Oak Forest is a suburban city located 24 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, and is part of Cook County and the metropolitan area of Chicago. There are many well-known communities near Oak Forest worth noting, like Crestwood, Markham, and Country Club Hills. But you won't need to leave town to find dog-friendly fun! You'll find many neighborhoods inside of Oak Forest where you and your traveling canine will feel more than welcome.
There are two Fido-friendly restaurants within Oak Park if you want to dine with your dog while you're here. Marcotte’s Bar and Grill offers both beverages and bar fare that you can enjoy with your dog in their outdoor seating area. Doug’s Dogs is another popular spot for dog owners looking for a meal while out with their pups. Their signature Italian food and hot dogs that will make your jealous pup’s mouth water. Be sure to bring extra treats to reward your dog for good restaurant behavior! (And a water bowl probably isn't a bad idea, either.)
Dog owners love to take their pups for walks through the residential streets found in Oak Forest. Make sure you keep your dog safely on leash as you make your way around town. You're sure to meet another tail-wagger or two on your adventures in Oak Forest!
Central Oak Forest is right in the middle of everything that Oak Forest has to offer its residents and visitors. While dogs are not permitted at the George Dunne National Golf Course, they are allowed to walk with you on leash at the nearby Cook County Forest. This is a phenomenal place for a hike or a longer walk on a weekend morning. You will want to bring snacks, a good hiking harness, and plenty of drinking water for your adventures in this part of town. You should always hike with a (human) buddy, and maybe they can bring a furry buddy for your dog as well!
North Oak Forest is bordered by the actual forest that gives this city its name. You'll enjoy the beautiful green scenery that surrounds the neighborhood. Camp Sullivan is a great place just north of town if you enjoy spending some real time in the great outdoors away from it all in a tent with your dog. Make sure you camp with good friends and their pawesome pups. Tents and RV’s are permitted in the park, weather permitting. The area can get heavy snowfall during the winters, so keep an eye on the weather if you will be traveling during the more frigid months.
South Oak Forest has both large and small parks where you and your dog are more than welcome to explore. Residents in this part of town take good care of the Don Burns Park, and love to bring their pups with them for walks, runs, and games of fetch. You should bring tennis balls, a leash, a picnic blanket, and drinking water with you on your way to this small but welcoming park. The forest to the south of town is another pupperific place to hike with friends and your pack of pups, so be sure to bring a harness suitable for hiking with you on your trip.
West Oak Forest is right on the edge of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. This prime location is the pawfect place to enjoy some hiking or camping with your family and your dog. There is a small park called Jesk Park if you want a small and quiet place to set up a picnic. If you are looking for a lovely place to hike, Bachelor Grove Woods is just to the north of the neighborhood, right outside of the city. Pack your bag full of waste bags, plenty of drinking water, a portable bowl for your dog, and towels in case you (or Fido!) come across a stream you just can’t resist.
East Forest Park is home to two beautiful outdoor spots that locals enjoy with their families and their dogs. If you love the outdoors, you will really love East Forest Park and the surrounding natural places. Oak Forest Park is in this part of town with plenty of paths and grass for a relaxing day on a picnic blanket or a run with your energetic best friend. The Oak Forest Preserve is found just minutes to the north of the neighborhood, and is yet another prime hiking spot if your dog loves the outdoors as much as you do. Just bring a comfortable harness.