Top Off-Leash Dog Parks in Illinois

There are few things in life a dog loves more than running off-leash with his canine comrades. No matter where you live, or are headed in Illinois, we can help you find an off-leash dog park nearby. We’ll even give you the scoop on poop bag and water availability.

Whalon Lake Dog Park

The Forest Preserve District of Will County's 8-acre fenced Whalon Lake Dog Park provides an exercise area where dogs can run free. The Dog Park also features a smaller 2.5-acre park for dogs under 30 pounds. A shelter and benches provide comfort for the canines' human companions. A permit is required for use of the Dog Park. Other amenities at Whalon Lake include multi-purpose trails, picnic shelters, and access to an 80-acre lake for boating and fishing.

Green Valley Forest Preserve

There are actually 2 dog parks here. There is a large area for big dogs and a smaller separate area for small dogs. You have to have a permit to take your dog to these areas. There is water and a nice shaded bench.

Prairie Wolf Dog Park

This is a 44-acre, off-leash area that's fully fenced and includes a pond. There are always lots of dogs here to play with as well.

Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge Dog Park

Your pet is welcome to run and play off-leash during designated hours at this fenced dog park, which includes a large grassy area with a small stream.

Winnemac Park

Pets are welcome to play on-leash at this Chicago park packed with fun recreational facilities.

Challenger Playlot Dog Park at Gill Park

Dogs will love to run and play off-leash at this fenced dog-friendly area inside Challenger Playlot Park.

Grant Park Dog Park

Bring your pet to play off-leash in this 18,000 square-foot fenced dog park in Chicago's famous Grant Park. Permit required.

Wiggly Field

This public dog park boasts fencing, doggie water fountains, waste bags, and a double gate to prevent escapes. Wiggly Field is located within Noethling Playlot Park

Mayslake Forest Preserve Dog Park

This large, fenced off-leash dog park is renowned for its friendly community of pet-owners. Includes covered picnic tables, mulch ground cover, and portable restroom.

White Oak Park

This park includes a beautiful 1-mile paved trail around a lake where you're likely to spot all sorts of birds. Pets are welcome if leashed, though bring water.

Best Friends Dog Park Club

Best Friends Dog Park Club is open 365 days a year from 8am till dusk. All dogs must show proof of current vaccinations. There is a yearly cost of $49. This needs to be renewed each year, along with your pets vaccinations. You need a key to enter, which you get at time of payment.

SpringBrook Prairie Dog Park

Dogs with valid Forest Preserve District permits can enjoy Springbrook Prairie’s off-leash area at the 83rd Street trailhead. Owners must have their dogs’ permits in their possession when in the off-leash area. Applications for annual and daily permits are available through Visitor Services at (630) 933-7248 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Rules for the off-leash area are posted at the preserve. Dogs must be on leashes no greater than 10 feet in length in all other areas of the preserve, including the parking lots

Messenger Marsh Dog Park

The Forest Preserve District of Will County's 5-acre fenced Messenger Marsh Dog Park provides an exercise area where dogs can run free. The Dog Park also features a smaller 1-acre park for dogs under 30 pounds. A shelter and benches provide comfort for the canines' human companions. A permit is required for use of the Dog Park. Other amenities at Messenger Marsh include a picnic shelter and multi-use trails suitable for equestrians. Located on South Bell Road, about 0.25-mile South of 159th Street.

Bremen Grove Off Leash Area

Newly opened off leash area located in Tinley Park run by the Cook County Forest Preserve District. Fully fenced, double gated, with two separate areas.

Joe Glik Park

Frenced area for dogs. Walking trails. Clean bathrooms. Childrens area. NO membership required.

Chopin Dog Park

Walk with your leashed pet through this scenic park/

Bradley Dog Park

Pets will love to get their daily exercise at this fenced, off-leash, 5-acre dog park. The park includes water fountains and waste stations.

Canine Corners Dog Park at Searls Park

Canine Corners Dog Park at Searls Park is a membership-based dog park with four acres of space to play and large shade trees and benches. A water tap is adjacent to the shelter, and waste bags are provide.

Elliott Dog Park

This large, clean, off-leash dog park includes two separate fenced-in areas for pets to play.

Maxwell Dog Park

Bring your pet to play off-leash at this fenced dog park with separate small dog area, water fountains of all sizes, benches and trees. Proof of rabies vaccination required.

Ridge Park

Pets are welcome to romp and play off-leash at this Park Ridge dog park near the ice arena and batting cages.

