Surrounded by wooded wonderland and chock full of stately charm, Palos Park really has it all -- a small-town, neighborly vibe close to nature and just a 35-minute drive from Chicago. The village has an interesting history -- in the early 1900s, Palos Park was known as an artists’ retreat. While those days are mostly gone, the town has retained its passion for the arts. Visit in May and you and your pooch can take part in some outdoor events as part of the annual Fine Arts Fair!
Palos Park doesn’t have its own dog run, but it’s still a pretty fur-friendly place! The village might be small, but there’s certainly room for a veterinary clinic, and 24-hour care is available in nearby Moneka. If you and your pooch like hiking, you’re in luck -- you two will be spoiled for choice in terms of forests and preserves. You won’t struggle to find doggy dining options, either. Be sure to check out The Plush Horse, a furrific local ice cream joint that welcomes wagging tails at its outdoor tables. And if your four-legged friend longs to romp off-leash, don’t worry -- you’ll find plenty of pawesome dog parks just a little further afield!
Bremen Grove Off-Leash Dog Park is just a fifteen-minute drive from Palos Park, so it’d be a huge faux paw not to check it out! Both the large and small dog areas are pretty big, so there’s space enough for even the most energetic fur-ball to tire themselves out. Unfortunately, like the park at Homer Glen, there is a fee, and unlike the Messenger Marsh Dog Park, there’s no day pass option. If you live in the area, though, you might think that the $55 annual fee is worth it -- it works out at just over a dollar per week, and your pooch will thank you for it!