Like many other outlying neighborhoods of Chicago, Buena Park's early history was defined by the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. It was around this year that many new structures and homes were built to accommodate the influx of visitors, but it was also a time of commerce and industry when successful businessmen began to lay the groundwork for what we would, in time, refer to as 'real estate moguls.' For Buena Park, this man's name was John Cochran, and by the 1930s, Buena Park went from the countryside to the cityside, effectively inducted as part of the Uptown region.Today, Buena Park is the product of progress: a tight-knit community of families and successful singles and young couples. Revered public and private schools make young families flock to this area, lured also by Buena Park's beautiful, historical homes, easy proximity to neighborhood parks and downtown Chicago, as well as its walkability to grocery stores, coffee shops, and restaurants.
Antiquated churches complete with steeples, tolling bells, and cupolas showcase themselves intermittently throughout the neighborhood while public and private schools tend to reside closer to Buena Park's outer borders. These include Challenger Park, Lake Shore Drive, Irving Park, and Montrose Avenue. Several bus lines, as well as the CTA Red Line, stop in and around Buena Park which can give the area an influx of pedestrians, especially during peak hours when commuters are traveling to or from a typical 9 to 5 job.
Wide sidewalks, protected crosswalks, and bike lanes have no shortage in the Windy City's center and, luckily for dog-owners, its outlying neighborhoods follow suit. This makes Buena Park not only easy to navigate, but also safe.
Quaint in both size and atmosphere, Buena Circle Park is the location for community outdoor concerts, but also a wonderful spot for families as it has a well-equipped playground. Just under an elevated railway, there's Challenger Dog-Friendly Area which acts as another fenced-in space for dogs to roam and run while unrestrained.
Located right off of the Lakefront Trail, Peace Garden is full of mosaics, public murals, statues, and beautiful blooms in the spring and summer. This picturesque public space is on Buena Park's eastern border, hugging the Lake Michigan coast. It's a great spot for a training session! Bring a bag of treats and treat your pet for good behavior while they encounter passing joggers and bike riders.