Norwood Park West is part of a larger neighborhood called Norwood Park, which is an old neighborhood dating back to 1872. The area is rich in history and home to about 36 thousand residents. Norwood Park West is only a small part of this larger community, but it is home to a community of mostly single family homes with large yards, plenty of trees, and, of course, wide sidewalks for walking your dog. You will find plenty of grass on the sides of many of the roads. While you will not find any parks in this neighborhood, you can venture just a few blocks outside of the area where there are plenty of places to take your pup for his daily romp. Norwood Park West is mostly residential, with a large hospital and some schools within its bounds, so if your four-footed friend needs a new toy or a trip to the vet you will need to venture out only a few blocks from the neighborhood to find what he needs.
You would be hard pressed to find any hills in most of Chicago, so most avid pet owners/walkers have learned to improvise when they want more than just a leisurely stroll. The flat terrain is great for beginners, but as you and your dog start to get more fit, increasing distance and intensity is a great way to make your walk a bit more challenging. Unfortunately, if you are looking to stick to Norwood Park West, you won’t find a lot of grass or open areas to take your dog for a run or roll in the grass. Nearly all of the terrain is concrete, although some roads do have grassy areas beside them that your dog will certainly enjoy. If you want softer terrain for your pup’s tender feet, you will probably want to venture outside of the area in search of one of the local parks.
Norwood Park West is a very small community and as such, it does not have much in the way of greenways. The only greenways belong to the local high school and most schools do not allow dogs on their property. Fortunately, you do not have to go too far out of the community to find a greenway. Jaycee Park just to the west offers a large open area of grass which is perfect for your dog to roll in and explore. To the North is Olympia Park which has mostly sports fields but has plenty of grass and trees your dog can enjoy as well as some benches for you to rest your feet while your furry friend explores. Additionally, Oriole Park is to the south on the other side of the expressway with Myrtle Grove Park and Norwood Circle Park on the east side just outside of the bounds of the neighborhood but still in walking distance.