Andersonville is in Western Edgewater. It was originally made up primarily of Swedish immigrants and this community still has a strong Swedish cultural presence, represented in Swedish bakeries, taverns, and other businesses. This is, however, a very diverse neighborhood that encompasses many cultures including an influx of Middle-Eastern business and families. The commercial district is largely made up of quaint specialty shops that are individually owned.
Andersonville is not far from the coast and some charming park areas as well as beaches. Dog Scene Master Grooming is nearby to get your dog looking her best. The Urban Pooch Training and Fitness Center is not far either and provides not only a trainer but also a gym for your dog. The Pensacola Dog Run has a great fenced-in area for your dog to play with her friends.
Foster Beach is very near to Andersonville as well so you and your dog can have a lovely stroll along the shoreline.
Andersonville is a flat residential neighborhood. North Clark Street and Ashland Avenue cut through near the center and have most of the businesses and restaurants clustered around them. Several restaurants in this area have outdoor seating where you can relax and have a bite to eat with your dog in the midst of your walk.
This neighborhood is a mix of attractive single-family homes and apartment buildings. Regardless of what type of housing there is, a good divider is usually between the sidewalk and the street. Traffic is not terribly heavy, so you will feel comfortable bicycling with your dog or walking on a loose leash throughout most of this neighborhood.
For a more varied walking experience, you can travel a couple of blocks by bike or on foot to Foster Beach and the lovely park around it. While much of this area is a golf course, there is a gorgeous lakefront trail that follows the coast.
Whether you want to run or bike with your dog or just walk with her on a loose leash, this is a great place for you to relax. The open grassy places are also wonderful for playing fetch or frisbee, but you will need to keep your dog on a leash as there are no fences in most places.
To let your dog romp off-leash with her friends, the Montrose Dog Beach offers a safe gated area while you relax and enjoy the beach. The park continues all the way down the coast so there is an almost unlimited area for you and your dog to explore.
If you would rather head for the river instead, there is a great natural area, path, and dog-friendly space on the other side of Andersonville by the river's edge. This area is better for cold and windy Chicago days when the cover of the trees is appreciated.