La Grange, IL gives residents the best of both worlds. One of the oldest suburbs of Chicago and one of the closest, the town maintains a small-town, family-friendly feel only 15 minutes from a large metropolitan area. Not only that, but in La Grange, you’re never far from scenic natural surroundings -- the small city is surrounded by creeks, trails and forest preserves ideal for leashed walks with your furry friend! In terms of care for your pet, there are three veterinary clinics in town to look after your buddy, with 24-hour emergency services available in nearby Countryside.
While there’s no dedicated dog park in La Grange, you and your pooch are sure to sniff out something to do! There are plenty of community parks available for a more sedate stroll. Gordon Park at Tilden Ave and Ogden Ave is a particular favorite of local dog owners. Cultured canines and their owners might appreciate a wander through La Grange’s historic downtown, a perfectly preserved wonderland with several buildings designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. There are five restaurants downtown that welcome doggy diners at outdoor tables, and some pawsitively excellent pet treat options. And if your furry friend needs to run free, don’t fret -- there are plenty of opportunities for off-leash adventures in the surrounding area!
The Happy Tails Dog Park at Summit Park is a true hidden gem. Tucked away at the back of the Summit Park District, just a nine-minute drive from La Grange, this pawesome park is one of the few in this area of Illinois that doesn’t require a permit. There are separate areas for large and small dogs, so your pooch can socialize no matter their size, and the park even provides a big basket of toys for catch and tug-of-war. There are no water fountains though, so bring your own water -- your pup is sure to work up a thirst!