Sauganash was once part of a land tract and was annexed by Chicago in the 1880s. It is named after Billy Caldwell, who was known as Sauganash, which means 'English speaking'. Billy Caldwell was born to an Irish father and a Mohawk mother, eventually becoming the leader of the Potawatomi. This tribe, led by Caldwell, was an important negotiator during the difficult relations between the native Americans and colonists in the area.
This area has many historic homes as well as some lovely churches. It is bordered by North Park and Edgebrook and shares a perimeter with the LaBagh Woods and the Forest Glen Woods. There is lots of beautiful natural area in this region, centered around the winding north branch of the Chicago River.
W. Peterson Ave divides this neighborhood but most businesses are located on N. Cicero Ave including several nice restaurants with outdoor seating, like East of Edens.
Sauganash is a flat and primarily residential neighborhood with large and architecturally fascinating homes that are mostly historic. Homes are set back behind grassy lawns and there is a wide divider between the sidewalk and street. Extensive tree cover shades this walk on hot Chicago days and provides shelter from the wind. You will enjoy walking your dog on a loose leash or bicycling throughout Sauganash and to any of the lovely parks in the area.
Peterson Park is kitty-corner to Sauganash and easily accessible by foot or bike. This lovely space offers large forested areas with walking trails as well as open fields. A sprawling pond with little bridges provides a great place for your dog to test her footing and be exposed to being around water.
If you want to really feel like explorers in the wilderness with your dog, go to the LaBagh or Forest Glen Woods, both of which provide miles of forested exploration.
The Forest Glen Woods extends for many miles, stretching around the Billy Caldwell Golf Course and continuing on into the Edgebrook Woods. So many acres of nearly continuous forest provides a home for all kinds of wildlife that your dog will love hearing and smelling, even if you don’t see it.
The north branch of the Chicago River runs through this forest, providing you with gorgeous views along the water as well as the opportunity to challenge your dog and yourself to difficult terrain for a mentally and physically exhausting hike.
The LaBagh Woods is also centered around the river, but this forest offers more open grassy spaces than in other wooded areas. Fields surrounded by thick tree cover offer pleasant spots to enjoy that are sheltered from even the windiest Chicago days.
On the other side of Sauganash, Peterson Park is a great place to enjoy strolling down lovely well maintained paths among attractive trees and shrubbery.