The college town of Urbana, Illinois, with its estimate of 41,250 citizens is a very welcoming place for animals and dogs in particular. Thanks to a high amount of veterinary doctors and hospitals no animal owner has to worry about their pet’s health and there are also plenty of amenities for canine companions.
The best deal in town for dog owners is a membership to Urbana Park District Dog Park. This dog park part of the Urbana Park District and consists of ten separate, enclosed dog runs. Owners of small dogs do not have to worry as there are separate areas for smaller dogs. There is also plenty of shelter from the sun in the shape of trees.
The University of Illinois also offers a few sights to see where dogs can be brought along for the ride. Dogs are allowed to frolic freely in the outside areas of the University of Illinois Arboretum and the University of Illinois Campus. The same holds true for the Monticello Railway Museum and the Alto Vineyards. Both are not related to the University of Illinois but are still worth a visit.
Finding a place to stay dogs is an easy task as there are a good number of hotels in Urbana and the surrounding towns that allow pets.
Shopping, dining and recreation is abundant in this family friendly neighborhood that is easily accessible from Interstate 74 and E University Avenue. Crystal Lake Park is 144 acres that include an urban forest called Busey Woods, a 59-acre oak-hickory forest! It also includes a playground, aquatic center, pavilions, fishing, open space and walking paths. Feel free to bring your leashed pup to enjoy the park with you! Urbana offers a ton of dog friendly restaurants like the Strawberry Fields Natural Foods Café, Iron Post, Crane Alley, Masijta Grill, Silvercreek, or Po Boy’s Restaurant to name a few!
This college town is located near the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and close to Interstate 74. West Side Park’s 12.7 acres provide a playground, open fields, picnic benches, pavilion, and walking paths that can be utilized by humans and on-leash dogs! Hessel Park is plotted on 26 acres and provides pavilions, picnic benches, playground, tennis courts, and walking paths. All accommodations can be enjoyed by your leashed pooch! Quality Bar, Destihl, and Sonic’s allow pups on their patios, and Towne Suites by Marriott, Hyatt Place, Days Inn, and Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham offer dog-friendly lodging! You can’t go wrong in Champaign!
Wilbur Heights is a very intimate community that is easily accessible off Interstate 74 and offers plenty of shopping! Rural King is a dog-friendly retailer that allows leashed doggies inside. They sell farm supplies, home goods, and hunting gear. To make the deal even sweeter, cashiers give treats to pups at the register when checking out! The local PetSmart hosts dog-friendly events like Stuff a Stocking which provides a bulk bin treat table where customers can fill a stocking stuffer treat bag for their best fur-einds! The PetSmart also offer accredited training to help you get positive behavior consistently from your fur baby.
This extremely quaint but spacious neighborhood is conveniently located off Interstate 57 and Interstate 74. Alto Vineyards is a beautiful award-winning winery that allows dogs at their outdoor tables, but they must be kept on leash. Dodds Park is 103 acres of open space, and includes a softball complex, community gardens, disc golf course, and walking paths that you and your on-leash pooch can enjoy together! For those visiting from out of town with their dogs in tow, the D&W Lake Camping RV Park, and the Microtel Inn offer dog-friendly lodging options in the Rising area.
The city of Danville is located about 30 minutes east of Urbana and is easily accessible from the Interstate. Fetch Dog Park is a fully fenced, off-leash dog park. The large dog section provides 4 acres for your dog to explore. If your pup is on the small side, they'll enjoy socializing in the 1-acre area. If you'd like to take your dog for a stroll, there are two miles of trails in the large prairie behind the fenced area of the park. Dogs must remain leashed while outside of the dog park and first-time guests are welcome, but please remember all dogs must wear a valid rabies tag!