Located in the deep South Side of Chicago, West Morgan Park is in that part of the city where the city and suburbs tend to blend together. For those who want the relative safety of the suburbs and a slower pace, West Morgan Park is perfect. The community is a blend of single and multi-family homes, small businesses, and tasty places to eat. There are pet supply stores, groomers, and dog-friendly parks within driving distance. To the east of the community is a large cemetery with plenty of trees and footpaths for you and your dog to go walking on.
One good thing about living here in the winter is that you are slightly protected from lake-effect winds such as those seen on the coast and in downtown Chicago. Don't expect much of a difference though and you can certainly expect plenty of lake-effect snow all winter long.
What can be said of the terrain in West Morgan Park that you couldn't say about most of the entire Greater Chicago area? If Webster's needed a picture to go with the word 'flat,' then a picture of West Morgan Park would be a perfect fit. Of course, if you or your pup are elderly, then the wide flat sidewalks here might be just what you need. They do make it easy to take a nice gentle stroll with plenty of shady trees along the way. To the south in Kennedy Park is a park of the same name with acres of flat grass to play on. You can, of course, make the most of your walks on flat ground by varying the directions you go, the number of blocks you walk in each direction, and even the time of day to get the necessary amount of exercise to keep you and your pup happy and healthy.
Despite being called West Morgan Park, there are no parks within the boundaries of the community. If you feel comfortable with it, there are footpaths leading through Mt. Greenwood Cemetery. Beyond this, if you want to find room for the two of you to play and get in a little more rambunctious exercise, you'll need to jump in your car and go for a drive. The good news is that there are several large parks within a short driving distance of the community. Fortunately, most of the front yards have long lawns separated from the street by a sidewalk wide enough for you to walk with your pup in the 'heel' position. One of the beautiful things about going for a walk along the streets is that there are plenty of shady trees to help keep you and your dog cooled down if you go for walks during the heat of the day.