Best Pet-Friendly Parks in Chicago

By | September 25, 2017

A walk on the town is only as great as the pet and the town (and maybe your running shoes of course.) But have you ever wondered about where else you can take your pet walking? Chicago has a ton of places you and your pooch can trek to and give them some valuable time off the leash where they can play with other pets.

pets are social creatures too and it’s a lot of fun to spend time with fellow pet walkers. Chicago is one of the best cities for pet park hangouts that you can let your pet play in. So take some time for off the leash fun!

Remember to register your pet before you go!

Since September 2005, all pets have required an annual permit and tags that must be held by their pet walker. Chicago pet park permits are easy to get, just check in with any participating Chicagoland veterinary office and they’ll help you figure out what paperwork you need to get the permit and tag. It’s only a $5 fee and the permit is good from January 1st to December 31st for that given year. For more information, check out the Chicago Park Districts website.

Hamlen pet Park

A pea gravel covered and fenced off pet park, it sports a fenced in area so you can let your pet off its leash. The gravel makes for easy cleanup and there is a grassy area perfect for playing fetch with your pet. Walking Chicago is always a lot of fun with parks like these.

Keep in mind that Hamlen pet Park doesn’t sport any extra amenities (such as a pet fountain) for their Chicago pet walkers. You’ll want to bring your own waste bags and a bowl with a bottle of water for your pooch.

Wicker Park

Dedicated to having fun with your family, Wicker Park has a.14 acre facility on their southeast corner specifically for pet walkers. Chicago sports a few off the leash areas, and this is another one of them. Taken care of my local community members, it frequently sports a small pool for the pets in the summer.

Wiggly Field

This 3 acre fenced in pet park is a favorite among pet walkers. Chicago managed; it has plenty of space for your pooch to stretch their legs alongside you on their trails and even has a pond for pets to swim in. Children under the age of 10 are not permitted.

This park features a separate small pet area and pet fountains. It’s a great location to spend a few hours, just be advised that there are not any restrooms.

Grant Park pet Park

This park is a well maintained and clean park, sporting a larger size than most of the parks for a pet walker. Chicago volunteers known as the South Loop pet Pac maintain it very well. There are plenty of benches, a large paved area for running and a gravel area that makes picking up after your pet easy.

This park sports fresh water fountains for your pet and even waste bags. While it doesn’t have a small pet area, a lot of people come here for the friendly atmosphere.

As always, remember to keep a close eye on your pet and don’t bring an aggressive troublemaker into pet parks; part of being a good pet owner means taking care of your pet and not hazarding the health of other people’s pets! But so long as you have a friendly pet and do your part to keep the parks clean, these are fantastic places to bring your pet and let them play with other pets. Your pet will love you for it!