Elk Grove Village is a moderately populated village in Cook County, Illinois. The village's name comes from the fact that it is a home to a small herd of elk kept in a grove in Busse Woods forest preserve. It's no surprise that such an animal-loving village is home to five veterinary clinics which keep the village's animals happy and healthy.
If you are visiting the village and need a pup-friendly place to spend the night, you'll have plenty of lodging options. You'll find several budget hotels, like Motel 6, Super 8, and Days Inn. Or, if you'd like something a little more comfortable, book a room with AirBnB. All accommodations have different pet policies, so be sure to check those when booking your room.
Elk Grove Village also has a few places to chow down with your hound. It's home to the standard cafe and restaurant chains, like Panera Bread and Chipotle Mexican Grill. For something a little fancier, check out Shelby Campbell's Almost Famous or Tensuke Market. Leashes and good behavior are required at all of Elk Grove Village's Fido-friendly eateries.
If you visit Elk Grove Village, you'd be barking mad not to visit the Ned Brown Preserve (Busse Woods). This preserve, as mentioned earlier, is the where the habitat of the elk is, but there are many more things to see at this dog-friendly oasis.
Whalon Lake Dog Park is located around 26 miles south of Elk Grove Village, within Whalon Lake Park. This 8-acre off-leash park is properly enclosed for the safety of your dog. The park includes another 2.5-acre enclosed area for small dogs under 30lbs. Locals have fallen head over paws for this park, so your pup is sure to make some new friends here. For the comfort of the human visitors, a shelter and benches are located within the enclosed area. Outside of the fenced area, there are many trails where you can walk your pup on-leash if you feel more like taking a stroll through nature.
The Green Valley Forest Preserve is another natural oasis that's dog-friendly and close to Elk Grove Village at just 23 miles away. There are two separate park areas here: one for small dogs under 25 lbs. and another one for larger dogs over 25 lbs. There is no water provided, so make sure that you bring some with you. Also, take waste bags so you can clean up after your pup. The park is very well-maintained, but you'll need a pass to enter it. Make sure to take proof of vaccinations with you, as well as your dog's license, if you have one.
Prairie Wolf Dog Park is located approximately 24 miles north of Elk Grove Village, in South Lake Forest. This place is absolutely huge! The park's 44 acres are properly fenced and include two areas suitable for training and playing. There's also a lake at the park, which makes the perfect place for pups to make a splash on a summer day. Note that the lake swimming area is not fenced, so you need to keep a close eye on your pup and ensure he responds well to voice commands. There is a hose for washing off as well as bathrooms. When it rains, this park can get muddy, so bring a towel in bad weather!
If you're looking for someplace a little more adventurous than a dog park, hop in the car and drive the 24 miles from Elk Grove Village to Moraine Dog Beach and Park. You can only visit it after you register at the Heller Nature Center. Be sure to bring proof of vaccinations and your dog's license. The beach area where you pooch can swim isn't exactly huge, but there's more than enough room to have a blast! There's also a shower and a hose by the parking lot for cleaning your pup after all that fun. During weekends, it can get a little crowded, so keep this in mind if your pup is shy.
Mayslake Forest Preserve Dog Park is around 13 miles south of Elk Grove Village, in Oak Brook. The park is pretty large and is properly enclosed with benches in the shade for canine owners. You'll need to purchase a permit if you want to play here. The park doesn’t have water available on-site, you make sure you bring plenty with you, as well as a few waste bags for those necessary cleanups. There are covered picnic tables here where you can sit and watch over your pooch. The only restroom in the fenced area is a portable one. Dogs are allowed to explore outside the dog park as long as they're on leash.