Academy Square in Chicago, Illinois for Rent

Located in the West Loop, no one entirely agrees on the neighborhood's boundaries, but the Chicago Tribune roughly defines Fulton Market as the area from West Hubbard Street to West Washington Boulevard and from North Odgen Avenue to North Halsted Street, making the neighborhood essentially a small triangle just west of I-90. The area's close proximity to the Loop and good transportation have further spurred growth, and newcomers continue to arrive, bringing a more residential flavor to this traditionally non-residential district.

Fulton Market's history as a market district has left it without any parks, but several welcoming public green spaces wait just a short walk away and are free for anyone to enjoy. To the southwest, the 13-acre Union Park lets visitors play all day with tennis and basketball courts, baseball fields, a large pool, a children's water spray play area, and a playground. For a small fee, kids can ride the carousel, and picnic tables and grills make it easy for families to spend the day. A floral garden and shade trees provide a nice rest after a workout or game, and leashed dogs get a welcome break from the urban landscape. Union Park also plays host to the annual North Coast Music Festival, where the diverse line-up of musical guests has included BassNectar, Kid Cudi and Snoop Dog. Further east, the 1.5-acre Bartleme Park entertains both kids and dogs with a large playground on one side and a dog run on the other. The modern, rubberized playground offers children many ways to climb and swing, and many local residents consider Bartleme's play area the best in the area. At the sunken dog run, pups go free in a safely enclosed space with a double-fenced entrance to thwart escape artists. Dogs also get a circulating water fountain all to themselves and lots of concrete levels to leap and play. An open lawn stretches between the dog area and playground to let visitors relax. Bring your lawn chair on summer nights to catch the free film screenings.