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LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG: Chicago Dog-Friendly Parks - A Great Destination this Late-Summer Weekend!

THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG!

Buddy Roots for the Cubs - 09-13-2007Every day, I still root, root, root for the Chicago Cubs, despite their recent ten-day slump.  Often, however, our Team Leader and my Human Dad Dean, simply hangs his head, and walks away, repeating one four-digit number over and over again!

1969 . . . 1969 . . . 1969 . . . 1969!

What happened in 1969 to the Chicago Cubs?  Something not so good, I imagine.  I guess I'll have to look up some old Baseball Almanac back issues on the Internet!

Anywho, we still are enjoying some warmer weather here in Chicago, and Saturday is supposed to be pretty much rain-free.  Hey, I've got an idea!  How about going to a local Dog-Friendly Park.

According to one of my favorite online resources - UrbanHound.com - there are eight good off-leash dog parks, run by the Chicago Park District, on the North Side of Chicago.  Hey, you humans, print out this Chicago Neighborhood Dog-Friendly Park Directory and keep it in your wallet or purse.  You never know, you might just want to reward that little four-pawed creature that makes your life so wonderful (most of the time, anyway).

BUCKTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD

Churchill Field Park, 1825 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago IL.  This is a little Dog Friendly Park, with entrances off both Damen and Winchester Avenues.  Neighborhood residents have been pushing for dog-friendly areas in the larger, and more popular, Holstein Park nearby, but, for now, Churchill is the best neighborhood option.

LAKEVIEW NEIGHBORHOOD

Challenger Bark, 1100 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago IL.  Adjacent to the Red Line L Tracks and Graceland Cemetery, this little Pocket Park is modest, but still offers a doggie water fountain, a bench, and a clean concrete surface with good drainage.  The Challenger Park Dog Area Council maintains the park well, and just planted two trees here, that will grow and give good shade.

Hamlin Park, 3035 N. Hoyne Avenue, Chicago IL.  Tight quarters here, jammed up against the fence of the tennis courts, and L shaped.  But every dark cloud has a silver lining - plenty of errant tennis balls find their way onto the dog-friendly grounds.  Let's play!

UPTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD

Margate Park/Puptown, 4921 N. Marine Drive, Chicago IL.  ROOMY is the buzzword (or, more appropriately, the bark word) here!  Plenty of room to stretch your legs, plus several benches under which you can rest your weary paws after a hard afternoon of play, play, play.  Maybe we can bring a few of those loose tennis balls over from Hamlin Park!

WICKER PARK NEIGHBORHOOD

Walsh Playground Park, 1722 N. Ashland Avenue, Chicago IL.  Tight quarters here, but a nice, long run to play fetch (or, as Daddy Dean says, "Bring It Back!") during off-peak hours.

Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago IL.  Modest in size, this triangular stretch in a popular neighborhood park is often crowded, but provides large trees for lots of shade.  The Local Alderman even supplied a special dispenser stocked with plastic bags - when you've got to go, you've got to go, you dogs - right? 

SOUTH LOOP NEIGHBORHOOD

Coliseum Park, 1466 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago IL.  Again, not another super-attractive dog park, but until the larger Grant Bark Park opened in 2006, this was the only off-leash option in the South Loop.  A bit noisy because of the El trains above, but we dogs can adjust, you know!

Grant Bark Park, Columbus Drive at Balbo Street, Chicago IL.   The newest off-leash dog park in the City of Chicago opened in July, 2006.  It's one of the nicest, with asphalt and gravel runs, shade trees, and plenty of space.  There is also a great drinking fountain here which accommodates all of us dogs - big ones, and lil' ones.

LINCOLN PARK NEIGHBORHOOD

Wiggly Field (Grace Noethling Park), 2645 N. Sheffield Avenue, Chicago IL.  The Granddaddy of all Chicago Dog-Friendly Parks, Wiggly opened in 1997.  It's also my favorite, because of its proximity to my Favorite National League Baseball Park, just over a mile away.  It's got a lot of space, great shade trees, and a bunch of benches where us smaller dogs can seek shelter from those over-sized Shepherds and Rotts.  Near De Paul University, this dog park is usually crowded, but the "social scene" can't be beat here!

To use any Dog-Friendly Area or Park in Cook County, the county in which the City of Chicago is located, humans must purchase a permit and registration tag - $5.00 - available from many vets. A current Dog License is REQUIRED, and all you dogs must be examined by a vet and be vaccinated against rabies, distemper, hepatitis, para-influenza, parvovirus, and bordetella.  The permit must be renewed annually.

For more info, as well as links to Suburban Chicago Dog Friendly Areas, visit the UrbanHound.com website.

Enjoy the weekend, you dogs!

YOUR ACE REPORTER ON FOUR PAWS,

BUDDY HOLLY MOSS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

(My Pup Reporter, GRACIE MOSS, is taking the night off.  I believe she's getting a pet-icure!)

Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2008 8:31 PM by Dean's Team
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