Westchester, Illinois might be a bit more cat-friendly than dog-friendly, since its only vet clinic in town caters toward felines. But, that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck if you own a dog, because there are plenty of places near Westchester that are just a short drive away.
For starters, Chicago is just about 13 miles from Westchester, and the city is chock full of pawtastic things for your pooch! Montrose Dog Beach is one of them, providing you and your pup with a spacious area of sand and water, all for no admission! You can also hop on a Seadog cruise with Fido, which offers several types of cruises around Chicago, most of which are dog-friendly. You can even take an evening cruise for the best views of the Chicago skyline.
If you’re looking for places away from the city to enjoy with your dog, you can find plenty of them, too. Oak Park is a great place to stop. Here, you can tour the Ernest Hemingway Museum, play at the Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex Dog Park, or visit the Oak Park Conservatory to stop and smell the flowers. These attractions are just a hop, skip, and a bark away from Westchester!
The Park District of Forest Park, IL, is just over five miles from Westchester and offers plenty of outdoor adventures for you and your dog to go mutts for! Here, you can choose from one of two dog parks, both of which are super pupular in the area! Forest Park Dog Park is fully fenced and has cushy mulch for your dog to play in. But, you’ll likely love the new Miller Meadow Off-Leash Dog Area, located within the Miller Meadow Forest Preserve. This park has luscious grass, fencing to let your pup run unleashed, and plenty of space for him to socialize, play, and let out some energy.
Chicago is more than just a city – it’s quite an adventure for four-legged friends and their owners. The Wicker Park neighborhood is 14.7 miles from Westchester and features its own dog park named after the neighborhood and its beloved park. This designated area of Wicker Park is fully fenced for dogs to enjoy without their leashes, and leashed pooches are welcome to explore the other areas of the gorgeous park with their owners if they’re cleaned up after. You can also head to PUPtection Health & Nutrition Center for holistic treatments, foods, and supplements for all your furry friend’s health needs.
About 13.3 miles from Westchester is the Near West Side neighborhood of Chicago, which is THE place to be if you want to try some paw-friendly restaurants with just about any type of cuisine you can imagine! Viaggio’s features authentic Italian meals, from salads to pasta, and has outdoor seating that welcomes dogs and their owners to dine together. Kaiser Tiger is another pupular spot that has a fun outdoor patio with dining tables and games, and provides you with a broad range of foods you’ll love. Or, if you’re in the mood for some Japanese-style dining, head to Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ’s outdoor patio for a meal with your pup.
Around six miles from Westchester is Southtown Oak Park in Oak Park, IL. This neighborhood is only minutes away from downtown Chicago but offers some suburban charm. Maple Park Dog Park is one of the spots your pup will go mutts for, featuring over 12,000 square feet of space with a good balance of sun and shade to keep your dog (and yourself!) comfortable. And, there’s even an electronic entry system designed to keep your pooch safe. Hungry? Head to Taste of Brasil to try out some authentic Brazilian dishes, from soups to sandwiches. You and your dog can eat a meal together at the outdoor tables.
Downtown Oak Park in Oak Park, IL, is about 6.9 miles from Westchester and just a short drive from Southtown Oak Park. This is a happening spot for a wide range of restaurants, all clustered closely together so you’ll have plenty to choose from! Not only will you have a selection of big-chain favorites, like Starbucks and Five Guys, but the neighborhood also features pupular local spots that welcome dogs, like Potbelly Sandwich Shop. Or, try Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria if you’re in the mood for some famous Chicago-style deep-dish pizza. And Bruegger’s Bagels is the pawfect spot to pick up some bagels, muffins, sandwiches, and more with your pooch.
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