Visitors will find affluent and pet-friendly neighborhoods in Vernon Hills, Illinois. A little over an hour's drive down 1-94 from Chicago, Vernon Hills is considered a suburb of The Windy City. As a suburb, you get the best of both tail-waggin' worlds, with plenty of great dog-friendly places to eat on top of gorgeous parks where you can walk with your dog. Vernon Hills has a robust population that just keeps growing. There were only around 200 citizens in the 1950s when the suburb was first incorporated, and it's grown immensely since then.
Pet owners love living in Vernon Hills because there are so many options when it comes to taking care of your pup. There are 4 veterinarians, 6 dog groomers, and 20 parks where you can take a stroll with Fido! There are also 10 trails, with trailheads within a 20-minute drive from Vernon Hills, where you can explore the wilderness. If you like to bring your dog with you while you eat out, there are also 16 dog-friendly restaurants that open their doors to the doggos!
It's a good place to be a dog here in Vernon Hills! And, if you can't find what you want or need right in town, you'll find plenty of dog-friendly fun in Vernon Hills' surrounding communities!
Does your dog think that proper Italian marinara should be cooked all day long? If your pup is a gourmand when it comes to authentic Italian food, then the South Mundelein neighborhood in Mundelein, IL has your pup's name on it! Here, you can visit Lauretta’s Italian Bake Shop & Cafe for a plate of Meat Ravioli Bolognese or Chicken Parmigiana. If you're looking for something a little less upscale, you can head to Bill's Pizza & Pub. Bill's has been selling slices since 1957. Grab a slice of your favorite topping with your own "pupperoni'" at Bill's. After eating, you can always walk around Diamond Lake for some relaxing views with your dog!
Does your dog like hanging out with you at the local drinking hole because he knows he'll get some belly scratches? Take a short 9-minute trip to Central Mundelein, which is home to the Tighthead Brewing Company. The brewery is totally dog-friendly and has some great year-round beers you can enjoy with your dog by your side. Try the Irie IPA, Chilly Water APA, or the Boxcar Porter. Usually, on the weekends, local food trucks like Pirogi Jo's and Food For Your Soul will park at Tighthead to serve food. It's always a tail-waggin' party at Tighthead Brewing Company!
Does your dog like to live right in the middle of town so he doesn't miss any of the action? Hugged against Big Bear Lake, you'll find the New Century Town neighborhood. You can walk along the lake or visit Century Park, which is also nestled against Big Bear Lake. The park is an arboretum and hosts beautiful trees that tower around the Century Park. After a day playing outside, you can head to Bo Bo Gyros for burgers, wings, and "The World's Best Shakes & Malts." Of course, you can also find gyros at this pet-friendly establishment, with an outside seating area that Fido can call his own!
Does your dog need a big, open space to run around in? If you live in the Saddlebrook neighborhood, you can visit Deerpath Park, where Fido can get his fix for fetching! The 68-acre park has tons of sports fields, 3 ponds and lakes where fishing is allowed, and a playfield where you can throw a frisbee around. Deerpath is also a great place for a picnic underneath the picnic shelter, which has 4 "bark-b-q" pits. If you would rather eat out, you can head down the street to the Corner Bakery for a pet-friendly meal. The Corner Bakery serves delicious salads, signature sandwiches, and handcrafted pasta like the Bacon Tomato Mac & Three Cheese. If your dog is on his best behavior, maybe you'll feed him some table scraps!
Does your dog consider himself an expert food critic with the palate of a five-star chef? Living in Hawthorn Club is living in the pet-friendly food mecca! There are 3 dog-friendly restaurants outside of the fast-food spectrum. You have the choice between Egg Harbor Cafe for breakfast, Halsted Street Deli for lunch, and Roti Modern Mediterranean for dinner. To wash it all down, you can head to the BeerHead Bar & Eatery for a glass of the Sheeps Baaad Boy on draft. If you're already full, you can also head over to Peterson Park for a relaxing walk through the trees with your favorite four-legged friend!