The community of Forest Park straddles I-295 and sits beside the Forest Home Cemetery to the west and incorporates the Woodlawn Cemetery to the south. Located 10 miles to the west of Chicago, Forest Park offers a small town suburban feel while still being close enough to the city for those who prefer to work downtown. There are several dog-friendly parks in the area for you and your dog to play in and numerous pet supply stores and groomers within driving distance. Not only are the many parks in the area great for your dog to play in, but they are the perfect place for you to hang out with your kids so they can make friends and get some exercise as well. Depending on which side of the community you live on, there are many places to eat, go shopping, and there is even a local craft brewery for you to visit.
Like most of Chicago, Forest Park is very flat. The only rises in terrain are where the interstate overpasses have been built. However, this doesn't mean you can't get in a pleasant walk with your pup. Virtually every block in the residential parts of the community offers tree-lined sidewalks with wide strips of grass between them and the roads. They offer plenty of shady space for the two of you to go for nice long hikes in the summer and can help keep the rain at bay during the rainy seasons.
For those of you with more athletic dogs who prefer varied terrain to walk on, you can always hop on the freeway and head out for a day on the shores of Lake Michigan where you will find several parks and beaches that are dog-friendly for the two of you to play on. Just remember to clean up after your dog werever you go.
When it comes to green space, Forest Lawn seems to have the corner on the market. Both the western edge and southern edge of the community are bordered by vast cemeteries that date back farther than most can remember. Miller Meadow sits in the southwest corner and offers a vast area for you, your family, and of course, your four-legged friend to spend hours running around on or strolling along the many trails to be found. Throughout Forest Park on both sides of the Chicago-Kansas City Expressway, there are many smaller parks with grassy areas for you and your pup to play on. Keep in mind that as a responsible pet owner, it is your job to keep your dog on a leash and to clean up after them. The more you help take care of these parks, the more likely it is that they will remain dog-friendly for many years to come.