According to historians, Lakewood-Balmoral was initially developed in the last part of the 19th and early part of the 20th century as an affordable alternative the Edgewater lakefront where most of the properties were mansions. Today, the community is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In a strange twist of fate, most of the mansions have been replaced by high-rise buildings and Lakewood-Balmoral is the trendy place to be. Many of the homes here are built in Flemish, Queen Anne, and Gothic styles, making the homes here as diverse as those who choose to call this area home. Most of the streets in the community tend to be pretty busy, but there are plenty of sidewalks for you and your pup to explore, a couple of small parks, and plenty of pet stores and groomers within driving distance, making Lakewood-Balmoral one of the more dog-friendly communities in the city.
If you thought the Greater Chicago area is flat, you haven't seen anything until you move into the Lakewood-Balmoral area. The terrain here couldn't be any flatter if you bulldozed it. But for those who are just getting started walking with their pup or have a dog that's more than a bit chunky, this type of terrain is ideal. The streets are lined with wide sidewalks, grassy strips, and plenty of shady trees to keep both of you cool on those hot summer strolls down the avenue. If you want terrain that is a little more challenging, you can always drive out to the lake and spend time in the park or running on the beach. The community has one park within its boundaries: Cochran. This park is a playlot for kids and covered in artificial turf but may not the best place to take your pup out for a walk.
Lakewood-Balmoral comes up a little short on green space within the community. Most of the green spaces are the grass strips running alongside the sidewalks. The best news is that the beach is only a short drive away. But once you reach the beach, you can take your pooch to the Montrose Dog Beach, the one beach you can get away letting your dog run free and get some much-needed exercise and maybe even a swim! The lakeside park runs for seven miles along the shore of Lake Michigan.
Of course, if you feel like going for a cruise, take North Lake Shore Drive along the shore of Lake Michigan and try out several of the different areas. The park along the shore is also filled with trails and walking paths, enabling you to literally hike from one end of the park to the other if you are feeling ambitious.