The village of Carol Stream may not be a bustling place with tourist attractions and thriving nightlife, but you and your pooch are always welcome to roam the streets and explore the public parks in this quiet little town. Located about 35 miles west of the Windy City, the village features a dog park, plenty of hiking and biking trails in the surrounding areas, and 3 veterinary hospitals.
Nestled in the very heart of the village, Carol Stream Bark Park is a simple but pawesome place to have fun with a pooch, exercising, socializing or just hanging out and watching others. The fully fenced area of the park has plenty of room to run, soft grass to wallow in, and even a cool obstacle course where Fido can show off his speed and agility! The dog park is adjacent to Barbara O’Rahilly Volunteer Park, which is a nice place to have an on-leash walk along Klein Creek.
One of the longest -- and the nation’s first -- rail-trail conversions is Illinois Prairie Path, winding south of Carol Stream and offering you more than 58 miles of walking fun. This long trail meanders throughout Cook, DuPage, and Kane counties, and is considered one of the best in the state. Dogs must be on-leash on this trail.
Although Carol Stream has a few things to do with your best fur-iend, you'll find more activities just a short drive out of town.
You will find the tremendous green recreation area of East Branch Forest Preserve centered on the lakes and East Branch Du Page River. It's located just a short drive east of Carol Stream, off Glendale Heights. This open space is also home to to East Branch Off-leash Dog Park, with walking paths around the pond, natural paths to the water, and high grass to hide in and chew on! The area is not fenced, but your buddy is welcome to stay off-leash as long as he's under your voice control. The preserve has also a second area for pups: DuPage County Off-Leash Dog Park, with no fence and plenty of room to roam and explore. Your pup will love strolling near the shoreline and rescuing a stick from the water!
Get ready for some off-leash fun in Klepper Dog Park, which is part of the bigger area of Reed-Klepper Park. The dog park is a 2-acre off-leash spot for mutts to run, play, and socialize with each other until they're all tuckered out. If all that off-leash playtime didn't satisfy Fido's itch for activity, feel free to explore the main area of the public park, which is home to a playground, fields to explore, and even a nature sanctuary with diverse wildlife. Just be sure to keep your pup on their leash so they can enjoy the wildlife from afar!
Conveniently located on the way to Chicago between Wheaton and Lombard, the village of Glen Ellyn has several recreation areas in the southern part of town, not far from West Roosevelt Road, one of the busiest arterial streets in the area. For a mutts-needed outdoor adventure, make your way to Spring Avenue Park, located in Glen Oak County Forest Preserve. This park is fully fenced and kept clean for visitors. Because this park is immensely pawpular with dog owners, it's packed on the weekends! You'll need to obtain a permit before your pup is allowed to play with all the dogs who call Glen Ellyn home.
The southern part of West Chicago is separated from the city center by Roosevelt Road, featuring quiet surroundings, a few convenience stores, and a handful of eateries. The real gem here, though, is the fenced dog park owned and maintained by Our Family Pet Sitting. This boarding facility welcomes dog owners and their mischievous mutts to play off-leash, relax, and stretch their legs after a long day on the road. A juicy, flavorful burger would be an amazing addition to your outdoor activities in this part of the city, so head on over to Patelli’s Gyros & Beef, a perfect place to grab a bite with your pup. Leashed dogs are welcome at the outdoor tables here.
If you and Fido are after an outdoor adventure that's a little closer to home, head north of Carol Stream to the western part of Bloomingdale, IL. Here, you'll find the beautiful area of Springfield Park, which is a cool place to hang out with local fishermen and have a nice walk with your leashed pooch! Offering more than 44 acres of fun, this public park is pawfect for meeting new friends and other dog walkers. Your new friends may even accompany you to Rooster’s Bar & Grill, which has plenty of pet-friendly tables to share a late lunch or an early dinner in a homey atmosphere and the company of like-minded people!