The Washington Heights Brainerd community sits on the far south side of downtown Chicago. It is home to one of the most significant populations of single-family homes in the Greater Chicago Area. The town is close enough to the city for commuters, yet is also home to many who prefer to work in the suburbs. Along with a wide selection of both smaller and larger single-family homes, there are several condominiums in the area.
Over the years, Washington Heights Brainerd has managed to maintain its middle-class standing and is also home to the Brainerd Bungalow Historic District. The Brainerd District sits just to the west of I-94 and is a quiet neighborhood with tree-lined streets, pet shops, and dog-friendly parks within a short driving distance no matter where you live in the town. In its heyday, Brainerd was home to an incredibly diverse community of immigrants from all over Europe.
Like most of Chicago, the land here is as flat as a pancake. While Brainerd is mostly residential, there are a few large commercial enterprises on the outskirts. Scattered throughout the community are numerous small businesses and restaurants for you to check out as you take your pup for a walk. But, if you are searching for a challenging hike, you are likely to be disappointed thanks to the flat terrain. However, walking with your pup can be as challenging as you want it to be, even on level ground, if you are willing to be creative. The residential areas all have wide sidewalks with plenty of grass for your pup to walk and relax on while you rest underneath the shade of nearby trees. Although it's a bit of drive, you can also take your pup out to the beaches and parks along the shores of Lake Michigan to play.
Brainerd has several dog-friendly parks for you and your pup to investigate as you please. The largest of them is Robichaux Park on the east side of the town. Covering several acres, this park offers walking trails, baseball diamonds, and plenty of shady trees and grass for the two of you to enjoy.
In the middle of town is Brainerd Park which offers tennis courts, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, a playground, and plenty of walking trails and grass for both of you to enjoy. To the west, just across S. Beverly Blvd., sits Cosme Park and the Dan Ryan Woods. Though technically outside of community limits, this a large area for you and your pooch to explore and play in on any nice, warm summer day. With tennis courts, baseball diamonds, trails, and plenty of grass, you and your dog are sure to have a good time no matter where you decide to roam.