Located on Chicago's southwest side, Brighton Park was named after the Brighton neighborhood of Boston, MA. In its early days, Brighton Park was home to many European immigrants coming in from countries like Lithuania, Poland, and Italy. Today, the area continues to remain culturally diverse, making it a favorite place to live. The community is home to a residential area as well as numerous industries and more than enough shops and restaurants for you to enjoy. While most of the housing is single-family housing, there are a few larger units as well. One of the best things about these older areas of Greater Chicago is that there are still plenty of shady trees scattered throughout. The weather here is warm in spring and fall, hot and humid all summer long, and for those who have never lived here, the winters can be unbelievably cold and snowy with much of the weather coming in off of Lake Michigan.
There isn't a hill to be found in Brighton Park, which should come as no surprise since most of the Greater Chicago area is the same. However, just because there aren't any hills to conquer doesn't mean that you can't make your walks challenging. When you don't have hills to add to your workout, you have to be a bit more creative if you want to get the most out of your walks with Lady. This means doing things like checking out different areas of town. If you usually go left when you leave your yard with Lady, try going right instead. Most of the residential streets have sidewalks, however, many are in severe need of repair as the area continues to bring itself back from the edge of disaster. Along with paths, there are plenty of shady trees to help keep you cool on those extended summer walks.
While Brighton Park may not have much in the way of green space, the residential streets are lined with plenty of grassy spots for Lady to do her business on. Beyond this, there is only one park located in the middle of the community. Kelly Park may not be overly large, but it has plenty of places to play baseball, soccer, and other sports. It also has a playground and is listed as a dog-friendly park. However, the good news is that McKinley Park with its 69 acres of grass, ballfields, a splash playground, and a gymnastics area for your kids to play in is a great place to explore. The park also includes McKinley Park Lagoon and plenty of trails for you and Lady to go hiking on. Here, you will also find large open green spaces where you, your family, and of course Lady can spend hours picnicking and playing your favorite games.