Ronan Park in Chicago, Illinois was named after Ensign George Ronan, who died in the Fort Dearborn Battle in 1812, and the dog furiendly trail surrounding the park is nothing short of furfect. The trail starts at 3000 West Argyle and meanders along the Chicago River, weaving in and of the oak and hickory trees which provide tons of shade exactly where you want it. This one-mile trail circles around and takes you back to the beginning or, if you like, you can continue on the River Trail, which is about 18 miles of interconnecting trails from several parks along the Chicago River.
The Ronan Park Trail is mostly flat and paved ground, although some areas are gravel or crushed limestone. Along this short trail, you and your canine kid can expect to see plenty of other hikers and bike riders as it is a very popular area, especially on the weekends. You may also see some foxes, raccoons, turkey, squirrels, quail, ducks, and other critters in the woods and park along the trail. Don’t let your pooch chase or irritate the local wildlife, and make sure you keep your pupster on a leash and pick up after them, so be sure to bring bags.
You will likely see some boats, barges, and other watercraft on the Chicago River and the North Shore Channel, which is separated from the Chicago River right here at the park. You may want to try your luck at fishing, which is great, but make sure you have an Illinois fishing license on you. The current is strong in some places, so swimming is not recommended. The park does have fountains and restrooms but not along the trail so bring your own water. You and your canine kiddo are going to love the Ronan Park Trail, especially if you enjoy short and easy hikes.