West Beverly is known for its Irish American history and that fact is still celebrated every year with a St. Patrick's Day Parade. This southside neighborhood consists mainly of working-class families. Public schools in the area are well-rated and residential neighborhoods are safe, which is why many of West Beverly's residents decide to settle down here.
Excitement can be found by an evening out at the local movie theater or enjoying a drink or two at one of the bars that line Western Avenue. Some residents may want to catch a game at Wrigley Field, watch the waves of Lake Michigan, or see a blues band at any number of historical lounges in Central Chicago. A combination of buses and CTA lines will typically get you to downtown Chicago within an hour or two which is many of the locals biggest con against the West Beverly neighborhood. While driving downtown can take less time, traffic on the expressway can be stressful.
Walking around West Beverly, your pup and you will find humble family homes, quiet suburban streets, and quaint cul-de-sacs. If you're in the process of socialization and want to utilize walks as opportunities to expose your pet to the world, you can walk up and down Western Avenue. The busiest street in West Beverly has multiple bus stops along its promenade as well as restaurants, stores, and offices.
Crosswalks here are more sparse than you would find in a more metropolitan area of Chicago, so always exercise caution when crossing. Many neighborhoods have four-way stops with semi-outlined crossing sections for pedestrians to use. All subdivisions of West Beverly have sidewalks which keeps you and Fido from walking in the street.
The neighborhood is on a grid system which is easy to understand and follow. You will experience a few more hills here than Chicago is typically known for. However, the hills aren't too challenging and can typically be avoided by trying a different route.
In terms of amenities, Munroe Park is similar to Beverly Park, even though it's half its size. Munroe Park is good for a quick jaunt around the block but does not offer any official off-leash areas. Meanwhile, King Lockhart Park is a petite park along Western Ave. The park can feel like a kind of sanctuary once inside, as it features beautiful landscaping, sidewalks, a peaceful water feature, and bench seating.
A couple blocks south of King Lockhart Park is Crescent Park. Open and spacious, Crescent has both sprawling green lawns as well as clusters of mature, shady trees. Within a family-friendly neighborhood, its sports courts and playlot make this park a popular destination for children so it's best to keep your dog leashed.