Located just thirty minutes southwest of Chicago, Darien is a pup-friendly town with several parks, hiking trails, and pooch-friendly restaurants. There are also four veterinarian clinics in Darien offering routine and emergency services, meaning your adventures are less stressful in this puptown!
Fido will love spending time at Hinsbrook Park where he can run and chase a ball in the open field. Puppy parents will enjoy walking along the paths appreciating the beautiful weather and fresh air. If you are out with the kids, the playground is a great place for them to run around and get some exercise. Another neighborhood park frequented by pups and their parents is Ridgewood Park which covers 7-acres and features a nice playground and walking paths where you and your pooch can stretch your legs.
Spending the day at the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve is perfect when the weather is nice. You can hike the trails and admire nature and the magnificent waterfall.
Pup-friendly restaurants are also fun destinations when looking for a place to meet up with friends and their furry companions. Jam and Jelly is a family run restaurant that offers breakfast and lunch, and offer dog friendly outdoor tables. Another popular destination is The Crazy Burrito where you can enjoy authentic Mexican food. Take Fido and your family and sit on the outdoor patio enjoying nachos, tacos and more. If you are looking for a quick meal, Buona Beef is a great place for Italian Beef dishes. You can sit at the outdoor tables with your pup or head to the picnic table at the park.
No matter what you have planned with friends and family, Darien provides many dog-friendly locations to have a good time your favorite furry companion.
A great place to spend time with Fido is the Darien Community Park with almost 20-acres of space. The park features walking paths in addition to tennis courts, basketball courts, and sand volleyball courts. You can stroll through the park and admire the plants and flowers, or relax on a shaded bench while your pup enjoys a drink of water. There are restroom facilities available, but you will need to provide your own clean up bags. After spending time at the park, you might want to stop by Portillo’s restaurant where you can order hot dogs, burgers, and shakes. Make your order and then sit at one of the pup-friendly outdoor tables.
The serene location of Meyer Woods Park is a great destination to spend some quality time with your pup and family. Located on Oldfield Road, it is surrounded by an oak grove offering plenty of shade while walking along the paths. The park covers 10-acres, and Fido can romp and roll in the grassy areas. After walking, relax on one of the shaded benches and enjoy a snack. If you need more than a snack after exercising with your pooch, check out the Carriage Greens Country Club where you can dine at the Sandtrap Grill and your pup is welcome to join you at the outdoor tables.
South Grove Park located off Drover Lane is perfect when Fido needs a walk or time to run through the open fields. The park covers almost 30-acres and is mainly used for water retention. You can spend time with your pup playing frisbee or just enjoying the fresh air. Spread a blanket under the trees and relax with your pooch and enjoy a snack. Just a couple minutes up the road, you will find the Cozzi Corner restaurant where you can order Chicago style hot dogs. Sit at the outdoor picnic tables and the staff will give your pup a bowl of cool water.
If you travel just 4 miles northeast from Darien to Hinsdale, you will find the Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge Dog Park located inside the Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge Park. Fido will love running around off-leash in the grassy area, and there is even a small stream running through the park. Your pooch can socialize with other pups in the park while chasing balls and toys. Doggie waste bags are provided, and the park is clean and well-maintained. If you or family members are staying at the pooch-friendly Extended Stay America Burr Ridge hotel, you are close to the dog park where you can give him plenty of exercise.
Just twelve minutes north of Darien in the nearby town of Oakbrook, Fido can run off-leash at the Mayslake Forest Preserve Dog Park. Puppy parents can relax at the covered picnic tables and chat while the pups are having a pawtastic time. There are water and doggie bags available, so clean up and help keep the park looking great. In the forest preserve, you can explore 90-acres of historical buildings and sites, just be sure to keep Fido on a leash. If you are searching for a great place to stay in the neighborhood, check out Hilton Chicago/ Oak Brook Hills Resort. They welcome up to two pups for an additional fee.