The Lady I rescued and I, along with Taffy, finally got back to our walks to discover our northwest side of Chicago neighborhood, Portage Park. We had a week of very hot and humid weather followed by cooler and drier air. Life got in the way making it difficult to find a time slot, but luckily we got out just in time to catch the last of the fair weather.
We set out west to cover the area just north of Addison Street since we finished up south of it on the last walk. The Lady optimistically expected to find this area just as charming and tidy, but sadly, we found a much more modest and eclectic area. The first disappointment, a row of nearly identical Dutch Colonials ruined by a modern rehab. Why a homeowner doesn’t consider how their remodel affects the rest of the street is beyond the Lady.
Finding this charming Free Library a few houses down cheered the Lady up. We have a free library in our area too, but don’t know if other parts of the country have them or not. Using it is simple, take a book, leave a book. We saw mostly children’s books in this one which is a great way to recycle your children’s favorite reads.
More disappointment as we continued west on Patterson when we spotted a pop-up. We do not like pop-ups. If you want to live in a vintage brick bungalow, then leave it alone. You can easily see how it ruins the look of the neighborhood sitting next to an untouched house. But flippers buy cheap, double the square footage, and their profit.
We also saw a for sale sign on nearly every block, which is not a good sign, meaning the neighborhood is changing, but you’re not sure if it’s for the good or bad. Seeing the numerous rehabs in the area means that property values are rising, along with property taxes. You can always spot a flipper rehab by the building permit in the window. Or, you see a huge orange Work Stopped notice on the door, which means someone got caught without a permit, like the one we saw on a house with no roof.
On nearly every walk the Lady finds a surprise, like this charming back yard with a windmill. Located on the busy corner of Patterson and Austin, it’s easily seen for passers-by to enjoy. Unfortunately for me, the Lady is learning that Taffy poses better than me!
Even lots of treats can’t coax a cooperative pose out of me!
A better view of the back yard with lawn decorations, a wooden arch and windmill. A Polish flag hangs over it all.
The Lady headed us up Austin, then we turned east on Warwick Avenue. It’s tricky to cover all the streets, you can’t just walk on the east-west or north-south streets, so we take lots of turns and hope to fit it in on the next walk! By now the Lady accepted the fact that it would be okay to do one post without a House of the Day, but it took only a block on Warwick to find one.
We know that this isn’t the first Queen Anne House of the Day, but the Lady can’t resist one if they have a curved stone wall. The rest of the walk was unremarkable after the House of the Day. We turned south on Marmora for a block, then west on Waveland. At the alley just before the heavily trafficked Central Avenue, we headed south to Patterson, then a block west to the car.
I admit that I was not very cooperative, again, on the walk. I plopped down on the grass more than once, shade or not, and it took a lot of coaxing by the Lady to get me going again. Almost to the car, but unable to convince me, she dropped the leash and left me! Of course I get up and follow, I hate it when she does that, it works every time.
I hope you enjoyed our walk through the west edge of Portage Park. Our statistics for this walk are 1 hour and 1 mile, which the Lady admits is probably the best we’ll do. Check out our other #DiscoverPortagePark walks by locating the Categories list on the lower right corner of our Home Page.