Edgebrook is one of the most suburban-feeling neighborhoods in Chicago. Located in the furthest northwest corner of the city, it is home to a massive golf course as well as a public school, Lutheran Church, and a branch of the Chicago Public Library. Most of the streets are lined with trees, and there are also two parks within the neighborhood limits, so you have plenty of amenities to choose from on a daily walk.
The North Branch Bike Trail begins in Edgebrook and it goes all the way to the Chicago Botanical Garden. The plentiful green space and wealth in the neighborhood make it a sought-after community for young parents looking for a safe area to raise their children. Because of the high volume of families in the area, there is also a high volume of pets. There are plenty of dog walking options in the neighborhood and it is full of well-maintained facilities and greenways.
The terrain in Edgebrook is similar to that of most of the Chicago area: flat and mild. Don’t expect to see too many shifts in elevation or drastic changes in the landscape, as it is all in the same flat plain as the rest of Chicago. Chicago is known for its biting wind and harsh winters, so that is the only natural adversary you and your dog may have to combat. However, in the summers, especially in a beautiful area like Edgebrook, it is a lovely place for a walk.
Chicago has many sections with trees and shrubbery, but Edgebrook is in one of the greenest areas in the city, making its terrain some of the best for dog walking. Since so much of the neighborhood is made up of single-family houses, foot traffic is minimal, and street traffic never gets nearly as intense as it can be closer to the city.
Within the neighborhood itself, there are two main parks: Green Park and Edgebrook Park. Green Park is the smaller of the two and it has a playground and a little bit of green space for a dog walk. Edgebrook Park is a 5-acre lot with baseball fields and open green space located behind Edgebrook Public School near the center of the neighborhood. Both of these places provide good in-neighborhood green areas for dog walking.
Directly adjacent to Edgebrook to the south and east is a massive expanse of a combination of greenways, forests, and a major golf course. Forest Glen Woods, Edgebrook Woods, Lechowicz Woods, Caldwell Woods, and Bunker Hill are all different forests behind the neighborhood that have a wealth of natural sights and experiences to explore with your dog. The north branch of the Chicago River runs through the middle of all the forests with some swim-friendly spots for dogs.