A nice day in Illinois is the perfect time to explore the Shawnee National Forest. Covering more than 270,000 acres in portions of ten Illinois counties, the forest provides an excellent playground for both you and your pal that includes glades, prairies, streams, lakes, ponds, waterfalls, woodlands and rocky outcroppings. While visiting the Shawnee National Forest you and your pup can camp, paddle, hike, run and swim, and then relax with a picnic lunch afterward. No matter that interests and activity level of the both of you, you will have no problem taking advantage of a nice day when at Shawnee National Forest.
When the weather is nice in Illinois, take your pup to the Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Rockford. This former nursery now features plants that are native to the midwest, as well as plants from all over the world. Your dog will enjoy the chance to spend time outdoors in the pleasant weather while having the opportunity to take in all sorts of new smells. Your pooch must be on-leash and be well-behaved in order to be on the grounds. Make sure to bring waste bags and clean up after your dog.
You and your pup can cruise the waterways of Chicago and listen to the narration of Chicago's history...with dog-friendly highlights of course! Your dog can be on your lap, in a seat or on the deck and must be on-leash. The boat for dog cruises provides a large amount of safe outdoor seating for canine customers, as well as water bowls and a newspaper-lined restroom. You and your pup can enjoy time together as well as the nice weather while on the canine cruise. Tickets can be received online or at the ticket office, which opens at 8:30 daily.