Hidden gems of New Eastside
Discover these little-known spots in New Eastside
Everyone knows about the dog park in Lake Shore East Park, but there is a second dog park in New Eastside that is less busy. Located just east of the Lancaster (201 N. Westshore Dr.), you can find it on your walk to the Lake- front Trail from the Lake Shore East Park. Slightly larger than the main dog park, it is ideal for larger dogs to run off-leash. It is also not as well-known as some of the other parks, so it can
be a better location for dogs that get frightened from too much action but still want to run free.
A third dog park is located at the top of the stairs at the northwest corner
of the Lake Shore East Park next to GEMS- World Academy (350 E. South Water St.). It’s probably only best for a quick jaunt for a small dog, but it does feature a doggy-sized water fountain for thirsty pets.
Breakfast on the Lakefront Trail
Fancy a lakeside breakfast? You don’t have to go far. Cafe Michelle at DuSable Harbor (200 N. Lake Shore Dr.) is open for breakfast. To get there, you have to walk behind the Lancaster (201 N. Westshore Dr.), past the dog park, and through a parking lot toward the lake. The simple and no-frills cafe has a hearty breakfast, smoothies and even cocktails to enjoy while overlooking the harbor and Lake Michigan. The view and ambiance is worth a trip. Open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Many of the office buildings in New Eastside also have public shopping and eating areas, but they can be difficult to find. Visit the Pedway level of 225 N. Michigan Ave. and 111 E. Wacker Dr. and you will find some of your favorite restaurant chains: Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Wow Bao and Pret A Manger. Sopraffina Marketcaffe and Baskin-Robbins are located at the base of the Aon building (200 E. Randolph St.).
Milton Olive Park
A quick walk north of New Eastside, a little past Navy Pier, tall iron gates mark a path flanked by a phalanx of trees, which lead into an innocuous green space known only to wedding photographers, well-versed locals and lucky visitors who happen to stum-
ble across it. The park is named after Milton Lee Olive III, the first African American Medal of Honor recipient in the Vietnam War. Born in Chicago on November 7, 1946, Private Olive sac- rificed his life to save the other men in his platoon from a grenade on October 22, 1965. He was 18 years old. The park comprises a surprisingly large expanse of green grassy field, overlaid with an intricate series of walkways connecting five now-dormant circular fountains. The geometry of the walkways and fountains is designed to be viewed from the neighboring high-rises. But it’s the view of the Chicago skyline that is truly striking when seen from the park.
— Stephanie Racine and Matthew Reiss, Community Contributors