Hermosa, which has long been a Hispanic blue-collar neighborhood, is suddenly starting to see a significant upswing in its popularity. This community of mostly brick single-family homes is more affordable than its more 'hip' neighbor Logan Square, but that may not last long as more young families are finding their dream home here. The area has so many parks and you are never more than a short walk from one. There are plenty of places for you to stop and grab a bite to eat and the neighborhood has easy access to METRA. The growing community spirit here shows in the number of homes that have been renovated or are in the middle of renovation. Along with several dog-friendly parks in the area, you will also find several pet supply stores and groomers within driving distance. The Fullerton Animal Clinic is easy to find on Fullerton Ave. should your pup need medical attention.
Hermosa could be the ultimate advertisement for the term 'flat'. While this may not seem like a big deal, it can be if you consider yourself and your pup a serious hiker. The good news is that you can take flat ground and turn it into a very challenging walk. The trick is to vary your walking speeds, choose different paths to follow each day, and choose different times of the day to go for walks. Most of the streets have sidewalks with plenty of shady trees for you to enjoy and the symmetrical layout of the community makes it much easier for you to find your way around if you are new to the area. Keep in mind that the neighbors here are more than part of the terrain as they are super friendly and can make going for a walk a lot more fun. Just remember to be courteous to other pedestrians as you walk.
Along with numerous small green spaces scattered throughout the community for you and your pup to take advantage of, there are three larger parks that are well worth exploring with your pooch. The largest of these is Kelvin Park, sitting on approximately 8 acres. Not only is there a gym and fitness center, auditorium, and a number of meeting rooms, there is also plenty of green grass for you and your pup to play on and paths for you to explore together.
Hermosa Park is home to a Chicago Park District Office, a couple of baseball fields, and enough grass for a compelling game of fetch if your dog is especially active. Meanwhile, the Greenbaum Playlot Park offers a playground for the smaller kids, a basketball court, and of course, plenty of grass to offer a reprieve from the heat of the hot summer pavement that can wreak havoc on sensitive paw pads.