Belmont Heights is often considered to be one of the 'Forgotten Neighborhoods' of Chicago. It has long been one of the Irish/Italian neighborhoods, but today is becoming increasingly diverse. The community is a blend of ranch and bungalow-style homes. Some of these homes date back as far as 1908, while others are still undergoing construction today. Inside the community borders, residents enjoy a number of beautiful parks for everyone within walking distance, no matter where you live. Tree-lined sidewalks line the streets and if you are walking in the outer borders of the community, you will find a variety of restaurants to choose from serving a range of cultural dishes. This is one of the nicer neighborhoods in the area to go for a walk in with your pooch on a nice sunny day. During most of the year, the weather is ideal for walking, but you may find winters here are a bit too cold for your tastes.
What can you say about the terrain in Belmont Heights that hasn't been said about the rest of Chicago? There are only so many ways to say the terrain is flat here, but for those of you who have elderly dogs, dogs who are overweight, or a dog with physical limitations, living somewhere flat may not be a bad thing. Of course, you are only a few blocks away from the beach, so you can always wander over there if you want grass and sand to walk on. The sidewalks here are a mix. Some have grass between them and the streets, others do not. But all areas have wide enough sidewalks for you and your pooch to go for walks on and get in that much needed exercise. However, even those that are mostly cement still have shady trees lining them to help keep you cooled down on your walks.
The community of Belmont Heights offers a number of dog-friendly parks for you and your pup to enjoy, and depending on where your home happens to be, they should be within walking distance. Lake Michigan and numerous beaches and parks for the two of you to play in are only a short drive to the east. For those who don’t really want to spend a lot of time on the beach, there are several more dog-friendly parks within a reasonable driving distance of virtually anywhere in the community. For those who are interested in finding a green space just for humans, there is Wrigley Field, home of the World-Famous Chicago Cubs and the second oldest MLB stadium in the country. Just be sure to take your dog out for a walk before you take yourself out to the ball game so he has a chance to go potty and stretch his legs.