O'Fallon Dog Park at Rock Springs Park

Bring your pet to play off-leash at this 1.5 acre, fenced O'Fallon dog park. It's a great place for them to get some exercise!

Jackson Bark

Jackson Bark is a dog park with an agility course located in Jackson Park, just south of the Museum of Science and Industry.

Robert C. Porter Family Park

Your pet will love to play off-leash at this fully fenced Champaign dog park, which includes a separate area for small dogs. Permit required.

Stuart Dog Park

This hiddem gem off-leash dog park is hidden in a quiet, out of the way location.

Wicker Park Dog Park

Pets are welcome to play off-leash at this busy dog park located within Wicker Park

Hammel Woods Dog Park

The Forest Preserve District of Will County's 7-acre fenced Hammel Woods Dog Park provides an exercise area where dogs can run free. A shelter and benches provide comfort for the canines' human companions. A permit is required for use of the Dog Park. Other amenities at Hammel Woods include multi-purpose trails, campsites, picnic shelters, and access to the DuPage River for canoeing/kayaking and fishing.

Lake Shore East/Park No. 546 Dog Park

Bring your pet to play off-leash at this shady, fenced, neighborhood dog park.

Hound Town Dog Park

Dogs may romp and play off-leash at this 3 acre Crystal Lake dog park. Out of town permits $60 per year.

Bo's Run

This fully fenced off-leash dog park includes water, agility equipment, benches, and a keypad entry. 2 acres of field for dogs to enjoy. 5 foot tall fences. Seperate area for big dogs and another for smaller dogs and pups. Memberships required, and are limited in number!

Spring Avenue Dog Park

This fenced, off-leash dog park is conveniently located in Glen Ellyn Park. A permit is needed for use.

Green Valley Forest Preserve Dog Park

Dogs are welcome off-leash in this large, beautifully landscaped dog park. Yearly membership fee of $75.

Bull Valley Dog Park

Newly opened in 2014! Come try it out! The Bull Valley Dog Park is a wonderful 7 acre off-leash dog park, completely fenced. Bring your own water for now. Special activities are planned throughout the year. Call for schedule. Permits are $65 for Bull Valley and Woodstock residents. Non-resident rate $130. Long term charter memberships available through March 2014.

Lake Shore Park

Leashed pets are welcome at this popular Chicago dog-walking spot.

Lakewood Dog Park

Dog owners drive from afar to enjoy this beautiful forest preserve, which includes four fenced off-leash areas with swimming, grassy areas, paths, and more. Permit required.

Lincoln Dog Park

Your pet will love to play off-leash at this Aurora fenced dog park with trees, drinking fountains and benches. Permit required.

Coliseum Dog Park

Bring your pet to play off-leash at this shady, fenced, neighborhood dog park.

Hamlin Dog Park

This gravel-covered, fenced, off-leash dog park is a favorite with locals. Registration required.

Community Bark West

The newly opened Community Bark West is a 6-acre off-leash park with electronic key entry, benches, shade, and a separate small dog area.

East Branch Forest Preserve Off Leash Dog Area

Pets will love to play off-leash in the designated area of this beautiful park, which even has a lake where pets can take a dip. Be careful as the area is not fenced. Permit required.

Friends of Murphysboro Dog Park

Friends of Murphysboro Dog Park is fenced and double-gated and features small and large dog areas, waste bags and disposal, drinking fountains, benches, shade, and a turf surface.

Batavia Bark Park

Batavia Bark Park features three acres of fully-fenced space for you pup to enjoy. Other features include a pavilion, shade trees, and a small beach area. This is a free dog park and no permit for use is needed.

Frankfort Bark Park at Commissioners Park

This is a members-only park, which means you must register. Enter the gated park, featuring a separate small dog area, with an access card.

Fido Fields

Fido Fields is a 2 acre, fenced, off-leash dog park located in Fairview Park. The park is designed to provide a recreational community space for dogs and their owners to exercise and socialize throughout the year. Fido Fields features an electronic, double-gated entrance with a separate area for small dogs and large dogs. Dog owners may gain access to Fido Fields and Nelson Park Dog Park by registering at the Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC) at 1295 West Wood Street. A registration form can be found on the Decatur Park District website. Please bring the completed form (filled out by veterinarian), along with proof of current registration, veterinarian certification of current rabies, Bordetella, distemper, and parvo vaccinations, and proof of spay/neuter. Registration is $37 for one dog and $15 for each additional dog per year.

