Located about 30 miles north of downtown Chicago, the city of Lake Forest is a wonderful community for dogs and their owners. There are nearly 200 acres of parklands and 20 miles of walking trails in this community. You can find three veterinary clinics in town if you're searching for professional care for your pup.
About ten miles northeast of town, you can treat Fido to some off-leash playtime at the Independence Grove Dog Park. The 30-acre fenced area includes a pond, open fields, and some woods. You'll need to get a day pass or purchase an annual permit, which is good at all four Lake County Forest Preserve dog parks.
Another puptacular play area for Fido is the Lakewood Dog Park. The 66-acre facility is completely fenced and includes meadows, trails, and a water station. Head west about 15 miles to reach this Lake County Forest Preserve park.
If you'd rather enjoy some one-on-one time with your fur baby, check out Fort Sheridan Preserve off Sheridan Road. This 250-acre facility has hiking trails that wander through wooded and open areas. Dogs are welcome to join you if they're on a leash and you clean up after them.
Lake Forest is a furrific area where dogs and their owners can get outside to exercise or to go exploring.