Jefferson Park is a community located in the northwest of Chicago, Illinois. It is a family-friendly area with a wealth of amenities for dog owners. However, it is largely residential and therefore a walk with your pooch will tend to involve a lot of sidewalks until you can reach the green areas.
There are a variety of amenities available in the area including the Chicago Dog Academy on Austen Avenue and the nearby Artful Groomer on West Gunnison Street. To the west in Norwood Park, there is a dog-friendly park that always has water bowls available as well as lots of doggie friends for your pooch to meet. In the northeast, you also have Forest Glen Animal Hospital which will serve all your veterinary needs.
The climate in Jefferson Park is fairly moderate, but in the summer months it can get pretty hot at times and can often be incredibly humid. Use appropriate precautions when walking in the heat.
Jefferson Park is a mostly built up area full of houses, shops, and sidewalks. There are much more natural areas to the north with large wooded spaces to explore. Chicago, in general, is a pretty flat city, since it once formed the bottom of a lake that was known as Lake Chicago. Towards the north, the area becomes slightly hillier, but as a rule, you should have no problems traversing this neighborhood in sandals. The area is suited for walkers of any experience level.
What this means for your daily strolls is that you may have to go a little further afield in order to reach open spaces where you can take your dog off the lead. Perhaps save these walks for weekends or days when you have more time to dedicate to adventuring. This, of course, is not true if you live towards the north of Jefferson Park, where you’ll have ready access to the neighborhood's largest greenways.
Towards the north of the area, bordering on the community of South Edgebrook, you have a large amount of woodland and open green space. The various woodlands are known as Edgebrook Woods, Caldwell Woods, and Sidney Yates Flatwoods and boast a variety of pathways and undisturbed woodland that will provide you and your pup a huge amount of space to explore. Please be aware, however, that the Edgewood Golf Course borders these spaces and there are no dogs allowed on the greens.
In the south, you have Jefferson Park itself. This seven-acre greenway has a range of recreational activities including a playground for kids, sports fields, and tennis courts. There are a few more parks and gardens dotted around the neighborhood, but some of these are playgrounds that aren’t suitable for furry friends. It’s a good idea to explore these areas and check them out before you take them off the lead.