A short commute of the Loop lies the city of Downers Grove, Illinois. This quiet, western suburb of Chicago is the dream location for the many citizens of Downers Grove as well as their pets. Over half of the households in Illinois own a cat or a dog, or both. Needless to say, there are plenty of pets in Downers Grove as well.
Dog owners have to make a short drive to Naperville for their dogs to be truly free and off their leash. The trip is well worth the time as this neighboring city has not one but two amazing dog parks with off-leash opportunities. Both parks require a membership that, according to locals, keep the parks in top-notch condition.
The Greene Valley Forest Preserve Dog Park is a fully enclosed playground for dogs and is part of the much larger Greene Valley Forest Preserve. Owners can follow the rocky trail that circles around the park. The park itself is 4 acres in size, and there are many open fields for dogs to run wild.
The Whalon Lake holds another off-leash dog area. This park is, with a total surface area of 8 acres, even bigger. The park is split up into a section for large dog and a section for small dogs. The paved pathway loops around the Whale Lake and offers a nice walk for owners as well.
In the middle of metropolitan Downers Grove, a dog-friendly atmosphere thrives. With local dog parks and a local “Barkery,” Main Street is prepared to cater to your dog’s every desire. Since 2004, the barkery has been hand-crafting luxurious natural treats for your beloved pet, even birthday cakes! The local bakers in this neighborhood are on a quest to find every dog customer’s favorite flavor by providing samples to every wagging tail. If the mission of this local barkery is to keep every happy tail wagging in the world, the modest prices and rewards program help the bakers do just that. If you are looking for a sweet and healthy treat to give your dog after all the excitement of playing in the neighborhood park with other furry friends, then Main Street in Downers Grove is a must!
Only 13 minutes from Downers Grove is the simplistic city of Hinsdale – a happy dog haven. What would make any dog happier than a large fenced-in area with a small stream, where they can spend their time exploring this terrain off-leash with you looking on from a safe distance? Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge Dog Park is the pawfect place to do just that amongst other furry friends. With a friendly atmosphere and a peaceful scenic woods view, this park trip will provide the much needed relaxation for your dog and you too!
Oak Brook is less than 15 minutes from downtown Downers Grove, and is the perfect oasis for small park lovers and hikers alike. If chowing down at a covered picnic table while watching your best friend run off-leash with other dogs sounds like your idea of the pawfect day, then Oak Brook has the perfect dog park for you. However, if you wish to spend one-on-one time with Fido, you can always hike the trails of Fullerburg Woods. Miles of trails are available for all kinds of purposes including, horseback riding, cross-country skiers, bicyclers, and our favorite dog walkers.
About 30 minutes from Downers Grove, Homer Glen is home to the Forest Preserve District of Will County and the Trantina Farm. Both of these dog-friendly gems take pride in their dog accommodations. By providing safe and clean areas for dogs to run off-leash, pups can release all their pent-up energy and make some new fur-iends in the process. Comfortable areas are designed for human companions, including shelters, picnic areas, and benches. Dogs under 30 pounds have a private one acre area all to themselves, so don't fret if you have a smaller fur-baby. They can have just as much fun as the big boys and girls!
Around 30 minutes from Downers Grove, Shorewood is the perfect city for a 7 acre dog park. The local park offers separate exercise areas for dogs to run free for a couple games of fetch, Frisbee, or tug-of-war. However, this park has far more than just any other park. Other amenities, such as multipurpose trails, campsites, fishing and canoeing are also dog-friendly. So if nature and dogs go hand in hand for you, and you are in the mood for camping in Hammel Woods, your dog will be greeted by a welcoming environment of nature, dog lovers, and other dog friends.