Miller Meadow South in Forest Park is a pawsome resource for residents of Cook County and visitors to the area. It is the most central of three large off-leash dog parks on the outskirts of Chicago run by the Forest Preserves of Cook County (FPCC). All three FPCC parks can be accessed with a $60 annual fee per dog for county residents and a $120 annual fee per dog for non-residents. A health report from a veterinarian is also required.
Miller Meadow South is not your average dog park. The fenced off-leash area is huge, with three full acres for your dog to romp and run in to their heart's content. And forget the urban parks you're used to with crushed gravel and concrete—there's nothing but soft, springy grass here as far as the eye can see.
The investment people make to access this park is reflected in the careful attention people pay to their pups here. People and dogs are both generally friendly and well-behaved at Miller Meadow South. Parking is also a breeze. Water sources are spread out across the park outside of the off-leash area, so it's a good idea to bring your own water. Ample clean up bags are provided. There's also an outdoor shelter where you can enjoy a nice shaded rest.
For dogs who like long walks on the leash, the off-leash area at Miller Meadow is connected to two miles of trails where leashed dogs are welcome. Take to the trails to explore slightly different scenery, including the shores of the Des Plaines River. Elsewhere in the park, fields of tall prairie grass and wildflowers burst into bloom in the summer and turn gold in the fall. Wildlife is abundant here, too, especially deer.
This is a wonderful place to bring your dog to see them in their natural element. You won't have to worry as you watch them bounding over a distant hill in search of a squirrel or romping around with a new friend, running like they rarely get a chance to run.