Boys Town, Chicago is the first village in the United States to be recognized as a "gay village." All along Broadway, you will find an incredible array of restaurants and theme shops. The area also offers over 30 different bars and nightclubs that cater to the LGBTQ+ crowd. While there are a few standalone homes here, the majority of the housing includes apartments and condominiums. There are many families with children living in the neighborhood and it may be one of the most colorful in the city! Living here also means having access to some of the most amazing restaurants in the area and puts you within a few blocks of Wrigley Field, home of the Cubbies.
Being only a few blocks from the lake and lakeside parks makes summers here spectacular. It means taking long walks and watching the ships out in the lake or the boats going in and out of the harbor.
As you might imagine, the Boys Town area is heavily paved, leaving very little room for anything in the way of green space. Thankfully, the streets are lined with wide grass berms, shade trees, and sidewalks. In recent years, the entire community has undergone a significant revitalization and is not only one of the largest LGBTQ+ communities in the country, but one of the most beautiful in Chicago. The area also enjoys having a crime rate that is one of the lowest in the city which could explain why so many families call it home.
The terrain itself is quite flat, making it ideal for taking your pup out for a walk. Short walks are best at first as you build your way up to taking longer ones. In the summer, keep your walks to the morning hours before the pavement starts to heat up to protect your pup's paws from being burned.
The neighborhood might be colorful, but somewhere along the way, someone forgot to add in any green spaces. While it would be nice to have at least a small park in the community, those who live here are only a few blocks from the shores of Lake Michigan.
There are several parks including the Waveland Picnic Field and accompanying park that runs between the Marina and the lake all the way out past the Belmont Harbor Fuel Dock. There are plenty of trails for you to enjoy walking along. If you take the Lakefront Trail, it will take you and your pooch to the Belmont Harbor Dog Beach where they can run around and play in the water with canine friends. The area is not fenced in and is not overly large, but it is big enough for the two of you to have a little fun on the beach and in the water together.