Dog Park at White Oaks Park

Pets love the chance to play off-leash at this fenced dog park, which is fully fenced and includes some agility equipment.

Mt. Greenwood Park

Leashed pets are welcome to join you at this massive Chicago public park.

Maple Park Dog Park

Maple Park Dog is a dedicated off-leash site that covers approximately 12,000 square feet. The park features a crushed granite surface, benches, canine water fountain and an electronic entry system. The dog park is open daily to permitted users from sunrise to sunset.

Shepard Park Dog Park

The dog park at Shepard Park is an off-leash park with separate areas for small and large dogs. Shepard Park Dog Park is located at the north end of Shepard Park. Basketball courts, baseball diamonds, and a children's park are located nearby.

Phillips Park Dog Park

This 3-acre gated facility offers dogs a place to play with a separate "time out" area for excited pups to wind down.

Pooch Park

Local pooches rave about the fun at this fenced, off-leash dog park, which includes separate small dog area, agility equipment, water, and grass. Permit required.

Trantina Farm Dog Park

Located on the south side of 151st Street between Cedar and Gougar Roads. The park is a component of the Trantina Farm, which is the first parcel to be developed as part of Homer Township’s Open Space Program. Funding was made possible in part with an OSLAD Grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The Board and Trantina Farm Committee have established the posted rules and provided waste receptacles for park users. The southern portion of the Trantina Farm site is about 20 acres with the Dog Park comprising about 2 acres. The canine park is fenced and divided in two sections: one for smaller dogs less than 15" at the shoulder or 30 lbs. or less and the other for larger dogs. Parking, benches, a pavilion and a mowed, looped trail surrounding the Dog Park are available for horses, dogs and humans. The view from the trail offers wonderful vistas of the rolling terrain and wildlife. While the southern part of Trantina Farm site caters to our domestic friends, the northern approximate 30 acre portion is better suited for humans offering a playground, picnic area, limestone trail, restroom, fire pit, interpretive center, gardens, native prairie restoration, wildlife viewing and historical buildings.

Kristi B's Best Dog Retreat West Chicago

Kristi B's Best Dog Retreat has over 5 acres of beautiful secure outdoor play space in West Chicago, along with a climate controlled indoor play are, doggy day care, and boarding. Pick-up is available anytime, day or night.

River Park Dog Park

Pets go wild for the chance to play off-leash at this fenced dog park located near the swimming pool.

Happy Tails

Happy Tails has a big fenced in field and there is a small field for small dogs under 35 lbs. Next to the Metro. The dog park is available to Buffalo Grove Park District residents only. To get in there, pull into the metro parking lot and go all the way to the end, then walk a little ways and there is the dog park. There is free parking as well.

Duck Farm Dog Park

Pets will love to play off-leash at this fenced dog park with wetlands, fields, and drinking fountains. Permit required.

Lake in the Hills Dog Park

Bring your pet to play off-leash at this fenced dog park with shade and drinking water. Permits available through The Village.

Central Bark

This small, fenced off-leash dog park is often busy, thanks to a faithful crowd of regulars. Includes separate section for small dogs. Permit required.

Puptown at MargatePark

This much-loved off-leash area in Margate Park attracts a loyal local crowd.

Blackwell Dog Park & Training Field

Owners can get permits from the county to have their pets off-leash at this large park, which is securely fenced.

Eleanor Wallace Dog Park

Dogs are welcome to play off-leash in a designated fenced area of this park near 28th Street and 78th Avenue.

Keppler Park Dog Park

Bring your pet to play off-leash in the 2 acre fenced dog park at this West Chicago park, which also includes acres of walking trails.

Urbana Dog Park

Pets will love to play at this fenced, off-leash dog park with separate small dog area, rinse stations, drinking water, and benches. Registration required.

Swansea Dog Park

Your pet is welcome to play off-leash at this fenced-in dog park. For Swansea residents only.

Promontory Point

Leashed dogs are welcome in Promontory Park, which is located near S Lake Shore Drive and East 55th Street.

Forest Park Dog Park

Fenced in dog park with woodchips/mulch. Great group of dogs and dog owners. Only downfall is not enough shade in the summer time.

Oakwood Dog Park

This lovely off-leash dog park is fully fenced and includes a separate area for small pets and woods for shade. There are restrooms and a playground nearby.

