Although it's located within close proximity of Chicago, Berwyn isn't just one of the suburbs you'll pass by on your way to the Windy City. Even though the town has a well-developed transportation system, which makes it easy to travel into Chicago and the surrounding areas, you won't even have to leave town to find dog-friendly places and spaces! There are at least 8 veterinary services and clinics in Berwyn, including an animal hospital in case of emergency.
Berwyn has a couple of puptastic recreation areas for you and your dog to explore together. Maple Park, which is technically in Oak Park, Illinois, is just outside the northern border of Berwyn. Here, you'll find an off-leash area dedicated to canines. Of course, their two-legged friends are welcome as well. You'll need a permit to visit this park, which has an electronic entry system to keeps pups safe. There's plenty of room to run here, as well as benches, walking paths, shaded spots, and drinking water facilities.
Roosevelt Road is undoubtedly one of the best places in the area to visit with Fido, offering more than 10 Fido-friendly eateries. All the restaurants in this area have outdoor, dog-friendly seating. If you find yourself a little spoiled for choice, check out Buona Beef, a cool place with positive vibes and old-school Chicago classics. Or, pay a visit to Salerno’s Pizza, located right across the street from Maple Park!
Forest Park, IL, located north of Berwyn, is home to a huge recreation area: The Park District of Forest Park. Right across the highway, you'll find Forest Dog Park, which is a fully fenced, designated area for pups to ditch the leash and feel the wind in their fur. Because this is a pawpular park, your pup can expect to make a few new buddies here! The terrain is primarily mulch and wood chips. You'll notice that this dog park is somewhat lacking in shade, so you'll want to bring plenty of water for both yourself and your dog. Don't fur-get those waste bags!
Fulton River District is located on the western bank of North Branch Chicago River. You'll want to make a beeline for Fulton River Park, which has a designated dog park as well as a kid's playground and some grassy areas. This small park is located smack dab in the middle of the city, making it the pawfect place to stretch your legs. It can get really crowded on weekends and evenings, so if your pup is the timid type, you may want to avoid visiting during peak times. Feeling famished? Check out Jefferson Tap & Grille, a dog-friendly eatery located within walking distance of the park.
New East Side is a central Chicago neighborhood offering plenty of marina and outdoor activities, including public parks and tourist attractions. Start your adventure with some off-leash playtime at Lakeshore East Dog Park before wandering down to the Chicago Riverwalk. Looking for something a little different? Book a boat tour with Mercury Canine Cruise! Sit back, relax, and enjoy the view of the city from the water. Leashed pups are allowed on board. Good dining is just as essential as good entertainment, so once you're back on land, pop into Mariano’s, which is a market serving a variety of ready-to-eat food. Want a sit-down meal? Head to Brown Dog Seafood Co., which welcomes leashed pups at the outdoor tables.
The neighborhood of South Loop occupies a significant part of central and southern Chicago, and features an extensive area to explore with your pup. Apart from standard public parks, the area boasts two parks dedicated entirely to canines and located within walking distance of each other. Fred Anderson Dog Park and Coliseum Dog Park are both furrific parks, so explore both of them and pick your favorite! Water is provided at both parks during the summer, so if you're visiting during other seasons, make sure to bring your own. You'll also need to bring some waste bags along to help keep the parks clean for everyone.
Wicker Park is a densely populated neighborhood in Chicago complete with plenty of opportunities for shopping, eating, and, perhaps most importantly, playing! Head over to the neighborhood's namesake park, Wicker Park, to find a furrific dog park with lots of grass and shade to play in. You'll also find plenty of seating and drinking water, but you'll need to bring your own waste baggies. Just north of the park, you'll find some pawesome places to dine with your dog. Like Big Star, serving tacos at the walk-up window, or Nick’s Beer Garden, with a great atmosphere, outdoor tables, and live music.