Most of the homes in Cottage Grove Heights are single-family Cape Cod or Georgian style homes built between 1918 and 1966. It is located in the North Pullman area of the city and right across the street from Chicago State University. It is a mostly residential area and home to the Theophilus Schmid High School. There are several pet stores and groomers within driving distance, but very little nearby. Keep in mind that there is a fair amount of industry on the east side of the community which may require some caution to navigate.
Like most of Greater Chicago, Cottage Grove Heights enjoys warm, sunny days during the spring and fall with hot, humid days all summer long, and of course, bitterly cold weather for long stretches of the winter. This can include several inches of lake-effect snow blowing in over a very short period of time and possibly overnight at certain times of the year.
The terrain in the Cottage Grove Heights community is perfect for those that have dogs that are a little on the overweight side or have reached their golden years. In other words, the terrain here is nice and flat, making it possible for the two of you to take in several blocks each time you go out. Without the challenge of hills to take in, the best thing you can do to get the exercise you both need is to vary the blocks you walk and the number of them you walk down. There are a few paths that cut through the woods in the northeast corner up by the Chicago University Aquaponics Center, but given the high risk of becoming a victim of crime, most people tend to avoid walking in these areas. You will find walking the tree-lined sidewalks in the central part of the community to be somewhat safer.
Cottage Grove Heights has one thing going for it that you might not see in many others. A long green space is running the length of the community from east to west. It divides E. 97th Street and is wide enough to take your pup out in to play. Most of the residential streets here are lined with shady trees and sidewalks, giving you plenty of places to go walking. In the northwest corner sits a large area with paths cut through. But they may not be the safest place to walk.
There are numerous parks to be found in neighboring areas, most of which allow dogs as long as you keep yours on a leash and clean up any messes he makes. Of course, just to the east is Lake Michigan with several parks along with at least one doggy beach for you and your pooch to spend some valuable time having fun in the sun.