Villa Park is a village in DuPage County, Illinois with a population of 21,800. It's part of the Chicago Metropolitan Area, so you won't be far from the amenities of the Windy City. The three animal hospitals and animal clinic in Villa Park take good care of its canine residents and visitors, so you can rest easy knowing your pup is in good hands should an emergency arise.
If you decide to visit this interesting village, you can lodge at the budget-friendly Motel 6 Chicago West Villa Park, which welcomes canine guests. Villa Park also has AirBnB rentals, although pet policies and fees vary for each accommodation.
If you’re feeling a little bit adventurous while you're in Villa Park, you should take the time to visit the Illinois Prairie Path. This pawpular trail stretches for many miles, and is considered one of the best hiking trails in the state. The Great Western Trail (DuPage Parkway Section) also runs through Villa Park, so you and Fido can explore both and decide which you like better.
If you're a history buff, you should check out the Villa Park Historical Society & Visitors Center. No dogs are allowed in the museum, unfortunately.
Villa Park doesn't have any dog parks of its own, so you'll have to drive outside of city limits to find off-leash fun. Head to Whalon Dog Park in East Naperville, just 18 miles from Villa Park. This off-leash park encompasses 8 acres so your pooch has plenty of room to play. If you have a smaller pup, there is a separate 2.5-acre area designated especially for dogs under 30 pounds. There are shelters and benches in the park where the dog owners can hang out and watch over their canine friends. The great thing about this park is that it includes an exercise area with lots of agility equipment.
Around 16 miles away from Villa Park is another place that's definitely worth visiting: Green Valley Forest Preserve. The preserve is located in Naperville suburbs, and it includes two dog parks. One of them is for small pups, while the other one is for large doggos. Before you play here, you'll have to get a permit and provide proof of current vaccinations. There is no water source in the park, so make sure that you bring plenty of water with you. You'll also need to bring some doggie waste bags to help keep the park clean for all visitors.
Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge Dog Park is another park that should be on your list of parks to visit in the vicinity of Villa Park. It is located in South Hinsdale, approximately 11 miles away from Villa Park. The park is securely fenced and allows dogs to roam off-leash. The ground is covered in grass, and even has a little stream where pups can have a splashin' good time. The creek can get too deep when it rains, so be cautious and keep a close eye on your pup if you let him swim. The park also provides waste bags for cleaning after your pooch.
Around 20 miles away from Villa Park is a furrific dog park that your pup is sure to love: Beck Lake Dog Park! This park is pretty massive, with 44 acres of fenced area that includes a lot of amenities. There are wide open fields and trails that you can explore, enclosed spaces for training, and even a swimming pond! There are also drinking fountains so you don’t have to bring your own water. The only downside is that this park requires membership to enter. Every dog owner has to provide proof of vaccination and a fecal test in order to join to ensure the safety of all the pups that play here.
Mayslake Forest Preserve Dog Park can be found just 6 miles away from Villa Park, in Oak Brook. This large park is properly fenced so all dogs can run around and play safely. Portable restrooms are available for the human visitors. The park offers plenty of benches and shade for pet parents' convenience, but there isn't any water or waste baggies here, so please bring your own. The dog park is part of the Mayslake Forest Preserve, which welcomes dogs to explore the grounds on-leash. You'll find the Mayslake Peabody Estate here, as well as opportunities to fish and hike.