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Budlong Woods is a neighborhood in the northern section of Chicago. The district is a culturally diverse, mostly residential neighborhood, with a commercial area along either side of the main thoroughfare, Lincoln Avenue. There are many businesses including restaurants, shops, grocers, and a variety of services along Lincoln Avenue. However, because this street runs through the east side of the neighbourhood, it is a long walk for west side locals trying to access services on foot. Pet owners will need to access pet supply stores and veterinarians in adjacent neighborhoods by vehicle. Residents walking in the neighborhood can enjoy the change of colors on the nearby trees that line the streets. The trees also provide shade on hot, humid summer days, making the area cooler than many surrounding neighborhoods. Winter can be cold, however, and springtime in Chicago comes complete with lots of rain, so be prepared for some unfriendly walking weather during those seasons.
Terrain in Budlong Woods
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Budlong Woods is bordered by green space to the east and west. Rosehill cemetery on the east side is a very large green area and Legion Park on the west, along the river, provides trees and park area. The neighborhood itself features substantial trees and mature landscaping. Large trees shade residential roads providing cover in hot, humid Chicago summers and even some protection from rain and snow in the spring and winter. 

This established neighborhood is flat and streets follow a traditional urban grid pattern. Roads have sidewalks and most have grassy verges with more large trees, providing soft footing for puppy pedestrians in the area. Many apartment properties have courtyards, pedestrian pathways, green spaces, and more trees, providing a park-like setting for residents that is easy to navigate and enjoy. Lincoln Avenue runs through the east side and this major roadway is lined with commercial businesses, activity, and increased traffic flow.

Greenways in Budlong Woods
Neighborhoods in Chicago have an average of:
11 Greenways
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The oblong-shaped Legion Park lies on the west end of Budlong Woods and has a channel running through it. Legion Park is a 50-acre park with athletic fields, courts, four playgrounds, ornamental gardens, and a roller hockey area. This beautiful park has plenty of biking, walking, and jogging trails for area residents and their dogs to enjoy with open green areas. The north shore channel trail extends from Legion Park through this natural area and there are many more interwoven and winding trails in this park.

Most importantly for Budlong Woods' canine residents, there is a 10-acre dog-friendly area just southeast of the River Park fieldhouse. This area allows off-leash pets and provides a doggie drinking fountain. The refreshment is appreciated on hot, humid summer days. Dogs enjoying this area should have good off-leash recall and social skills if they are going to be playing off-leash as the area is not fenced.

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