North Park is appropriately the home of North Park University and next-door neighbors with Northeastern Illinois University. Initially a Swedish community, today it is a culturally diverse college town complete with its own nature center and huge park. Dog lovers will find dog-friendly parks such as Peterson Park, the LaBagh Woods, Gompers Park, and more. On your walk through the area, you will come across single and multi-family housing nestled together with sizeable suburban yards.
North Park is also home to the Montrose and Bohemian Cemeteries. Given the diversity in the neighborhood, your stroll can take you past restaurants serving Swedish quiche, Indian and Pakistani dishes, Korean delicacies, and even Brazilian-style desserts. While there aren't any pet stores in the community, there are several available in neighboring communities within driving distance, regardless of where you happen to live in North Park. You simply couldn't ask for a more charming area of Chicago to call home.
The flatlands of the Wyoming prairies and North Park have one thing in common with each other: both are flat enough that if there were no buildings in sight, you could literally see for miles. But, to the avid dog walker, having flat ground to walk on is merely another challenge to be met. The challenge? To find a way to turn this type of terrain into something more than it is to ensure you both get your exercise. This means changing your walking routes, take long walks, short walks, and even explore new areas. Go fast on one day and then turn around and take your time along the way, allowing your pup to sniff and enjoy his walk. This is made easier in this neighborhood especially as all of the residential streets feature tree-lined sidewalks wide enough for both of you to walk along side by side on your daily outings.
Those who choose to call North Park home will find they are surrounded by a variety of green spaces. There are cemeteries to the south, the North Park Village Nature Center to the north, and Legion Park to the east. The only side that is not a green space is to the west where there is a small industrial complex.
The North Park Village Nature Center is a 46-acre nature preserve that includes several hiking trails, an educational center, and a birding area. The preserve offers visitors an oasis filled with nature where you truly can feel like you are getting away from it all. Be sure you keep your pooch on a leash!
To the east sits Legion Park which straddles the North Branch of the Chicago River. This park runs for several miles in both directions along the river and is lined with trails, trees, and plenty of grassy areas for you and your pup to enjoy.