Graceland West is a charming little neighborhood on the north side of Chicago filled with condos, duplexes, apartments, and townhomes. Here, you will find college students, families, young professionals, and retirees all living together. Along Greenview Ave., the homes resemble miniature mansions as many of them were built during the Victorian era. Some of these homes have been converted into multi-unit housing for students and young professionals. There aren't many restaurants in the immediate area, but you don't have far to drive to find tasty places to eat. The streets here are lined with sidewalks and wide grass berms hidden under massive shade trees, making them a great place to take a walk.
Winters here can be harsh to live with, especially when the winds come howling off the lake, driving the temperatures well below zero. Often the winds drive heavy snows along with them, burying all of Chicago in many inches of snow.
Graceland West is a carefully laid out network of residential streets, along which you will find wide sidewalks and even wider stretches of grass for you to stroll along. Summers here tend to be quite warm with temperatures in the high 80s. As long as the sidewalks are hidden in the shade, they tend to be quite cool, but don't be fooled! When they are exposed to direct sunlight, they can quickly become hot enough to cause burns to sensitive puppy paws. If you must walk during the summer months, be sure to take your walks early in the day.
In the winter when the paths are covered in snow and ice, you should train your pup to walk in doggie booties. Not only will this help to keep their paws nice and clean, but it will also help to reduce the risk of frostbite.
Throughout Graceland West, you will be treated to opulent gardens, elegant mansions, and streets lined from end to end with old growth shade trees. There isn't much in the way of parks for you to enjoy, but there is the Graceland West cemetery which covers a vast section of the area and has numerous trails running throughout. You can even take the paths to the east side of the cemetery where you will find Challenger Park and the Challenger Dog-Friendly Area. This is a large fenced in area where you can let your pup run around without being tied to a leash. It's a great way to socialize them with other dogs and people.
While not a huge park, it does have a dog watering station and plenty of room for your pup and their friends to chase each other around in. There are dog waste bags available and a receptacle to put them in.