Ravenswood Manor is a small community in Chicago, situated along the North Branch of the Chicago River. Recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, this small community is comprised mainly of single family dwellings and is often described as a pleasant area filled with trees, parks, and 'inviting sidewalks.' This alone makes Ravenswood Manor the perfect place to take your dog for a leisurely stroll. There are plenty of eateries around the neighborhood should you want to stop for a bite, and while you won’t find any pet stores in the immediate neighborhood, there is a veterinarian just within the borders of the neighborhood. You can look forward to warm weather from mid-spring to fall, although the humidity can get quite high so consider walking in the early morning. Being next to the lake, you may find that winter walks are a bit chilly so keep an eye on the forecast!
You will not find much in the way of hills anywhere in Chicago, so if you are looking for challenging walks, you may need to find other ways to increase your dog’s heart rate than altitude. Interval training where you alter your pace is not only good for humans, it can also be great for Fido’s heart and health as well. The lack of hills is one of the few drawbacks of Ravenswood Manor, but there are lots of things to see and plenty of green for both you and your pet to enjoy. There are parks along the river just outside of the neighborhood, as well as lots of trees and shady areas within the neighborhood that are perfect rest spots on those hot days. You are not likely to find a single street that does not have at least some shade and greenery to enjoy.
When you live in a city, sometimes finding areas with greenways can be a serious drawback to urban living. You won’t find that to be a problem in this quaint, historic neighborhood. The sidewalks have generous amounts of green grass and trees, making them perfect for strolling. If you're looking for wider spaces, there are parks nearby where your pup can stretch his legs.
Ravenswood Manor Park is situated in the central part of the neighborhood and features a bit of extra grass and plenty of trees. Buffalo Park is a tiny green space farther south in the area, but it makes a nice place to stop during your walk. To the north and south of Ravenswood Manor, you will find three much larger parks along the river including the Chicago Park District River Park, Ronan Park, and Horner Park. All three parks have trails for walking and the River Park also has a dog-friendly area.