trees throughout the park. You and Fido will likely see many visitors including other people and dogs, wildlife, and a plethora of gorgeous greenery and wildflowers in vibrant shades of all colors. The ducks by the river are pretty friendly, so don’t let go of your poochie’s leash or they may play chase with you trying to catch them.
If you and your furry friend get tired or hungry, grab some food from one of the restaurants in nearby Chinatown and watch the river activities from the tables, benches, or even one of the giant boulders dotting the park. During the warmer months, you will probably see a lot of boats including the dragon boats and the water taxi. Dragon boat racing is pawsitively one of the coolest things you will ever see. Be sure to come back during the different seasons to check out the different views.
Parking is available in a small lot at the Leonard Louie Fieldhouse in the northern section of the park, while metered paid parking can be found along Wentworth. Community lots can be found on both northeast and southeast corners of Archer and Wentworth, about a quarter of a mile to the east of the park.
No doubt about it, Chicago pups give the Ping Tom Park Trails two paws up!