Montclare is a residential community located in the upper northwest corner of Chicago. It is roughly ten miles outside of the downtown area of the Windy City. Most of the neighborhood is made of single-family homes, but there are also smaller, local restaurants, chain restaurants, and some medical facilities available to locals and residents.
Montclare is frequently named one of the top dog-friendly neighborhoods in Chicago. With Mont Clare Animal Hospital, Banfield Pet Hospital, Park Animal Hospital, and the most veterinarians per capita in the city, your pup is sure to be well-cared for in this neighborhood! Additionally, there is a large, well-known pet store in the southern part of the area.
Average temperatures range from 18° - 84°F, but Chicago experiences all four seasons, so those temperatures can quickly drop or rise! Be sure to check the daily forecast before you and your dog head out for a daily walk and you should be just fine.
This neighborhood is mostly flat, with only very small increases and decreases in elevation. Most of this residential neighborhood is lined with sidewalks, helping to ensure your dog has a safe experience! While mostly artificial, the neighborhood still has a decent amount of trees and grassy areas and residents regularly take care of their expansive front and backyards to keep the area appealing. Make sure you clean up after your pet or Montclare residents might not be too happy with you using their neighborhood to walk your pup!
Some main roadways will have busier and faster traffic, but pedestrians should be safe in this largely quiet and residential neighborhood. Montclare is bordered by Harlem Avenue to the west, West Belmont Avenue to the north, North Nashville Avenue to the east, and the Chicago Metra Rail system to the south. Overall, it's in a nice location that provides walkers with a variety of scenery to enjoy.
Unfortunately, there are only two greenways in Montclare. Bell Park, located on the north side of the neighborhood is largely used for its tennis facilities and baseball field, however, it is still a great location for a walk and to enjoy some people-watching.
However, on the south side of the neighborhood, you will find Rutherford Sayre Park: a 12-acre, public park. Originally, the area was three separate parks, but they were combined in 1999. The park is now home to a fitness center, tennis courts, a spray pool, a football and soccer field, a baseball and softball field, a playground, general recreation areas, and a large nature reserve. Rutherford Sayre Park is a popular spot during the summer months, as many local sports teams and summer camps use the park’s amenities. This is a great place for a walk, as there will be plenty of smells for your dog to enjoy and you will likely run into other neighborhood pets!