Longwood Manor is a residential area within the greater neighborhood of Washington Heights in south Chicago. Its northern border runs parallel to W. 95th Street and its southern border bends around I-57. It is mostly known as a commuter area where middle-class workers reside at night and travel to downtown Chicago by day. Because of this, the neighborhood is mostly residential and only has a handful of chain businesses and restaurants scattered throughout its bounds.
Chicago can be a beautiful place to walk a dog in the summertime but it is also known for its brutally cold winters. Biting winds coming off of Lake Michigan can make the colder months very harsh, so it will be important to remember to take the proper precautions if you decide to take a dog for a walk during this time of year. Doggy coats or boots may be necessary to act as a buffer from the biting cold.
The terrain in Longwood Manor is extremely flat, just like the majority of the Chicago area. Because of its location on Chicago’s south side, there are hardly any hills, steep inclines, or dramatic changes in elevation to present any real challenge to your daily walk. The neighborhood is somewhat of a transition area between urban and suburban environments so it is mostly artificial with some natural elements like green space and trees on the sidewalks and some intermittent parks.
There will be a mild amount of foot and street traffic in Longwood Manor during rush hour times, especially on major thoroughfares like South Halsted Street but many of the residential areas are quiet and pleasant for walking. However, Longwood Manor doesn’t have much to offer in the way of parks or greenways and many of the neighboring communities have better terrain for dog walking such as Auburn Gresham, Beverly View, or the Dan Ryan Woods.
Oakdale Park is one of only two major parks or greenways in Longwood Manor. The park totals 9 acres and it has two multi-purpose club rooms as well as a playground, outdoor pool, and four separate baseball diamonds. It is located in the north-central portion of Longwood Manor, right beside W. 95th Street. Euclid Park is the second park located in the southeastern corner of the neighborhood. It totals 5.63 acres and also has multiple baseball fields, tennis courts, and a playground. Both of these parks offer ample green space and walkways for you and your dog.
If you venture outside of Longwood Manor, there are several other parks to explore. To the west of the neighborhood is Ridge Park which is roughly the same size as Euclid and offers many of the same amenities. The Dan Ryan Woods lay just north of Ridge Park which is a forest preserve that spans 257 acres.