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A charming suburban community ruffly 25 miles northwest of Chicago, Itasca, Illinois is sure to be a vacation destination not soon forgotten. Whether you and your pup enjoy the city hustle-and-bustle or you prefer to escape into the countryside, Itasca is the gateway for it all. Should your pup get in any trouble during your visit, there is one veterinarian within Itasca town limits and more than 20 in the surrounding communities. 

To begin your Itasca adventures, head to the 132-acre Salt Creek Marsh Forest Preserve. This scenic preserve contains many different ecosystems and types of terrain, including meadows, wetlands, prairies, marshes and a bottomland forest. Visitors will have the opportunity to view a variety of wildlife, including various birds, reptiles and amphibians, plus coyotes and beavers. Just be sure to keep your pup on a leash at all times so the surrounding land remains intact and the local wildlife isn't disturbed. 

Another great spot for you and your pup is downtown Itasca's riverwalk. In fact, the downtown area offers a number of connecting trails ranging from Village Hall all throughout town and into the neighboring Spring Brook Nature Center. These trails are a great way for you and your pup to get acquainted with the area.

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Best Dog Neighborhoods in Itasca

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    Population Density 1,764/sq mi

    #1 Songbird Slough

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    One of the area's most popular destinations, the Songbird Slough neighborhood certainly cannot be missed. The area's biggest attraction, the Songbird Slough Forest Preserve, is the purrfect place to continue your Itasca adventures. Encompassing nearly 400 acres of both natural and constructed wetlands as well as prairies and meadows, this park is sure to satisfy all of your nature cravings. There is a paved trail that runs throughout the park, which is perfect for walking and enjoying the surrounding nature with your pup. If you're a bird lover, the Songbird Slough Forest Preserve is also a great place to catch a glimpse of more than 200 species of birds, many of which are on the endangered species list.
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    Population Density 2,922/sq mi

    #2 Wood Dale

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    Just 10 minutes south of downtown Itasca, you'll find the neighborhood of Wood Dale, home of 185-acre Wood Dale Grove Forest Preserve. This preserve is another of the area's finest nature getaways. There are two 0.5-mile trails within the preserve that are open to visitors, both human and dog alike. One trail encircles Grove Lake while the other passes through the restored wetlands in the northern portion of the protected area. Visitors to the Wood Dale Grove Forest Preserve will have the chance to see a variety of rare wildlife, including migratory birds, owls, deer, various reptiles and amphibians, plus many more!

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    #3 East Higgins

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    Heading just 10 minutes north of Itasca will bring you to the East Higgins neighborhood, which lies smack dab in the middle of the incredible Ned Brown Preserve, also referred to as the Busse Woods. The Busse Woods encompasses nearly 4,000 acres of land and provides visitors with endless amounts of fun. You and your pup can enjoy the 457-acre lake, where fishing and boating are popular everyday activities throughout the summer months. You can also take advantage of the eight-mile paved loop trail that passes through a good portion of the preserve, allowing you and your pup to enjoy the many types of terrain present in the Busse Woods. The trail connects to the Salt Creek Greenway as well.
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    Population Density 15,510/sq mi

    #4 Humboldt Park

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    Less than an hour east of Itasca is the neighborhood of Humboldt Park, its namesake being the 207-acre park of the same name directly adjacent to the residential area. Play the day away in this expansive and immaculately kept green space. You and your pup can enjoy the grassy areas or take a stroll next to the park's personal pond and admire the local wildlife which frequents the area. Your dog is not required to be on a leash in this park, though keeping your pup on-leash is generally recommended for safety reasons. Afterwards, head over to local favorite restaurant The Chicago Teachers' Lounge & Eatery for some tasty grub and craft cocktails. Your pup is welcome at any of the tables on the outdoor patio.
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    Population Density 20,700/sq mi

    #5 Lincoln Park

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    Once again heading just under an hour east of Itasca, you'll find the eclectic Lincoln Park neighborhood, home of one of the area's largest dog parks: Wiggly Field. Complete with agility equipment and a special small dog area, you and your pup are sure to have a great time here. After you've had your fun, head over to locally owned pet store, Bentley's Pet Stuff. Here, you will find a great selection of natural food and treats, toys, general supplies and more. Plus, they bake personalized doggy birthday cakes! What more could you ask for?
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