Jeffery Manor is not quite your typical Chicago suburb in that parts of it are not in a standard grid layout. Instead, the community defies the ordinary with long sweeping roads and loops. Building the community in this manner left plenty of room for green spaces with plenty of trees, and yes, decent sized suburban yards. Living here offers access to a fair number of shopping opportunities, excellent restaurants to sample, and access to the Van Vlissingen Prairie. Beyond buying dog food at your local grocery store, you will have to drive a fair distance to the nearest pet supply store.
Sitting right on the edge of the lake means that you can expect winters to be cold and full of snow. Lake effect winds can be brutal and last for days at a time. Summers tend to be mild with plenty of sunny days for you to play in the parks and get plenty of exercise.
The Jeffery Manor community was constructed on the site of what used to be a waste slag dump site, along with many other forms of industrial waste. Because of this, or perhaps in spite of this, the majority of the roads here feature long sweeping curves and there are a few loops. This is a nice break from the norm here in Chicago. It also makes for walks that are a little less boring at first. But, if you want to keep them from becoming boring, you will need to vary your walks by checking out different blocks to walk around and checking out the trails in the Van Vlissingen Prairie, Railroad Marsh, and Big Marsh Park.
Keep in mind that concrete sidewalks can get too hot in the summer. When the outside temperature is 80°F, you can count on the cement being around 135°F under the full sunlight. Cement this hot can easily cause burns or injuries.
Jeffery Manor is another one of the lucky communities in Greater Chicago, providing residents with access to plenty of green space starting with the broad area between Hwy 20 and the railroad tracks. This is not officially a park, but there is room for you to walk and give your pup time to take care of their business.
All along the western side of the community is the Van Vlissingen Prairie. While the name says prairie, much of the land here is wetlands that are home to a wide range of protected and endangered species for you to enjoy seeing as you hike along the trails running through the area. If you follow the paths far enough, you will end up down by Big Marsh Park with its own share of trails to explore. What a great way to get your exercise in at least once or twice a week, if not every day!