Schorsch Village is a relatively quiet community located just east of O'Hare International Airport in the Dunning neighborhood in the northwestern side of Chicago. Most of the homes here were built back in the 50s and 60s, ensuring large yards and lots of trees. As you walk through the neighborhood, you will find well-kept homes, several places to eat, a large park in the middle of the community, and a range of shopping opportunities.
The weather here is much the same as the rest of Chicago with long, hot summer days and often brutal winters accompanied by winds and snow. While walking in spring, summer, and fall can be nice, you may find it to be a bit cold during the winter months. Summers here can be very hot and humid, so you may need to plan for early morning and late evening walks to keep you and your four-legged friend from overheating.
Most of Schorsch Village is flat and the few slight slopes you come across are hardly noticeable, which might be great for your feet and legs, but doesn't offer much in the way of a challenge. Of course, if you and your pooch are just starting your exercise routine, this can be a good thing. But as the two of you become fitter and healthier, you may want to plan a few trips out of the city to find more challenging trails.
The streets are lined with sidewalks and most have a small strip of grass and trees to give Ralph somewhere to pee and both of you plenty of shade. Traffic can be a bit of a challenge as the streets tend to be busy, but the nearest dog park is only a short drive away on N. Central Ave. in nearby Portage Park. The big park in the middle of Schorsch Village has plenty of room as well.
Like most of the older neighborhoods in Chicago, Schorsch Village seems to have lots of strips of grass and trees lining the streets, giving your pooch plenty of soft spots to walk on and places to go potty. But when your pup really needs to get out and stretch his legs, there are a couple of parks to choose from. Shabbona Park right in the middle of the neighborhood is dog-friendly, but doesn't have a fenced in area where dogs can play. On the other hand, Portage Park at 4100 Long Lake Ave has a nice place to let your dog make some new friends. There are wading pools, water bowls, and plenty of toys for dogs of all sizes. It might be a bit further than you want to walk, but the park is only a few minutes away in your car and is the closest dog park around.