Sometimes referred to as St. Ben's, North Center is close to grocery stores, supermarkets, fast food chains, as well as locally-owned restaurants which makes walking to complete errands easy and quick. This region is also known for its award-winning public schools, making it a popular place for families.
Chicago's efficient Chicago Transit Authority system reaches far enough north to include the North Center neighborhood which is good news for anyone who prefers to get around the city without a car.
Depending on the level of excitement you're looking for, you're welcome to explore busier avenues such as Damen and Western or Addison and West Belmont. State highway IL-19 is a four-lane byway, yet still has sidewalks on both of its sides.
If your dog is frightened by loud traffic or meeting too many strangers, keep to calmer blocks. Around Horner Park and west of Western Avenue are some cozier corners of North Center where lawns, brownstone apartment buildings, and quaint homes decorate the area, promising a slower paced and more relaxing walk.
Horner Park is another North Center gem where citizens of all ages can enjoy unique, fun classes such as woodworking, American Sign Language, and glow-in-the-dark sports! This volunteer-powered, city-financed park is a jewel to Chicago urbanites looking to stay active during the hot summers and the chilling winters. This multi-acre park has plenty for humans to enjoy, but attractions for canines, too, including the Horner Dog Park.
Just northeast of Horner Park is Welles Park. Welles is still extremely popular with locals due to its sports fields, playgrounds, and large, paved sidewalks. Your dog is likely to enjoy a simple stroll through the area as much as you are.