The home of the Lilac Ball and Lilacia Park, the village of Lombard in Illinois is a nice place to visit and spend a few days with your pup. Here, you'll have plenty of opportunities to explore nature as well as historic and cultural places. Set west of Chicago, Lombard has a well-developed transportation system, which provides quick and easy access to the Windy City and the surrounding areas. There are four veterinary clinics and hospitals here which are happy to give your mutt a helping paw in case of an emergency.
One of the longest and most pawpular trails in the state is Illinois Prairie Path, a rail-trail which stretches for more than 58 miles and runs right through the heart of Lombard. The trail consists of five connected trail segments with three main branches, which makes the system complicated, but fun to explore. Your pup will love sniffing out some new scents along this former Chicago Aurora and Elgin Railroad corridor. Make sure to take some drinking water with you.
West Street Charles Road in Lombard is where you'll find almost all the dog-friendly eateries in the village. You and Fido will be spoiled for choice here! The Vino Cellar is the perfect place for a doggie dinner date. This sophisticated restaurant serves elegant dishes and a selection of rare wines to diners and their dogs at the outdoor patio. Or, join the friendly local crowd and enjoy some European cuisine at Praga Restaurant's sidewalk dining area. Leashes are required at both establishments.
East Branch Forest Preserve, centered on the lake, is set between Glendale Heights and Safari Land, but belongs to the northern part of Lombard. Located near Swift Road and off I-355, the preserve features more than 525 acres of wetlands, which makes it a convenient place for fishing, picnicking, or just taking Fido for walkies! Apart from the main area with walking trails and paths, the preserve also has a designated off-leash area. East Branch Off-leash Dog Park is an unfenced, beautiful area which provides convenient access to the water where your pooch can cool off on a sunny day! You'll need to obtain a permit before visiting this park, though.
Spring Avenue starts at the end of Glen Oak Country Club and stretches farther south, following along the East Branch DuPage River. Follow along the road and turn left just before the avenue crosses Highway 53. Here, you'll find a hidden gem: Glen Oak County Forest Preserve. This is a nice public park with a dog-friendly extension – Spring Avenue Dog Park. The dog park is fully fenced and features grass, seating and drinking water stations for pooches. This is the best place near Lombard to let your mutt go wild playing off-leash!
31st Street runs right through the middle of central Oak Brook. Follow along the street to the west from La Grande Park, and you'll find Central Park. Just across from the park, near St Paschal Drive, is the beautiful Mayslake Peabody Estate. It's home to Mayslake Forest Preserve Park, an off-leash area for pooches of all sizes and temperaments to have fun exploring the lake and the historical building of the Estate! The place is loved and cherished by locals, who welcome newcomers with open arms. This is the pawfect place to find some new friends and share a great day out together!
Originating at the center of 31st Street in Oak Brook's downtown, Spring Road stretches all the way south to York Road and follows along Salt Creek. Fullersburg Woods is a must-visit place in the area for every traveler, especially those who have their pooches in tow! This natural area offers plenty of walking trails where leashed pups are welcome to enjoy the picturesque views with their owners. Don't forget to bring your own drinking water and a camera to snap a shot or two of your lovely mutt bravely exploring the wilderness here! Dogs are not permitted on certain paths; pay close attention to signs and warnings.
Hinsdale is a northern neighbor of Willowbrook, featuring an extensive golf course and a few public parks in the northern part of the village. Your pup will love visiting Katherine Legge Memorial Park, home to a huge field where dogs can run and play off-leash during designated hours. It also has convenient access to the creek and plenty of open space. The park is a great spot to socialize your pup, but it's not fully fenced (especially by the entrance) so make sure to keep a close eye on your mischievous mutt! Leashed pooches are welcome to play here in the late afternoon.