Ranch Triangle is a square, midsize neighborhood on the northeast side of Chicago and is part of the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The neighborhood is bordered by the North Branch of the Chicago River and West North Avenue. The area along the river is entirely industrial in Ranch Triangle, not leaving many opportunities to access the river here.
Businesses are clustered along North Clybourn Avenue. There are several small restaurants, but most do not offer outdoor seating. Just across the north branch of the Chicago River is the Doggy Paddle Aquatic Center for Dogs where your dog can learn to swim and receive the therapeutic benefits of water.
Just across the Kennedy Expressway, Walsh Park provides a dog-friendly area where your dog can play off-leash with her friends along with walking trails under mature tree cover which is perfect for cooling off after playing on a hot Chicago day.
Homes in Ranch Triangle are attractive single-family homes of varying sizes and architectural design. Homes are generally spaced closely or flush together and if yards are present, they tend to be small and fenced. There is a good divider between the sidewalk and road. The architecturally diverse homes make for an interesting walk, but because of the lack of lawns, you will tend to keep your dog close to your side throughout most of this neighborhood. Neighborhood streets tend to be long and straight and are lush with thick tree cover, making this a cool walk on hot Chicago days, as well as sheltering you on windy days.
Adams Playground Park has some enjoyable paths under tree cover where you can walk your dog on a loose leash. Not far from Ranch Triangle, Oz Park offers trails that you can walk on through the trees, as well as some grassy areas around the central ballpark.
Unfortunately, there is not any green space or park on the north branch of the Chicago River in Ranch Triangle, but by heading up the river for a couple of miles you can find the Webster Wildlife Site which is a forested natural area that borders the shoreline and extends for a little distance inland.
Down the river in the other direction, you can find the Ward A. Montgomery Park and the Larrabee Dog Park where you and your dog can enjoy walking along the pleasant path beside the river. The dog park provides a place for you to let your dog run off-leash with their friends. This park is not large, but it offers a sandy and concrete area for a diverse and fun experience.
By heading towards the coast, you can get to the Lincoln Park and North Avenue Beach where you can enjoy miles of paths along the South Lagoon as well as enjoy swimming at the beach.