Avondale is a boot-shaped community on the northwest side of Chicago that is bordered by Addison Street and the north branch of the Chicago River. Avondale is likely named for the Avondale coal mine fire in the 1800s. Avondale was racially integrated earlier than most American cities and there is also a strong Polish Community in the neighborhood, resulting in fascinating Polish arts and culture in this area.
There are several grooming salons in this area where your dog can get spruced up, including the Temple of the Dog and Meow Lounge and The Salon Dog. Across Highway 90, you can also find some training for your dog whether you want to delve into canine sports or just want some basic obedience in the Canine Sports Dog Training Center or Mannered Mutts dog training. Along Belmont Ave., you can find some pleasant restaurants and cafes, including a couple with some outside seating.
Homes in Avondale are generally attractive single-family homes that are closely spaced with little or no front yards, or brick apartment buildings of three or four stories. In most places, there is a good divider between sidewalk and road, but roads tend to be busy with traffic and sidewalks busy with people, so you will keep your dog close to you throughout most of Avondale. The tree cover throughout this area is nice, especially on hot Chicago days. The terrain here is mostly flat, with long straight blocks.
You can walk to most places you want to go to in Avondale, and there are several good roads for biking as well. You can follow a bike trail most of the way to the Chicago River, even under the Kennedy Expressway. While most of the walking in Avondale is rather tight, by seeking out the north branch of the Chicago River, you can find much more varied and interesting terrain to explore.
There aren't many places to walk aside from the neighborhood streets of Avondale until you get to the north branch of the Chicago River. The Avondale Neighborhood Park is a cute little park that borders the highway where you can let your dog stretch her legs among the grass and trees. Parkview Park also provides a nice place to walk with your dog under some trees, but is not very large.
The Chicago River offers many more natural and green places for you and your dog. There are trails on both sides of the river as well as forested and grassy areas so your dog can explore a variety of environments. The grassy areas along the river are perfect to play a game of ball or fetch with your dog, but since most areas are not fenced, you will need to keep your dog on a leash. For an exciting adventure, you can even launch a canoe into the river.