With lots of determination and some quick planning, the Lady I rescued and I, also Taffy, returned to our plan to discover all of our Portage Park neighborhood. We never gave up the plan, life just kept getting in the way, like it does for most things.
The Lady chose this walk as it goes back to our first two walks on the southern and southwestern corner of the neighborhood. First, we have to mention our weather, which is absolutely beautiful and if only it could stay this way so that we could walk every day this summer.
West Cornelia Avenue looking west.
We parked our car at West Eddy and North Marmora, then headed south as the Lady wanted to start walking west to east, homes aren’t on the north-south streets in this area, When we reached Henderson Street we headed west. School Street, one block south, is the area around St. Patrick High School we covered in our first two walks last year.
When we reached North Major we turned north. Families were everywhere walking their children to school. This is the back of Reinberg Public School, which we visited from the other direction on a previous walk. There is still three more weeks of public school left here, after almost closing early due to lack of funds to keep the schools open through the end of the year.
Pretty bungalow window with flower box on West Roscoe Street.
At West Roscoe we headed back west. All the streets in this area have a mixture of Queen Anne bungalows or small brick bungalows. At first glance they all look identical, but on a closer look each one has different architectural details. All the homes and lawns are very tidy and well maintained. We only saw one or two homes for sale which is a good sign of a stable neighborhood.
Our House of the Day is the Queen Anne bungalow. The Lady couldn’t resist this bungalow, with its two peaked roofs, leaded glass windows and iron arch over the entrance. By the time we reached the end of Roscoe at Austin, we are pretty tired, and the Lady knew we would have to go straight north to Eddy, without covering Newport and Cornelia like originally planned.
On Austin, across from the Chicago Academy High School, the Lady wanted to take a picture of the beautiful brick building. As we walked the area we could see the huge school in the background towering over the bungalows. It was not an ideal location for a photo, I refused to sit in the grass far enough from the Lady, eliminating the shadow, and the traffic on the busy street kept getting in the shot.
Out again in our neighborhood felt great, especially after the story of the Lady and I in our neighborhood DNAinfo online and print publication. Unfortunately, no Taffy next time. Handling two dogs, a map, phone and taking pictures is just too much. With just me we will be able to cover a lot more area in less time.
Our statistics for this walk are one hour and 1.65 miles. It took at least 15 minutes to take one picture of me so you get the idea about our slow pace.
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