Being the fourth largest city in the great state of Illinois, there is no shortage of things to do and see in Joliet. Even though the city is located only forty miles southwest of Chicago, Joliet residents have little desire to head to the capital of the midwest. Because of the large stretches of flat land and open spaces, many Joliet residents have canine family members.
However, do not think that the city is just a haven for pups! Many Illinois residents flock to the city to indulge in a little bit of gambling at Hollywood Casino and Harrah's Joliet. Not a gambler? Don't fret -- you can always spend time at one of Joliet's two race tracks! Not only can you spend the day tail-gating with your friends and eating delicious food, but you can also reserve a racing experience when you want to get behind the wheel.
If you just want to spend some time in nature with your pup away from all humans and noise, Joliet has just the right places for you to go to. The city is full of parks, both large and small, where you can spend a peaceful afternoon or serene day at. Although not all the parks are dog parks, they do allow dogs on leashes -- perfect for taking long strolls or exercising with your buddy!
Located on the easternmost side of Joliet is the scenic neighborhood of Forest Park. Forest Park is home to the Old Plank Road Trail, another Rails-to-Trails project that welcomes both human and canine explorers. This trail in particular is a beautiful place to walk or run with your pup. You can walk as much as you want on the trail, or even wander into the beautiful forests that surround the trail. However, it does require pups to be leashed at all times. You'll also need to bring your own water and waste bags.