Matteson is a moderately populated village located a little over 30 miles from the Windy City. This quaint community is the hometown of a few professional sportsmen, including NFL player Jon Asamoah and NBA player Tyler Ulis.
Matteson doesn't have a lot of dog-friendly amenities, apart from one pet-friendly hotel and a few dog-friendly chain restaurants and coffee shops. It does, however, have an animal hospital, so you won't have to travel to find quality veterinary care.
If you need a place to stay, head over to Quality Inn & Suites, which charges a pet fee for four-legged guests. Once you and Fido are all settled into your hotel room, you can swing by Culver's, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Five Guys, or Panera Bread to grab a bite. All restaurants allow doggie diners at the outdoor seating areas.
Although there aren't many dog-friendly spaces in the village, there is a furrific trail here for when you and your pooch need some exercise. The Old Plank Road Trail is 22 miles long and stretches through several cities in Illinois, with a trailhead in Matteson. Make sure you bring water and waste bags along for your hike!
You can find more dog-friendly fun just a short drive out of town.
Although there aren’t any designated dog parks in Matteson, there are some in the vicinity. Around 28 miles away from Matteson is Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge Dog Park, located in South Hinsdale. Your dog will be thankful if you decide to take him for a stroll through this beautiful park. Off-leash fun is the main plus in this fenced park! Waste bags are provided to keep the park clean, but you'll need to bring some water. On a hot day, Fido can dip his paws in the little creek here. When it rains, the creek can get really deep, so be sure to keep a close eye on your pup in bad weather!
Around 17 miles from Matteson is Messenger Marsh Dog Park, located in central Homer Glen. This fenced, off-leash park is the pawfect place for your pooch to play and sniff out some new buddies! The park is 5 acres, and there is a smaller 1-acre area for pups under 30 pounds. For the human visitors, the park provides sheltered benches where you can sit and watch over your pooch. A permit is required if you want to play here, but the fee is well worth it for this clean park. Poop bags and trash cans are provided so you can do your bit to keep the park clean.
The aptly named Jackson Bark is a must-see for pooches and people visiting Matteson. This furrific dog park is located in Chicago's Jackson Park neighborhood, around 27 miles from Matteson. The park has earned a reputation for being one of the best dog parks in the Chicago area. It is large, very clean, and has tons of agility equipment that your dog can enjoy. There is free parking in the nearby lot, as well as lots of toys in the park, and numerous shaded benches where the pup parents can sit and watch over their pooches. Water and poop bags are provided here, so you'll have everything you need for the pawfect day at the park!
If you're looking for some more off-leash playtime, but don't want to travel to the Windy City, head to Highland, located 17 miles northeast of Matteson. Here, you'll find Wicker Memorial Dog Park. If you want to visit this pawpular park, you will have to register your dog at the Wicker Memorial Park Picnic Office. Unfortunately, pit bulls and pit bull mixes are prohibited from being off-leash in the park. The park is covered in grass and has two areas which are rotated for maintenance so the dog park always stays open. There is a water fountain, but it is outside of the fenced area.
Trantina Farm Dog Park is a highly-rated dog park in Home Glen. Locals pawsitively love this fenced, off-leash park, so your precious pup is sure to make some new friends here! There are two separate areas: one is for little doggos under 30 pounds, and the other one is for large dogs. The park also provides benches, parking, and a looped trail surrounding the park that's perfect for a leashed walk. There isn’t much shade in the park, so you might not want to visit in hot weather. Bring water and poop bags with you, since these aren't provided here.