This neighborhood is located close to the west side of Chicago. Old homes share space with beautiful 100-year-old cathedrals. As a quiet small community, this neighborhood has stayed close to its roots as an area of eastern European immigrants. You won’t find much in the way of amenities for dog lovers, but a short walk in any direction will help you find your pup’s favorite treats and necessities and provide for their grooming and health needs. Despite the lack of amenities nearby for human and dog alike, the neighborhood is rich with history and architectural beauty, so it offers plenty to see on your long walks with your four-footed best friend. You can walk just outside the neighborhood and you are likely to find plenty of places to stop for a drink or snack if you are so inclined. Chicago weather means lots of great walking weather, but be aware that winters in Chicago can be pretty brutal.
The streets of Chicago are all flat, so you won’t have to worry about tackling any steep hills. If you are looking for more of a challenge, you may find that a bit of running or a longer walk is just what you need to make sure you and your dog get the exercise you need. Tree-lined streets mean that your walk will have plenty of shade for much of it and that your dog will be able to find some nice places to sniff around and explore. You will be walking on concrete for all of your walks, but if you want to find someplace with a bit more grass, you don't have to go far to find it. Just outside the village, there are a few parks that will provide nice grassy areas and trails that will be much easier on the feet as well as far more relaxing.
While you will not find much in the way of green spaces in Ukrainian Village, don’t despair, because nature is not too far away! Just a few blocks to the east and accessible both on foot and by car is Humboldt Park. This massive 219-acre park has a little bit of everything, but for a dog lover and his best friend, it has plenty of paths and trails, a pond, and a beach. Smith Park to the southwest of Ukrainian Village has a walking path and green areas for your dog to explore. There are also a number of dog parks within minutes of Ukrainian Village, including the Wicker Dog-Friendly Area and Churchhill Park. These parks allow for greater freedom, so your overactive dog can get some of his wiggles out before you head home. They are the only place where your dog is allowed to be off-leash so he can run and play to his heart's content.