One of the great things about West Ridge is the community's incredible diversity. Here you will find flourishing Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern, and Jewish communities and businesses. The area has become extremely popular with those seeking authentic ethnic restaurants, grocery stores, and shops. West Ridge is one of the safer communities as evidenced by the number of families and children that can be seen walking from home to school or on their way to go shopping.
There are several dog-friendly parks and greenways in the area for you to enjoy along with numerous pet supply stores and dog groomers for you to check out. Residents say this is a 'nice, quiet community that is fun' to live in. One thing to keep in mind is that, just like the rest of Chicago, winters here can be severe with days of sub-zero temperatures, unbelievable wind chill temperatures, and lake-effect snow that has to be seen to be believed.
There is not much in the way of terrain variance in West Ridge. Like the rest of Chicago, the entire community looks like a monstrous bulldozer was used before the first home was built here. However, on the west side of the town is Lincolnwood Centennial Park and the North Branch of the Chicago River, where you might find the paths along the riverbank to be more challenging for an energetic dog. The flat terrain in the rest of the area is perfect for a dog who is elderly or has medical issues like hip dysplasia that can make walking challenging. The entire community is quite large and offers you the chance to vary your walks on a daily basis, no matter what area of town you happen to live in. Like most of the older communities in Chicago, the streets are lined with sidewalks separated from the roads by grassy strips and plenty of shady trees.
Being an upper-middle-class neighborhood, West Ridge was built to include a lot of green spaces. Numerous parks, both large and small, can be found throughout the community. Most of the parks are dog-friendly and provide at least some grass for you and your pup to play on.
Along the western edge of town runs miles of Lincoln Centennial Park with trails to hike on, trees to sit in the shade under, and acres of grass to relax or run around on. Located in the northeast corner of West Ridge is Warren Park. This park offers tennis courts, baseball diamonds, an ice rink, and, of course, plenty of walking trails and grass for you and your furry four-legged friend to spend hours exploring and playing on.
At Indian Boundary Park, there are trails to explore, a small lagoon, and acres of wooded grass to explore. Just remember to pay heed to local leash laws while you visit.