Is your pup bouncing off the walls? If walks around the neighborhood aren't cutting it, let Fido loose at Calumet Bark. A bone's throw from Calumet Beach, this off-leash dog park provides a safe environment for energetic woofers to blow off steam and make new friends.
One of the few designated Dog Friendly Areas (DFAs) in Chicago's South Side, Calumet Bark is located within the 200-acre Calumet Park, right next to one of the parking lots. Fully fenced and double-gated for security, this no-frills facility comprises only one section with a gravel surface. Since there is no separate area for petite pooches, it is most suited for dogs who get along with other canines of different sizes.
Inside the DFA, visitors will find a water fountain for humans and dogs and some shade. There is no agility equipment or seating for the pet parents, and it is unclear whether pick-up bags are provided, so be sure to bring your own.
After your pup has gotten the wiggles out in the off-leash area, you can mosey around the rest of dog-friendly Calumet Park, which has nearly 4 miles of paved paths. Clip on Fifi's leash and follow the main trail around the northern section of the park, where you will pass by a soccer field, baseball diamonds, and shaded sitting areas.
If you stroll in the southern part of the park, you'll catch furbulous views of Lake Michigan and Calumet Beach, which unfortunately is off-limits to four-legged visitors. This section of the park also houses thicker patches of trees, enclosed tennis courts, and an expansive playground.
Remember to keep your pooch on a leash at all times when you're outside the off-leash area. And make sure you've obtained a permit and tag before heading to Calumet Bark (or any DFA in Chicago). Permits and tags cost $10 and are valid for one season.
For leash-free fun in the South Side, make your way to Calumet Bark!
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