Nicknamed Indiana Harbor, East Chicago is a city in the heart of Lake County. The city offers a three-route bus service that allows pets that fit in carry-on bags. East Chicago has numerous dog-friendly activities to enjoy. The local river, Grand Calument, is thirteen miles and primarily flows into Lake Michigan. Enjoy a peaceful walk with your dog down the paths of this beautiful river. You can view the Marktown Historic District that was built in 1917. Jeorse Park and beach are also great places to not only take Fido, but also families too! In East Chicago, you can also see the Indiana Harbor and Ship canal.
There are several pet-friendly Airbnb rentals to choose from in East Chicago. Although all rentals vary in location and house rules, the prices of renting are fairly cheap, with little to no pet fees. There are several nearby cities that offer a wide selection of dog-friendly restaurants to choose from and enjoy. Hammond, Indiana is a neighboring city to East Chicago that takes around fifteen minutes to get to from downtown East Chicago. Hammond has a delicious restaurant called Zel’s Roast Beef that prides itself on serving tasty American eats, such as hot dogs and sausage dogs, chicken, and seafood.
Although East Chicago, located in Indiana, has no dog parks of its own, it is only twenty-three miles away from the city of Chicago, located in Illinois. East Chicago is home to a staggering sixteen dog parks! Each park has a different theme, different amenities, and has different sizes. It would be hard for you and your pup to not fall in love with at least one of these parks. Once you’re done exploring the parks, make sure you check out one of the dog-friendly shopping areas, boat tours or bustling city streets in the heart of the windy city.
Less than nine miles from East Chicago is the city of Highland, Indiana. Highland is home to one dog park, Wicker Memorial Dog Park. This dog park has everything you could possibly want in a dog park. It is completely fenced in, so your pup does not need to be leashed. It also has plenty of seating, shade and toys for you and your pooch! However, the park does require a permit, which you can attain by providing proof of vaccinations and paying a small fee. This is a small price to pay for access to a such a secure, lovely dog park.
If you drive nearly twenty-five miles from your home in East Chicago, you can visit Crown Point, home to Dogwood Run at Lemon Lake County Park. This dog park is one of the largest dog parks that you or your pup will ever set paws in! It is approximately fourteen acres in size. It is not fenced in, but does not require dogs to wear leashes. For this reason it is important to keep an eye on your pooch, as it is easy for them to run off and get separated from you. Your dog should respond well to voice commands, too. And don’t forget to bring doggie waste bags and water.
Located only eleven miles from East Chicago is Munster, IN. Munster is home to only one dog park, the Centennial Dog Park. It is located right next to a large body of water, making it unique from other dog parks in the area. It is also separated into zones according to dog size, and has plenty of amenities such as shade, seating and water fountains. Furthermore, the park is only for members, so be sure to look into membership requirements before taking your pooch to play. Trust us, the short drive to Munster is definitely worth the trip!
Tinley Park is nearly thirty miles from East Chicago, but Fido will bark his praises if you make the drive. This locale is home to one dog park, the Bremen Grove Off Leash Area. This very new park is in tip-top shape because it’s brand-spankin’-new. It is a completely fenced-in patch of land with two gates and two zones for small and large dogs. Your dog will be able to run freely and play until they tire themselves out. This park is often frequented by locals so you are bound to make some new friends! It is a wonderfurr place to take your favorite four-legged buddy for a pawesome day out!