Crete is a pawsome village located in Will County. In fact, this place used to be called Wood’s Corner after the people that settled here in 1836, and it's one of the oldest spots near Chicago. For emergencies with your pup, there is one veterinary clinic in town, but you can find other animal hospitals in the surrounding areas, such as University Park and Chicago Heights.
For some fun in the sun with your furry friend, the Lincolnshire Park offers a pawsome walking path for a leisurely stroll. There is plenty of open grass here where you can play with your pooches favorite ball or Frisbee. For the kids, there is a playground, and there are benches where you can chill out and watch the world go by with your pup!
If you get hungry and fancy a bite to eat with your furry friend, you can stop at Culver’s. Here you can tuck into some good American Grub, such as burgers and steak. There are a few outdoor tables here where your pooch is welcome to join you. Just be sure someone can watch your dog while you order, as there isn’t table service available.
Every pup loves a trip to the park; so why not bring your pooch along to Crete Park in the Crete Village Center? This is the oldest park in town, with six acres of land to explore and great fun for all the family. There is a playground for the kids, tennis courts, and a walking path around the grass where your pup can wander with you on leash, as well as roaming on the grass and checking out the trees. In addition, the trees at Crete Park provide some shade for your panting pup when it is warm outside.
A puptastic place where you and your pup can reconnect with nature has got to be the Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve. There are over 898 acres you can explore here, with four miles of sniff-tastic trails you can walk with your pooch. This is mainly through forested areas, as well as prairies along the way; what a great place for pooches to use their senses! In addition, there is plenty of oppawtunity for bird spotting at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve! Remember to bring water and treats for you and your furry friend, as there aren't any nearby.
For an adventure with your furry friend, drive eight miles north west to Matteson. Here you can join the Old Plank Road Trail for a day of fun and exercise with your pooch! There are over 22 miles of sniff-tastic trail to follow, connecting several towns in Illinois. You can pass through green areas with prairies and nature preserves, which your pup is sure to love investigating. The route follows an American Indian track and the Michigan Central Railroad, so you can enjoy some history on your journey! Since bikes can use this trail, it is best to keep your pooch on leash.
Only eight miles northwest from Crete is the Brookmere neighborhood in Matteson. You can bring your pup with you when you are wanting to enjoy lunch or dinner. For some delicious Mexican food, you can head to Chipotle Mexican Grill. There are four outdoor tables where you can grab a seat with your furry friend. If you prefer sandwiches and paninis, check out Panera Bread. You can enjoy puptastic food and enjoy the fresh air with your pooch by your side at one of the five outdoor tables – bone-a-petit!
Just a short nine mile ride northwest of Crete, you will find the town of Flossmoor. This is the perfect puptown for a day out with your pooch, as it is home to Rover’s Run Dog Park. This pawsome place offers lots of room and grass for off-leash exercise, and is all fenced in so you don’t have to worry about safety. Be sure to bring your pup’s favorite toy so he can have a ball here! There is water available here for when your pu pgets thirsty. Rover’s Run Dog Park does require you to be a member to use the facilities here, so make sure you sign up beforehand.