When it comes to communities within the Greater Chicago area, few are more an anomaly than Old Edgebrook. The best way to describe it is as a sleepy little community that has been hidden away in the northwest side. The town was established back in the 1890s as a planned community for Milwaukee Road Railway Co. executives. Today, it is home to numerous large and often unusual dwellings, as there are only forty-eight in the community as a whole. The neighborhood is buried so deeply in dense forests that you can feed the deer as they pass through your backyard. Walking here is a lot like taking a walk down a country lane. There aren't any curbs but there are plenty of sidewalks for you and your pup to use as you explore this very exclusive rural area sitting in the middle of the hustling, bustling city of Chicago.
Like just about anywhere you go in the Greater Chicago area, the ground in Old Edgebrook is as flat as can be. There isn't any other way to put it, but this community does have one significant thing that much of the city does not have. Dense forest covers almost every foot of the neighborhood that isn’t a road, a house, or someone's backyard. This makes the entire community one of the best places in Chicago to take your dog out for a walk. During the summer months, the trees provide so much shade that you would swear it is at least several degrees cooler here than in the rest of the city. The hardest part of all for those who don't live here seems to be finding it. There are only two ways in and out of the community and they don't explicitly say that you are entering Old Edgebrook.
When it comes to green space, there probably aren't very many other neighborhoods in the city that can boast the number of shady trees found in Old Edgebrook. Despite this, the community also sits tucked away in the Edgebrook Woods where you can take your pup for a nice long walk in the shade. Inside community limits, there is Quinn Park which, while only 2/3rds of an acre, is a nature park for you and your pup to enjoy. Please be respectful and keep your dog on a leash and remember you are sharing the park with a range of wildflowers and animals. Beyond this, once you leave the community, there are several dog-friendly parks within driving distance and the Sidney Yates Flatwoods are just to the northern edge of Edgebrook Woods. The entire area offers an excellent selection of green spaces for you and your pup to explore and have fun visiting.