Bridgeview has branded itself The Balanced Community, and that’s true in the ways it has created a balance between providing its citizens with access to natural resources while meeting the needs of its commercial, industrial and residential sectors. Happily, it’s pet-friendly too, allowing dogs in all city parks provided they are leashed and controlled. And in Bridgeview, there are enough parks to make any dog-lover and his pup pawsitively happy.
Several city parks lie within the limits of Bridgeview and all offer features that would interest any woofer. The Commissioners Park is in the village center, and is a peaceful oasis of green lawn and surrounding trees. It features a walking path around the perimeter for exercise, plus several shaded benches for hanging out. It is adjacent to a large pond, and Canada geese are frequent visitors during their migratory season. Perfect for barking and chasing, on leash, of course. Woof-derful!
If all this walking and chasing are making you and Fido hungry, trot over to Culver’s, a dog-friendly restaurant serving burgers and fries, frozen custard and soups, salads as well as more hearty fare. Your fur-pup is welcome to join you at the outside tables. Bone appetit!
This neighborhood of Bridgeview is home to two city parks: Fedor Memorial and Founders Park. Although both are small parks, they boast plenty of grassy area for walking and playing, as well as playground equipment and seating areas. Founders Park is especially popular for pickup football and soccer games, and many joggers use it for their runs and in-place fitness workouts. Bring your fur-pup along for exercise – it will take only 3.5 laps of the park to jog or walk a mile. Fedor Memorial Park offers hiking paths, a picnic area for lunch with Fido, and a small playground for the kids. Lots of mature trees provide shady spots to rest or cool off. Pawsome!
The Village Center neighborhood of Bridgeview hosts Millette Memorial Park, a quiet and relaxed area perfect for a stroll with your pup. This is a large park, with vast expanses of green for walking, playing or just sitting under a tree with a good book and your furry bestie by your side. If you fancy some refreshment, bring your pooch to Andy’s Frozen Custard, a dog-friendly sweet treat eatery. Their custard is fabulous, their toppings fresh, and they provide outdoor benches for indulging alongside your favorite doggo. They serve endless creations from cones to sundaes, so be sure to get a little something for him, too. Pup-tastic!
Willow Springs is a village immediately west of Bridgeview, and home to the Central Bark Dog Park. For a small membership fee, you and your canine companion can use this off-leash park for socializing and exercise. The park is divided into large and small dog areas, with plenty of waste bags and receptacles available to help keep the doggos’ park clean! Connected to the dog park is Lions Park, which features a lovely walking path amid green lawn and mature shade trees. The park also offers picnic tables under a covered pavilion, grills and a playground, so bring Fido to the park with the rest of the family for an afternoon of fun and sun!
Palos Park is just southwest of Bridgeview, and the forested hills of the Cook County Forest Preserve surround it on 3 sides, making it a perfect destination for a dog lover and her pup. Dogs must be on leash throughout the Preserve, except in designated areas maintained for off-leash activity. There are miles of looping and intersecting trails here to wander with your furry friend. In winter, the trails are perfect for cross-country skiing. The neighborhood is also home to Tampier Slough Woods, which contains 2 hiking trails, a boating center, Tampier Lake and the Tampier Greenway Family Picnic Area. Bring your dog for a day of hiking and a picnic. Paws Applause!
This neighborhood of Downers Grove, just a few miles from Bridgeview, is home to the Happy Dog Barkery. This pet haven is where the baked goods are store-made from natural, healthy ingredients like sweet potatoes and peanut butter, the pretzels have liver in them, and you can celebrate with Fido for any occasion with toys, doggie hats, bow ties, jackets and cakes, cookies and savories. The 3 owners do the baking and decorating themselves, and they also offer packaged bones, chews and clothes for you! Your pup is always welcome in the store to sniff out her favorites or try something new. They even make stews for the pooches, kept cold and safe in their refrigerated case. With names like Cock-a-Doodle Moo, Moo-ton (lamb and lentil), and Turkey Delight, they are sure to please! Bone appetit!!