Romeoville is the nineteenth largest village in the state, located 26 miles southwest of Chicago near Stevenson Expressway. An agricultural hot spot in the past, today the village is a rapidly developing place with plenty of opportunities for newcomers and visitors. Romeoville has a network of well-maintained public parks and recreation areas, as well as a pet-friendly eatery and six veterinary hospitals for dog owners’ comfort.
Village Park and Jaycee Park are both located in downtown, offering a set of walking paths and trails for biking and on-leash walks among green and shaded areas. Feel free to check out Georgetown Park, just south of O’Hara Woods Preserve, for more walking opportunities. None of the parks has an off-leash area, but they all welcome pooches (and their parents!) to play, walk, and make some un-fur-gettable memories.
Isle a la Cache is a unique natural area in Romeoville that has vibrant wildlife and plenty of outdoor adventures for you and Fido. It's set on Des Plaines River, and offers about 100 acres of an open space with forested hiking and cross-country skiing trails. Your leashed fur baby is welcome to join you on the trails, as well as at Centennial Trail within the park, which winds for 13 miles through Cook, DuPage, and Will counties.
You will find Lemont just 12 minutes east of Romeoville. This small township, which is a suburb of Chicago, has a friendly allure, and welcomes pups and their parents to enjoy some time in the great outdoors together. Your first stop in Lemont should be Central Bark Dog Park. This small, fenced dog park, located across from Centennial Park, is a busy place teeming with local mutts and their friendly owners. Apart from the main area with grass and seating, the park features walking trails through the woods which are pawfect for on-leash walks.
Naperville has plenty of opportunities for off-leash walking and activities, especially in the southwestern part of town near Royce Road. This area is home to DuPage River Park and Indian Boundary Park, but you'll want to head to Whalon Lake Park. This is a huge preserve for off-leash playtime, and the park's 12 acres include a separate area for small pooches. You'll need to get a permit to use all the facilities in the park, which include, apart from the dog park area, picnic shelters, multi-purpose walking trails, and a huge lake for boat trips and fishing with your pup at your side!
Greene Valley Forest Preserve, located not far from Woodridge, Illinois, is a massive park and nature preserve suitable for hiking and picnicking as well as camping. The entire area has strict leash rules for four-legged visitors, except for the two designated sections for canines. Greene Valley Forest Preserve Dog Park has multiple paved walking trails connecting the two separate sections for small and large pups. The grassy fields are pawfect for chasing and playing with other pups or bonding with you. You will find the landscape beautiful and amenities convenient. Shaded benches and drinking water are available, but keep in mind that you'll need a permit to enter the park.
Known for its extensive recreation areas with endless outdoor opportunities, Naperville is home to Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve, an expansive natural area with prairie habitat for birds (you will not find a better place for bird watching!), hiking trails and meadows. What more could you ask for? We know -- a dog park! You're in luck, because the preserve also features a designated off-leash spot for pups to play! Your hound will bark in excitement while wandering through the tall prairie grasses and exploring the trails near the creek. A permit is required to visit the park.
The city of Aurora, Illinois, is a great place to visit if you have a pooch in tow! Aurora's downtown area, as well as the Fox River, are pawpular destinations, but if you're looking to enjoy a day out in nature with Fido, you'll want to head for the southeastern part of town. Here, you'll find Phillips Park, featuring an amazing recreation spot and a zoo operating since 1915, which is home to more than 40 native species of birds and mammals. Your pup should stay on their leash at all times, but when he gets tired of being tied up, you can take him to Phillips Park Dog Park, with a fenced, grassy area, seating and drinking water fountains.