Irving Woods is a small neighborhood on the far Northwest side of Chicago in the community district of Dunning. The community of Dunning was originally settled for poor farmers. In the early 1900s, the state bought the local mental hospital and the property and it remains today, now bearing the simple name of Dunning. The population of the area swelled after World War II with German and Polish immigrants populating the area.
This neighborhood has incredible access to the beautiful natural wilderness in the Schiller Woods South and the Catherine Chevalier Woods. These forested areas provide miles and miles of exploration for you and your dog. On the east side, this neighborhood is bordered by the Acacia Park Cemetery and the Irving Park Cemetery. Irving Woods is a primarily residential neighborhood with businesses clustered along West Irving Park Road. The nearby Midwest School of Dog Grooming can have your dog looking good!
Homes in Irving Woods are charming and are set back from the sidewalk behind lovely grassy yards that are rarely fenced. The wide sidewalk and large grassy divider between sidewalk and road will make you feel comfortable walking your dog on a loose leash or being on a bike, skateboard, or rollerblades at their side. Intermittent tree cover makes this a pleasant walk on hot New York days. Roads that run adjacent to the cemetery like West Irving Park Road are a great place to be on wheels with your dog since they offer many miles of uninterrupted sidewalk where you won't have to worry about traffic.
For much more exploration and an opportunity to let your dog test her footing, you can head into the woods that run adjacent to Irving Woods. The forest follows the Schiller Brook, so you can enjoy vast forested terrain as well as pleasant views of the water.
Irving Woods is lucky enough to be located adjacent to a huge forest that runs along the Des Plaines River and Schiller Brook. The forest runs for many miles through this area, offering acres of completely natural exploration for you and your dog. Whether you want to stick to the maintained foot trails or wander off into the wilderness, this forest can offer you and your dog a wonderful change from walking on the neighborhood streets.
Large grassy areas in the midst of the forest provide a great place to play a game of ball or frisbee on a leash with your dog and also are great sheltered places to enjoy on windy Chicago days. Intermittent small ponds, as well as the rivers, give you a lovely view and the opportunity to see wildlife. You can follow the Des Plaines River all the way up to the Catherine Chevalier Woods for almost unlimited natural exploration.