The Belmont Cragin community is one that has seen adversity as manufacturers like Hall Printing shuttered their doors back between the 1980s and 1990s. But in recent years, the area has seen a slow but steady revitalization effort made by those who call the neighborhood home. Today, it a quiet family community with both Polish and Hispanic cultural roots that make it a lovely place to live while you are raising your family. The neighbors are friendly and always ready to lend a hand. There are pet shops, groomers, and plenty of dog-friendly parks for you to explore. You will also find a delightful selection of delis, restaurants, and eateries to tempt your palate while you are taking a walk or for later in the day. Between the friendly neighbors, dog-friendly parks, and low crime rate, Belmont Cragin is one of the more popular communities for dog lovers in the Greater Chicago area.
The terrain in Belmont Cragin can only be described as looking a lot like the wheat fields of Kansas in that you can see for miles and miles. How you think of the terrain depends on your level of fitness and that of your dog. For the beginner or someone who is much more fond of flat ground, this is the perfect way for you both to increase your fitness and stamina. However, if the two of you are avid hikers, you might be a bit disappointed. However, you can always head out of the city and find more challenging terrain, but be prepared to drive for a while as this part of the Midwest is flat all around. The trick is to take different routes, visit the various parks on different days, and drive out to the many other dog-friendly parks in the community or all the way out to the beaches of Lake Michigan.
Belmont Cragin is a very fortunate community in the Greater Chicago area as not only does it have one large park, but there are several smaller ones scattered throughout. Riis Park has a lot to offer the entire family including tennis courts, a playground, lagoon, and plenty of trails for you and your pup to explore. There's even a casting pier for you to fish from. This 56-acre park also has a waterpark, swimming pool, and ice skating rink.
If you don't mind driving a little bit, there are many different parks scattered throughout the neighboring communities for the two of you to explore. If you feel adventurous, the beaches and parks of Lake Michigan are only a few miles to the east. They make a fantastic place to take the whole family out for the day, but don't forget to pack food and water for your pup as well!