The small Chicago community of Edgeware has the distinction of being ranked as the tenth safest community in Chicago and has a lot to offer those who choose to call it home. The community sits on the shore of Lake Michigan and provides excellent hiking and swimming during the warmer months of the year. Of course, like any other community in the area, the winters here tend to be on the cold side with plenty of snow and ice. But during the spring, summer, and fall months, the weather can be beautiful. The area offers several pet suppliers and groomers for you to try, all within easy driving distance should you need supplies or to make your pup look his or her best. The good news is that there are numerous dog parks within driving distance if you want somewhere for your puppy to enjoy playing off-leash with his friends.
The terrain in Edgewater is flat like the rest of the city, but for those who want something a little different, you are only a few blocks away from Edgewater Beach and Lake Michigan. Here, instead of flat concrete, tree-lined streets, you will find a long sandy beach to stroll along. The Lakefront Trail offers you a lovely stroll through Lincoln Park and several acres of lush green space for the two of you to explore. Back in town, most of the residential streets offer sidewalks, grass dividers, and plenty of trees for shade. If you are interested in finding more challenging terrain, your only option is to pack up the family and take your pup out of the city in search of something with plenty of hills to climb up and down. Be prepared to travel a long way, however, as this part of Illinois is pretty flat, no matter where you go.
Because Edgewater is one of the older communities, most of the residential areas are packed relatively tightly, leaving very little room for green spaces. Yet, somehow those who built the community took into consideration the need for green spaces for their kids and dogs to play in. There are several small parks scattered throughout the area, most of which are at least dog-friendly as long as you keep him on a leash and clean up after yourself. Over on the beach, the Lakefront Trail takes you for a nice long walk through Lincoln Park and along Foster Beach. The park stretches for seven miles along the Lake Michigan shoreline and makes an excellent place to share a picnic lunch and let your furry friend play until he has completely tired himself out. Providing you vary your walking routes, you should be able to find a different way to the local green spaces almost every day of the week.