Legging it to Lincoln Park

To celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, Sid and I decided to venture into some uncharted territory. Well, uncharted for him anyway. We hoofed it over to the El station, he hopped into his tomato-red travel bag, and we zipped off on the El train down to Lincoln Park.


The sun was bright and the air was warm, so I came prepared with some ice cold water and a small dish so Sid could frequently rehydrate his pug mug throughout our excursion. We exited the train at Diversey and walked East towards the lakefront. By the time we got to the North Pond, Sid and I were both ready for an H2O break and a good ol’ fashioned sit.


We found a nice shady spot where Sid immediately became best friends with his little water dish. We relaxed by the North Pond and watched the birds and other wildlife go about their daily affairs.



After our batteries had recharged we completed the circle around the whole pond, through all the interesting native gardens near the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. In those wonderful gardens we saw lots of songbirds, butterflies, ducks and ducklings, and even a turtle!


The heat was getting to Sid by that point so we started heading back to the El station. Instead of taking the direct route down Diversey, we leisurely zig-zagged down the shady tree-lined side streets. All of a sudden we came upon this wonderfully ornate mansion on Wrightwood Avenue.


My photo doesn’t really capture it well as I couldn’t get the whole facade in the frame as the home is massive. It is known as the Francis J. Dewes House, was built in 1896 for its namesake, and is a registered Chicago landmark. The house next door, which is also from the 1890’s and is a registered Chicago Landmark, was built by Francis’s brother, August Dewes. It is also very ornate and the mansard roof was spectacular.


About a block away from the El station, we took a little break in a shady patch of grass. Sid gulped down the remaining drops of our cool water supply and then proceeded to flop onto his side for a belly rub! It was really funny. He got plenty of “awwws” from passersby.

We had a great day! Hope to have another adventure like this again soon.


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11 Responses to “Legging it to Lincoln Park”

  1. avatar Jean Dion Says:

    I just LOVE those Sherpa bags. Sadly, my pug won’t fit in there. My Boston does, but the pug is a touch too large. It looks like your little one is super comfy in there, though! Glad you had such an excellent day.

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

  2. avatar Idaho PugRanch Says:

    Oh Sid! we love how you peek out of your travel bag! Looks like a great adventure for fathers day!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  3. avatar Payton's mom Says:

    What a perfect day! We want to check out that nature museum too.

  4. avatar Alex Says:

    What a cutie with that smooshface peeking out. Too bad those little legs aren’t a bit longer to keep trotting along.

  5. avatar Meredith & Scarlet Says:

    What a great adventure! I wish Scarlet would drink from a travel bowl. I guess she doesn’t want the boys to see her with a wet mug.

    Meredith & Scarlet

  6. avatar retro rover Says:

    we have a lincoln park here too yours is way nicer
    retro rover

  7. avatar Princess Leah Says:

    Oh Sid, I luffs your travel bag…you look soooo cute peaking out!!!
    What a great place to visit, very special fur Father’s Day, just pawfect
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  8. avatar Linda Says:

    Looks like you and Sid celebrated Father’s Day in a royal fashion! You both sound like such fun company. I’m happy that each of you has such a fine best friend.

  9. avatar stella rose Says:

    Oh we just love that last picture…do you still have to hide from the train inspector? That house was beautiful. stella rose

  10. avatar tweedles Says:

    Sid,, what a wonderful journey to go on the train in your very own bag! You look sooo cute.. You got to see lots of cool stuff!
    I would love the nature garden the best- where the birds and butterflys were,,, but its all soooo very awsome! And you had your friend the water bowl with you too.

  11. avatar Steve Inman Says:

    Sid clearly loves his life thanks to you Brian. And the trip on the El must have been quite the adventure for him!


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