Elmwood Park is a village in Illinois in Cook County. The town is home to many Italian-American, Polish-American, and Latino residents. This diverse mixture has contributed to the unique development of the culture here. The town was founded in 1914 as a separate town from nearby Chicago. Elmwood Park was incorporated as a village in early April 1914 to prevent it from being annexed by the greater city of Chicago.
Residents of Elmwood Park describe it as a dog-friendly place with residents who love to garden and take pride in the way their neighborhood looks. Visitors often feel welcomed by the residents, and there is always a kind neighbor who will help you find your way around if you need it. There are also two animal hospitals in town and several more outside the town that will be happy to help you keep your dog happy and healthy throughout your travels in this part of Illinois.
Dog owners here enjoy a variety of green spaces both in and around the town where leashed dogs are more than welcome to explore and roll around to their hearts’ content. Constitution Park is just south of town and is very popular with the locals who have dogs of their own.
Elmwood Park is the pawfect place to make some new friends, both of the two- and four-legged variety!
North Elmwood Park is a residential neighborhood with plenty of pretty streets to walk your dog on with a view of the envied gardens and lawns found in the area. Your dog will be wagging his tail all over the place throughout the neighborhood. You will want a good leash with you here, as dog owners are common and love to walk their own pups throughout the day. You should keep treats with you to reinforce good behavior from your own pup as you meet new friends throughout North Elmwood Park. Keep waste bags with you as well and be sure to use them to keep the sidewalk areas clean.
Central Elmwood Park is a densely populated residential area. The streets here are home to beautiful houses that you and your dog will admire on your walks through the area. If you are looking to move into town, there are many homes for many budgets found in the area, and dog owners are more than welcome in the community. Your dog will need to stay on leash when outside with you, and you should expect to encounter other dogs regularly, especially in the early mornings and early evenings before folks head off for work or as soon as they get home.
West Elmwood Park is another residential part of town where dog owners love to take their pups for long, relaxing walks after work. Near the Oak Park Country Club (no pups allowed unfortunately) is the dog-friendly Jerome Huppert Woods area, where hiking is common with nature lovers traveling with their dogs. There are small streams that run through the neighborhood into the woods, so you may want to keep a towel handy in case your dog decides he wants to make a splash. Make sure you hike with friends, and keep clean-up bags handy to keep the spot nice for future visitors.
South Elmwood Park is an oasis for dog owners who want access to the best parts of the area. The Des Plaines River runs right through the corner of this neighborhood, and your dog won’t be able to make his way to the water fast enough if you choose to check it out. There are some parks within five minutes of this residential neighborhood if you don’t mind driving just a little bit south to Lindberg Park and Thatcher Woods. Make sure you have towels with you if you do travel to the river. Keep clean-up bags with you as you visit the nearby parks as well.