Humboldt Park is located on the west side of Chicago and is largely home to Chicago’s Puerto Rican community. It is located roughly six miles northwest of Chicago's downtown area. Humboldt Park is named for a large park of the same name that is adjacent directly east of the neighborhood’s borders. This neighborhood is largely residential, but there are plenty of small businesses and things to do including great places to grab Latin food, elementary schools, and the annual Puerto Rican People’s Parade!
Much like the rest of Chicago, Humboldt Park gets to experience all four seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. Throughout the year, temperatures range from 18° - 84°F, but can also get significantly warmer or colder, depending on the months and winter’s lake-effect snow! Thankfully, while Chicago is known as the Windy City, it is not actually any windier than most other urban cities in the U.S.
While most of the neighborhood is largely artificial, almost twenty greenways make up for that and give this neighborhood a nice mix of urban life and nature. Many streets have sidewalks to use during your daily walks and these sidewalks are typically lined with grass which you sometimes need for your pup when you are not heading straight to a park for the day. Additionally, most streets have large trees, which are great for providing shade on those long walks during summer and make being outdoors just a little more bearable.
Walking in Humboldt Park should be leisurely and easy. This neighborhood is pretty flat, with little or no change in elevation. There are several larger main streets, mostly on the north side of the neighborhood, where many of the businesses are located. However, for the most part, pedestians and their pups should not be dealing with high-speed traffic or large thoroughfares.
With twenty greenways, Humboldt Park is a great place for a short walk or some park time! Most greenways seem to be small residential parks with playgrounds and, sadly, no specific dog parks or runs. These include Ohio and Harding Park, Linden Park, Kedavle Park, and more. Your pet will need to be leashed, however, at all times in these areas.
Immediately adjacent to the neighborhood is Humboldt Park, the large public-park that shares its name with this neighborhood. Humboldt Park, while not technically within the borders of the neighborhood, is only a short walk away. While there are no dog parks or runs inside the park, it is a great space for a long, leisurely walk with your furry friend. This area has a large lake and boathouse, a small beach (where, unfortunately, dogs are not allowed), the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, and many sports fields and facilities.