Gurnee is a village located in Lake County, Illinois and is part of the Chicago Metropolitan Area. Gurnee is also home to Six Flags, which makes it a pawpular vacation destination for families. Six Flags, along with the Gurnee Mills, draws around 26 million visitors annually to the village!
Since Gurnee has lots of tourist attractions, there are a lot of dog-friendly accommodations in town. If you're looking for a place to stay where you can bring your dog along, you'll find plenty of options in Gurnee to suit your needs and budget. La Quinta Inn & Suites Chicago Gurnee, Extended Stay America Chicago Gurnee, Comfort Inn Gurnee, and Fairbridge Inn Express are just a few of the pet-friendly hotels here. You'll also find AirBnB rentals here, too.
There are a lot of places in Gurnee where you can eat with your dog by your side or just grab a cup of coffee. These include Fatman Pizza Pub, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Culver's, Kaiser's Pizza & Pub, Momcorn and a lot more.
If you're feeling adventurous and you want to hike with your dog, you can visit the Des Plaines River Trail, which is a dog-friendly multi-use trail. You'd be committing a major faux paws if you don't stop by Six Flags while you're in town. Even though dogs are not allowed inside, the park has enclosed kennels outside where you can leave your dog while you enjoy the rides.
Although there aren't any dog parks is Gurnee, you'll find one just a short drive away called the Prairie Wolf Dog Park. This park is located in South Lake Forest, which is around 13 miles from Gurnee. This fully fenced, off-leash dog park provides 44 acres for dogs to run, romp, and play. Although there isn't a separate area for small dogs, there are two separate training areas where you can play with or train a timid or shy pup. The park even has a lake that is outside of the fenced area, but you can lift the fence and let your dog swim and splash in the pond!
Another 44-acre park that you can visit for making some great memories with your pup is the Beck Lake Dog Park. This park is a little bit further than the previous one -- at around 26 miles away from Gurnee. The park is rich with wide fields where your pup can stretch his legs, trails, and training enclosures. Water and waste stations are both available here, so all you have to bring is lots of energy. The best part of the park is the pond where your dog can swim and socialize. You'll need to obtain a membership in order to enter the park.
If you are looking for something different for you and your pooch, you should definitely check out the Moraine Dog Beach and Park. The beach is located around 14 miles away from Gurnee and is situated in the Fort Sheridan neighborhood of Highland Park. If you want to visit this beach, you have to be registered at the Heller Nature Center and provide proof of vaccinations. The beach is clean, but parking can be a bit tough to find. The area is not really big, but it's enough for your pup to have an absolute blast swimming and playing with other dogs! Make sure you bring water and waste bags.
Lakewood Dog Park is located just outside the city of Wauconda, approximately 17 miles away from Gurnee. This incredibly spacious park is actually a forest preserve. It even includes four fenced, off-leash areas where your pup can explore and socialize! Most of the park is covered with grass and has multiple paths and trails. There is parking, bathrooms, water pumps, picnic tables and benches. Most of the park has dense trees, which means that there is always shade here. After raining, it gets muddy in some areas, so be mindful of that. Make sure to bring poop bags.