Looking for a great place to go in the Midwest with plenty of history and amazing outdoor activities? Skokie, Illinois in Cook County is out of the bustle of downtown Chicago, but the skyline is visible from town giving you a beautiful nighttime view with the peacefulness of a smaller suburb. Founded in 1888, Skokie has a diverse population of approximately 64,784 people who have almost 15,000 dogs, so bring Fido when you come. There is plenty for you both to do!
Let Fido run off some of that energy at Pooch Park on Oakton Street, which is Skokie’s only true off-leash dog park run by the city. Within the 2.7-acre area, there are separate areas for big and small dogs, agility equipment, dog water fountains, shelters, dog-cleaning stations, and even some trails so you can both get some exercise. It is lighted until 10 PM so you can enjoy the park after dark.
Community Bark West on Zenith Drive is another off-leash dog park in the area that has walking paths, fountains, shelters, waste disposal bags, and six acres of running space. The small and large dogs have separate areas and a double-gated entrance for safety. Fido can meet many furry friends at Community Bark West, and you will love to see him play.
Skokie is conveniently located off Interstate 94, allowing for easy access across the area that offers plenty shopping, dining and entertainment. Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park welcomes people to enjoy bicycling and jogging, trails, group touring, and picnic areas. Dogs on leash are welcome to enjoy all amenities of the park, and pick-up and disposal of droppings is mandatory. The city of Skokie hosts the annual Woof Walk Dog Parade & Adoption Drive that parades adorable doggies around in costumes followed by an adoption event! Big Sky Dog Training provides a safe, effective, high-quality, reward-based training program that helps you develop an optimum relationship with your dog.
Only 3.5 miles from Skokie, the town of Evanston, Illinois is settled along the coast of Lake Michigan and is surrounded by dining, shopping, entertainment and outdoor recreational activities. Pooch Park is a fenced, off-leash dog park that includes a separate small dog area, agility equipment, water and grass. The Unitarian Church of Evanston sponsors the annual Holiday C.A.R.E. Faire where you can take your pup to get their picture taken with Santa Claus then participate in the famous Cookie Walk! Have a dirty doggie? Spotless Dog Wash is a self-serve dog wash that provides you with everything you’ll need to get your pooch looking their best!