Located along the Des Plaines River, the village of Willow Springs is a wonderful place to soak up the rural environment southwest of Chicago. The village’s border touches Buffalo Woods and Willow Springs Woods, which are charming recreational facilities where you can sit back and relax with Fido. If you want more dog-friendly fun, feel free to travel around to Lemont, Woodridge, or Lisle, offering dog parks and other amenities, as well as 10 veterinary clinics in total.
Willow Springs Woods is a lush and pawesome forest preserve with multi-use trails available for exploring year-round! Hidden in a beautiful forest setting, a 3.1-mile loop with an elevation of 144 feet is perfect for any sort of activity you want to enjoy. Run, walk, or hike with your leashed Fido for as long as you like, but don't forget to bring some drinking water and waste bags with you!
Tired after your adventure? You may want to sit back and relax on the covered patio at Greco’s of Willow Springs, an Italian eatery with classic, authentic fare and a bar. This family-owned restaurant set in the heart of the village, on the western edge of Willow Springs Woods, provides picturesque riverfront views. Leashed canine customers are very welcome here!
Pawsitively packed with forests and preserves, the southern part of Lemont is a breathtaking natural area with acres of open green spaces, walking trails, and picturesque waterfalls. Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve is one of the most impressive and ecologically diverse places in DuPage County, and maybe Illinois as a whole! Featuring more than 2,500 acres of forest, this park invites you and Fido to explore 11 miles of multi-purpose trails. Keep in mind that this park is very popular, and people love these trails! That includes the horseback riders, cyclists, and hikers who explore them year-round, so keep your buddy on their leash at all times!
Illinois is known for its abundance of forest and nature preserves, so you and your pooch will have paw-lenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Swallow Cliff Woods in north Palos Park is a nice park and a green open space near the impressive Palos Park Woods. Immerse yourself in this lush environment, but keep your pup on-leash as you travel along Sag Valley Loop. Very pawpular from May through September, the multi-purpose trail welcomes horseback riders, cyclists, and walkers with leashed pooches for a 3.8-mile adventure through charming woodlands and hills. Make sure your buddy isn't afraid of bicycle traffic or horses!
The Oak Park area in Tinley Park, Illinois is outlined by Oak Park Avenue. Shopping malls and cafes can be found in the northwestern corner of the area, but the fun starts at Bremen Grove Park, which is home to a highly-rated dog park with two enclosures for double the fun! The gates require an electronic key -- you can obtain a pass from the parks department. Once you're here, enjoy the charming natural landscape and play areas complete with picnic tables and shaded seating. If your buddy gives you the slip, check to see if he's mosied on over to the grill area to steal a tasty treat from some local picnickers!
Avondale Meadows is a remote residential neighborhood in the southwestern corner of Tinley Park. Centered around the intersection of 179th Street and 80th Avenue, the area overlooks several water reservoirs and is conveniently located near small shops and local businesses. Fido's favorite place near this area, though, will be Canine Campus Dog Park at 84th Avenue. Forget the leash and join the fun in one of the three separate sections for small and large pups! The sections are rotated for maintenance. The park has benches, waste bags, and drinking water, as well as an agility course and endless terrain to run and play in!
Brookside Glen is a beautiful neighborhood in Tinley Park located within walking distance from Lake of the Glens Park. Mostly residential, Brookside Glen is the perfect place to visit if you're looking to escape the daily grind. Union Creek Park is a lovely community park that features a pawesome doggy spot as well! Rarely crowded -- probably because you have to obtain a PIN code before entering -- this area is a wonderful asset with a huge open space. The park is open to residents and non-residents, but you'll have to provide a copy of recent vaccination records to the park district. Bring some water and waste bags with you when visiting.