With over 700 acres of community parks, Dekalb creates a perfect atmosphere for raising Fido in Illinois. Dog owners enjoy walking their pups along the sidewalks in residential neighborhoods, or hitting the Great Western Trail which follows the Great Western Railroad track for 3.5 miles in DeKalb and another 14 miles into Kane County.
Sometimes Fido needs to work off even more energy, and heading over to the Sycamore Forest Preserve is an excellent way to spend the day with your pup. This sixty-acres of land features prairie habitat and open-air shelters that are great for a picnic. The hard-surfaced biking and hiking trails make walking your pooch easy, so you can enjoy the natural surroundings. Exercising your pup is important, but so is excellent veterinarian care. Three clinics in the area provide both emergency and routine care for your canine companion with compassion and commitment.
Your pup may not like going to the Vet, but she will enjoy stopping by Paw Likin’ Good a family owned pet store providing high-quality treats and food for your furry friends. The in-store bakery features a “Meal of the Month” that changes so it is never boring. When you need a snack with the entire family, check out Potbelly Sandwich Shop with 11 pet-friendly outdoor tables where you can enjoy soup, salad, or a variety of sandwiches.
Dekalb is known for its dog-friendly apartments and hotel accommodations. The Baymont Inn & Suites welcomes pets of any size for a small additional fee, and Red Roof Inn near the college also allows pups to spend the night.
The quaint historic surroundings in the Ellwood neighborhood offer an enjoyable route to walk your pooch anytime of the day or night. Residents of the area are dog lovers, and are often found out in the yard or garden enjoying the fresh air. Annie’s Woods Park is a great space to spend time with your furtastic friend. The walking trail offers plenty of exercise, and the children will enjoy the playground. The park runs along the Kishwaukee River, giving you and your pup a beautiful view while you hike along the path admiring the wildlife. Be sure to bring doggie waste bags and some extra water on warm summer days.
The Knolls neighborhood features beautiful traditional homes with spacious backyards for your pup to play. When you and your pooch need a change of scenery, head over to Prairie Park. The park features paved walking trails that link to the DeKalb Nature Trail. There are also fishing access points along the Kishwaukee River. Fido will enjoy sniffing the grass and trees while the family plays a round of disc golf on the nine-hole course. Bring doggie waste bags to clean up after your pup and plenty of water. After an afternoon of exercise, check out Tom and Jerrys. This dog-friendly restaurant offers sandwiches, pizza puffs, or authentic Greek-style cuisine at their pooch-friendly outdoor tables.
Nice homes with fenced yards for your spoiled pup are just some of the advantages of living in the Maplewood neighborhood. Family and dog-friendly, the sidewalks are well maintained and perfect for strolling through the area and chatting with other doggie parents. Taking the family to Hallgren Park is another option when Fido needs some quality run time. The park features picnic tables, a gazebo and a playground. You and your pup will enjoy a stroll through the flower gardens. Water is available, but remember to bring some doggie waste bags and clean up before leaving the park.
Convenient to stores and parks, the South Side neighborhood is great for families and their canine companions. McCormack Park offers plenty of open grassy area where your pooch can run and chase a ball or a frisbee. Families are often hanging out at the softball fields, or walking their dogs and enjoying the fresh air. Picnic tables and BBQ grills are also available if you want to get together with other pup parents and cook burgers. If you are visiting the neighborhood, the Super 8 DeKalb is nearby and allows two pets of any size for a small fee.
Safe and friendly, the N 1st Street neighborhood is great for pups and their owners. When planning your next doggy playdate, consider going to the Katz Dog Park. The fenced, off-leash park has separate areas for small and large dogs. You will also have access to drinking fountains and several water bowls are located on both sides of the park. Owners can sit in the shade and chat with other pooch parents. Trash cans and doggie waste bags are also available. The park is a popular place for both large and small pups, and Fido is sure to go home tired out after playing with his friends.