Dogs of all sizes love the suburbs, especially towns where pet-friendliness is a 'dog a dozen' like in Frankfort, Illinois. The population of Frankfort has been on the rise since the early 2000s. This once sleepy town is growing in both furry and human residents. The pet-friendliness is evident, from the newly built Frankfort Bark Park to the numerous restaurants like Palermo's which are opening their doors to our four-legged friends. Dog-owning citizens can take their pups on a hike through the Old Plank Road Trail, or even explore the wildness of the Hickory Creek Preserve. This sociable town is really making a name for itself! Chicago Magazine rated Frankfort as one of the top places to live and one of the safest communities in the Illinois area.
For the city dwellers of the dog pack, you can explore Historic Downtown Frankfort. The downtown area hosts dog-friendly boutiques, great restaurants, and a scenic place for a stroll with your 'puppers.' The downtown area also serves as a venue. Events like an outdoor farmers' market, arts and crafts festivals, and movies in the park are all huge draws to spend a day downtown with your doggo. There are eight veterinarians within the town limits, so you can rest assured everything is good on the veterinary home front in Frankfort.
From the natural scenery to the great eats, Frankfort has pawsitively everything you need!
Is your dog at one with Mother Nature? If so, the Settlers Pond neighborhood is definitely the place to settle down in (all puns intended). Crested against the neighborhood is the 1,541-acre Hickory Creek Preserve, which is part of Hickory Creek preservation system that encompasses over 2,000 acres of land. The preserve offers different trails for different skill levels of hiking. After getting your fill of exploration, you can head down to Meathead's Burgers & Fries for chef-inspired gourmet burgers like the Hawaiian burger or California Burger. Fido's more than welcome to sit in on this meaty meal with you on the deck outside.
Does your dog grovel over the pizza you're eating as if he's half starved? (Yeah, we know he's got kibbles in his bowl, but who can blame him)? The Green Garden neighborhood is home to some of the best pizza in Illinois, and that's a bold statement when Chicago is so close. At Palermo's off 63rd, you can get all the specialty pizza you can eat at this highly awarded Italian joint. After the carbohydrate and cheese overload, you can visit the Hickory Creek Preserve, which also borders the Green Garden neighborhood.
Is your dog king of the hiking trail? If your dog loves the uphill endeavors of trailblazing, then Plank Trail Estates is the neighborhood for you and your Fido. Within the neighborhood is the entrance to the Old Plank Trail, a 22-mile trail which also connects with Thorn Creek Trail system. Along the way, you and your dog can enjoy seeing Bald Eagles and native plants like the Compass flower. After a healthy hike, head down to Watershed Cafe & Books for a relaxing coffee or tea in a dog-friendly place.
Is your dog a social butterfly who leads the chase at the dog park? Prestwick is definitely the neighborhood for you and your four-legged friend if you love long Saturdays playing at the dog park. Within Commissioners Park, you'll find the members-only off-leash dog park — Frankfort Dog Park. To become a member, you must register your dog and provide proof that he's up-to-date on his shots. The bark park, voted one of nation's top ten dog parks by Fancy Dog Magazine, is three acres of fun, and was built by a local Frankfort businessman! If the members-only dog park seems a little too much for your rambunctious puppers, then you can head down to the Sauk Trail Reservoir for a nature-filled hike instead.
Is your dog aging swiftly and lazily into his golden years? If your dog is perfectly content lazing at your feet as you enjoy a bagel with your morning coffee, then Lakeview Estates is the neighborhood for you two! Lakeview Estates is close to the downtown area of Frankfort, which gives you access to scenic walking areas and town events. Also in Lakeview Estates is the dog-friendly Great American Bagels, which serves up more than just bagels. You can get omelets, breakfast sandwiches, and some 'pawesome' specialty cream cheeses!