Calumet City is a suburban area that is 20 miles south of Chicago, and 7 miles from Lake Michigan. The central landmark of the town is The Smiley Towers, which portrays two massive water towers painted like the "Have a Nice Day" smiley faces. You and Fido will be having a nice day, once you discover the number of open forests, designated dog-friendly parks, and 2 animal hospitals located in this fun puptown!
The largest natural area in the city is the Sand Ridge Nature Preserve, which is part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The preserve has 235 acres of different habitats, including woodlands, dunes, prairies, and oak savannas. There are easy-to-use trails, ranging from 1/4-mile to 2 miles. The area is dog-friendly to leashed pups, and even offers a recreational area with open fields, a picnic area, water fountains, clean-up stations, and restrooms.
The Burnham Greenway is a pretty walking trail that starts in the city and is dog-friendly. The area is made from asphalt, with grassy areas along the route, benches, and trash bins. The trail extends over 5.3 miles north into Chicago and requires pups to be on a leash.
Calumet City has all the charms of a small town, and continues to expand on its parks and trails every day.