The Seminary District is a neighborhood in the southwestern corner of Maywood, Illinois which is a satellite town outside of Chicago. Though its name might suggest a strong religious presence, the neighborhood is mostly residential and has no more churches or institutions of religious practice than most average American towns. The neighborhood is fairly large and has a history of crime and gang-related activity, so it is best for walking during the daytime.
Though Maywood is near the city limits of Chicago, it is still 10 miles west of the center of the city. Because of this, it doesn’t experience nearly as much of the brutal wind and biting cold coming off of Lake Michigan during the winter that the areas closer to downtown experience. Its winters can still be very cold, but the summer and springtime in Maywood are lovely, ideal seasons for dog walking with your pup at your side.
Like most of the Chicago area, the Seminary District in Maywood is extremely flat. You will not encounter any hills, steep inclines, or dramatic shifts in elevation while on a walk. In fact, the walking terrain in this neighborhood is about as mild as they come with sidewalks on most of the streets that are lined with trees and grassy areas.
Maywood isn’t a heavily traveled town, so the street and foot traffic will be minimal most times of the day. The major thoroughfares that define the boundaries of the Seminary District are Madison Street to the north, Harrison Street to the south, 25th Avenue to the west, and 9th Avenue to the east. These roads will likely have a fair amount of traffic during regular rush hour times, so it will be best for you and your dog to venture into the quieter parts of the neighborhood during high-traffic rush hour.
There are no parks or greenways within the immediate borders of the Seminary District, but there are plenty of options within close walking distance. Just a few blocks north of the district, you will find Memorial Park. The park is small, but it has a good amount of open green space, several athletic fields, and a number of trees around its border that provide shade. This is the only major park within the borders of the whole town of Maywood.
If you venture west down Washington Boulevard, you will find Stevenson Park. This park is much larger than Memorial Park and it has an enormous indoor fitness complex as well as open fields, athletic fields, and a creek that runs along its eastern edge. There are also some smaller parks on the eastern side of Maywood that you and your dog can explore, but Stevenson and Memorial are the two most conveniently located near the Seminary District.