Crown Point -- or, as it is known among the locals, the “Hub of Lake County” -- is the county seat of Lake County, and is located 50 miles away from Chicago. The interesting thing about Crown Point is that, in the '70s, there was no waiting period for issuing marriage licenses; many people were going there just to get married. Among the most famous people that got married in Crown Point are actors Rudolph Valentino and Tom Mix and music mogul Joe Jackson.
Crown Point is certainly no stranger to fame -- in 2007, Universal Studios filmed a number of scenes in Crown Point for the movie Public Enemies, starring Christian Bale and Johnny Depp.
It's no surprise, then, that your pup will be treated like the star he is while you're here! When it comes to healthcare, you and Fido will be happy to know that there are more than 10 veterinary clinics, hospitals, and veterinary services in Crown Point that will take great care of your pooch in case of any emergencies.
If you are in the mood for hiking, then you should check out the Erie Lackawanna Trail. Take some water and waste bags with you, and enjoy this nice trail! After hiking, you can rest up in one of the six dog-friendly locales in this city. Grab a bite at one of Crown Point's furrific fur-friendly restaurants, including Buddy and Pal's Place, Pappa's Restaurant, or Cold Stone Creamery.
If you’re looking for a place where you can have a pawsitively great time with your pup in Crown Point, check out the Dogwood Run at Lemon Lake County Park. The park is located in the southern part of the city, which is home to a quiet residential area. The park is properly fenced and allows pups to romp off-leash. The 14-acre park is divided into two equal sections for small dogs and large dogs. To enter this dog run, you will have to obtain a Pooch Pass for your dog and provide vaccination records. Or, you can buy a one-time pass at the entrance! Water, poop baggies, trash for disposal are all provided.
What can be better than enjoying a day at the beach when the weather is warm? Enjoying it with your pooch by your side, of course! If you want to dip your feet and your pet's paws in the sand, head to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This pup paradise is located in Porter, around 25 miles from Crown Point. Dogs are very welcome at a number of beaches that are located east of the Indiana Dunes State Park, but they must be wearing a leash no longer than six feet. Take some water with you and some waste baggies, and you are ready for a pawesome day at the beach!
Fifteen miles away from Crown Point is another park that is worth the short drive: Wicker Memorial Dog Park. Prior to entering, you'll have to register your dog and pay a fee. The park is pretty spacious and fully fenced. It provides a great off-leash experience for dogs, and has all the essentials for a furrific day at the park! Water is accessible via a doggie water fountain, and the ground is covered in grass. There are trash cans for disposing of pet waste, as well as benches for the human companions and shade from a couple of trees. Unfortunately, pit bulls and pit bull mixes are prohibited from entering.
Another option in the vicinity of Crown Point is the Portage Dog Park. This park can be found in the Willow Creek neighborhood of Portage, and it is a large, fully-fenced area with beautiful surroundings. The separate sections make this park even safer. In the large dog area, dogs over 35 lbs. are allowed to play, and petite pups weighing less than that have their own space. The park is mostly covered in grass, and provides picnic tables for the human visitors. Pieces of agility equipment are also located throughout the park so your pup can get some extra exercise and even some training if you want to!
Rover's Run Dog Park is around 22 miles northwest of Crown Point, located within Apollo Park in Homewood, IL. You'll have access to fresh water here, as well as three acres of fenced, off-leash area enriched with agility equipment. To enter, you will need to fill out a detailed form which will need to be signed by your vet. The entrance to the park is double-gated so it is very secure, and there are three benches in the park for the human visitors. There's also a separate area for training that has its own entrance. If you're just looking for a quick walk, there is a trail around the park that welcomes leashed pups!