This Midwestern city is located along the Illinois/Missouri state line, which is just a short 4.5 miles across the Mississippi River from Lovejoy. Lucas Park Dog Park is an off-leash, fenced dog park that requires an annual membership to use. This helps to ensure that all pups in the park are up to date on their vaccinations and insured. The park also includes fun doggie toys, water, a kiddie pool, and a waste station! City Garden is a very special feature in the area; it is a beautiful community garden that has interactive water structures and sculptures. Dogs are allowed to explore the gardens; however, they are not allowed in the pools.
This neighborhood is located in Illinois where it overlooks the Mississippi River and the Illinois/Missouri border and provides plenty of residential housing communities. Wilson Park is a well-kept park that has great landscaping, swimming pool, ice rink, baseball fields and walkways; dogs that are kept on leash are allowed on the premises, just make sure to clean up after them to keep this park looking gorgeous! Don Chencho Restaurant caters to canines, and Madison Airbnb rentals have dog-friendly listings so you and your pooch won’t be left out in the cold.
This community rests 20 minutes away from Lovejoy, and it sounds like it could have been named after a fictional chemist. However, in all seriousness, this locale is extremely accessible, dog-friendly and intimate! The Madison County Transit Nickel Plate Trail and the Glen Carbon Heritage Bike Trail are great spaces for you and your pup to get some cardio and vitamin D; both trails are part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy project that turns old, decrepit railroad tracks and transforms them into useable recreational paths! Citizen Park, Miner Park, Greenspace North Park, and Greenspace East Park allow leashed dogs to stroll their sidewalks and open spaces.