Bowmanville is a small, triangular neighborhood on the north side of Chicago, not far from the coast of Lake Michigan. Bowmanville borders the Rosehill Cemetery along its long side and is divided between residential and industrial areas.
The business district of Bowmanville is located at the neighborhood’s north side. Tempel Steel takes up a large chunk of the business area, but there are several restaurants and small businesses here as well. Urban Pooch Training and Fitness Center is conveniently located within Bowmanville so that you can work on your dog’s training as well as get her in shape.
Just outside the perimeter of the area is Winnemac Park where you can stretch your legs with your dog. For more extensive natural area and some off leash play time, head towards the river and the River Park Dog Friendly Area. Parks extend up and down this river so you will have almost unlimited exploration with your dog.
Bowmanville is a flat neighborhood that is divided between residential and industrial. Homes are mostly closely spaced apartment buildings or single family homes. Areas with homes tend to have sidewalks with good dividers and pleasant grassy lawns shadowed by large trees.
Blocks that are primarily apartments have less space around the sidewalk. There are also some blocks with planned community apartment buildings centered around charming courtyards with plenty of green space. If you stick to these blocks, you can bicycle or walk with your dog on a loose leash without being worried about traffic throughout much of Bowmanville.
Winnemac Park is just below Bowmanville and is a great place to let your dog run on a loose leash or play a game of ball in the pleasant tree dotted field surrounded by ball fields. For more varied terrain and to let your dog off-leash to play with her friends, head towards the river.
Bowmanville has a nice little greenway just below it in Winnemac Park. To see more nature, you can follow the perimeter of the cemetery north to the West Ridge Nature Preserve. This small preserve has a natural lake with a simple natural trail running around the lake and through the little patch of forest.
For as much natural wilderness as you can stand, go west to the river and all of the beautiful settings and amenities here. Your dog can play with her friends off-leash at the River Park Dog-Friendly Area or you can follow the north branch of the Chicago River for many miles up the N. Shore Channel Trail which provides gorgeous views of the river. Trails meander through tree cover and grass throughout this park area. You can follow the trails on both sides of the river through lovely landscaping and periodic playground and ball fields for a diverse and natural walk.