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Next to one of the largest airports in the country, Chicago o’Hare, lies the city of Des Plaines. This suburb is named after the Des Plaines River that flows through the center of the city. The river is, however, not the only remnant of mother nature that is left behind. The Cook County Council is dedicated to preserving the forests and woodlands of this area, and that is great news for local dog owners.

Even better news is the choice of incorporating dog parks in several of the regional parks in the country. These dog parks are part of larger parks and offer off-leash play possibilities. To maintain the quality of these off-leash dog parks entrance to the parks is members only. The three off-leash dog parks constructed and operated by Cook County are the Beck Lake Dog Park, Forest Park Dog Park, and Bremen Grove.

The Beck Lake Dog Park is the largest of these parks and located in Des Plaines, Illinois. This off-leash dog park offers a massive 44 acres of open fields and exciting trails through the forests. There is even a large pond for dogs to swim in. The area is completely fenced off and is the perfect opportunity for dogs to run around and enjoy themselves.

Des Plaines is a popular destination for travelers due to its close vicinity to the airport. There are a lot of hotels in and around the city, with several of them allowing dogs for an additional fee including the Extended Stay Deluxe and the Comfort Inn.

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    Population Density 5,751/sq mi

    #1 Beck Lake


    In the beautiful scenic city of Des Plaines, Beck Lake is set in a little hollow of clustered flower blossoms and other vegetation distinctly placed in nooks and crannies awaiting the gentle nuzzle of your dog’s nose. The vast open space of the local dog park consists of 44 acres, with spacious fields, hiking trails, drinking fountains for the thirsty hikers, training enclosures for agility and obedience, and a modest swimming pond.  Beck Lake offers everything your dog could even imagine wanting in a safe fenced in environment. So if this local park entices you and your dog’s senses, then consider becoming a member of this park.

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    Population Density 5,751/sq mi

    #2 Lee District


    Inside this one-of-a-kind community in Des Plaines, Illinois, a sincere and friendly Episcopal Church is open to your furry friends. If you are looking for a church to visit that is full of pet lovers, empty-nesters, happy four-legged faces, and the Holy Spirit, then St. Martins is the perfect sanctuary for you and your canine companion. With local fenced-in dog parks to walk your beloved after being such a good boy in church and annual pet blessings performed, this community is a pawesome place to make some new friends – human and dog – and start some new traditions. 

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    Population Density 5,615/sq mi

    #3 Chicago


    Chicago is a little farther away from Des Plaines, at an estimated 45-minute commute, but Chicago has an abundantly unique amount of dog friendly activities and accommodations – 36 to be exact! With a smorgasbord of parks to choose from, your dog will find paradise in Chicago. If you are a fast-paced, huge city kind of dog owner, then the beaches, cruises, trails/parks, piers, and stores in this puptown are for you. The beaches of Chicago are equipped for off-leash dog fun, with 2 cruise lines running through them. If your dog loves the water, the local boats of Chicago offer free pet accommodations too – even including a special newspaper-lined bathroom for you companion. If you are in the mood for an eventful time with your favorite pooch, Chicago is a beautiful destination to go to. 

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    Population Density 4,265/sq mi

    #4 Buffalo Grove


    With 2 parks to choose from, Buffalo Grove is less than 10 minutes from Des Plaines, Illinois, and is a small puptown. Big, fenced-in fields are available for your beloved friends to romp and play safely. Fido is sure to make some new four-legged friends, and you’re bound to make new dog-loving friends, too! Smaller dogs under 35 pounds have a separate destination to ensure their safety. The local parks in this small town have high ratings and free parking as extra perks. Evidence of vaccinations and other records are not required to have fun in this park, making  need for a fun place for you dog to smell new things, run off some energy, and make lifelong friends.

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    Population Density 36,853/sq mi

    #5 Park Ridge


    With a nature fairytale vibe in the local environment, Park Ridge is a 10-minute drive from Des Plaines, Illinois. At the local park, pets are welcomed to run and play off-leash. Your doggy companion is free to play a few games of ball and sniff around with other canine friends, while an ice arena and batting cages are available for human entertainment. The big open fields are surrounded by benches for dog owners to keep a watchful eye on their favorite pooch, and shade is provided from the massive trees present. A huge water fountain and exquisite flowers placed throughout the park to create a warm and inviting atmosphere, making the journey to this park joyful for both you and your dog.

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