West Englewood was first settled in 1842 by German and Swedish farmers and has always been an area with a great influx of cultural diversity. Recent efforts to remove the run-down housing and clean up the neighborhood has seen the return of some thriving areas in the community, however, some of the areas in West Englewood are not the safest places to walk even with your dog.
The area is primarily residential, but you will find a few businesses along some of the major thoroughfares such as restaurants and grocery stores. Pet stores are hard to come by and if you find yourself in need of something you cannot get at the local grocery stores, it will be a bit of a drive to find one. Veterinarian services are a bit closer to the community. Weather is mild during spring and fall, hot and humid in the summer, and cold and snowy in the winter.
Terrain is flat like it is in all of Chicago, which is fine for beginners and pups with health problems. Should you want a bit more of a challenge since you won’t find any nearby elevation changes, your best bet is simply to extend your walk or increase the speed and intensity. Weights can also be added in the form of a dog backpack that will help get your pet's heart rate up and ensure they are getting a good exercise session.
You will be spending most of your time walking on sidewalks in West Englewood although there is some grass in a few areas here and there. Keep in mind that this is a rough neighborhood and has a fair number of abandoned properties, so watch what areas of the neighborhood you walk in and use caution about allowing your dog to wander around abandon run down housing.
You won’t find a lot of greenways in this neighborhood, but there is Ogden Park with walking paths, plenty of grass, and trees if you would like to get off the sidewalks and find something softer for your dog to walk on. There is lots of room to run and explore and plenty of shade to get you out of the hot summer sun.
Hermitage Park to the north is small, but still offers some green space for your four-footed buddy to enjoy. There are also a few much smaller parks scattered throughout the area, some of which have grass and trees, others of which are strictly playgrounds. Traveling outside of the area, you can find some larger green spaces close by. Marquette Park has paths to walk, lots of greenery, and a lagoon. A massive 300-acres, this park features a nature area, community gardens, and tons of things to do and see.