Churchill Field Park

This off-leash dog park is fully fenced with street parking on Winchester. There's a water fountain, but the entire enclosure is concrete.

Stuart Sports Complex Dog Park

New, 15 acre dog park complete with separate small/large dog areas, wetland, and agility course. Park permit and current rabies vaccination required.

Berger Park

Bring your pet with you as you zen-out at this serene Chicago park with a playhouse, playground, and lake views. Leashed pets are welcome.

Walsh Playground Dog Park

Residents love the long, spacious, shady dog park at the north end of this Chicago city park, though the concrete pavement may be hard on extra-tender paws.

Fulton River Park/Park No. 551 Dog Park

Bring your pet to play off-leash at this shady, fenced, neighborhood dog park.

Veteran Acres Park

Bring your pet for a stroll through this lovely public park. Dogs are welcome as long as they remain on-leash.

Friends of Forever Dog Park

There's tons for your pet to do at this fenced, off-leash dog park, which includes agility course, separate small dog area, and a 6ft deep swimming pond with doggie diving dock.

Hightails Hideaway

A beautiful new dog daycare and overnight facility in West Chicago, IL with state-of-the-art amenities and wide-open indoor and outdoor secure spaces for dogs to romp and play. Supervised by experienced and trained professionals. Private overnight boarding rooms, no crates. Perfect for friendly social dogs and puppies. Safe and happy play time for your pups, stay and watch or get away and let your dog have some fun with friends!

Warren Park

Pets are welcome to join you at this Chicago public park as long as they remain on leash.

McBark Dog Park

4 acre open space for off leash fun. Must buy a year pass key card from City of McHenry.

Rover's Run Dog Park

Pets will love to play off-leash at this fenced dog park with shade structures and drinking water. Dog park tag from the county is required from this members-only based park.

Happy Tails Dog Park at Mineral Springs Park

Bring your pet to play off-leash at this fenced dog park with separate small dog area, shade trees, and drinking water. No benches so do bring a chair.

Portage Park

Leashed pets are welcome to join you as you relax at Chicago's beautiful Portage Park.

Jaycee Dog Park

Friendly dog park. There is a Children's playground, and in the winter there is open ice-skating outside. You will enjoy the Beautiful park

Nelson Park Dog Park

Nelson Park Dog Park is a 3-acre, fenced, off-leash dog park located in Nelson Park. The park is designed to provide a recreational community space for dogs and their owners to exercise and socialize throughout the year. The Nelson Park Dog Park features an electronic, double-gated entrance with a separate area for small dogs and large dogs. Dog owners may gain access to Nelson Park Dog Park and Fido Fields Dog Park by registering at the Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC) at 1295 West Wood Street. A registration form can be found on the Decatur Park District website. Please bring the completed form (filled out by veterinarian), along with proof of current registration, veterinarian certification of current rabies, Bordetella, distemper, and parvo vaccinations, and proof of spay/neuter. Registration is $35 for one dog and $15 for each additional dog per year.

Happy Tails Dog Park in Mineral Springs Park

This field is a designated dog training area. Dogs aren't required to be leashed, but the area is unfenced.

Patton Dog Park

This 1/2 acre fenced dog park is perfect for smaller pets. Waste bags are provided and access may be limited in winter.

Herrin Park Dog Park

Dog park inside Herrin's beautiful city park. Dog park is open as of August 2015, but still under construction. Fairly large, fenced area split between large and small dog areas. Plenty of shade and 3 fire hydrants to pee on make this a must-visit for all dog lovers!

Miller Meadow Off-Leash Dog Area Grand Opening

The Forest Preserves of Cook County currently operates Miller Meadow Off-Leash Dog Areas for visitors to let their dogs enjoy the preserves without a leash. Please note that these are the only locations within the Forest Preserves where off-leash dogs are allowed. Dog owners wishing to enter the Off-Leash Dog Areas must first purchase an annual membership. The annual membership includes one membership card and one key to enter any of the Forest Preserves’ Off-Leash Dog Areas. Annual memberships are valid from October 1 through September 30 of the following year.

Norwood Dog Park

Norwood Dog Park is a spacious off-leash area located within Norwood Park.

Baker Park

Pets are welcome on-leash at this large public park. In winter, the hills provide a great space for sledding.

Fred Anderson Dog Park

Architecturally structured dog park named for Chicago Jazz musician and owner of the Velvet Lounge, the Fred Anderson Dog Park is part of the Chicago Park District. Located in the South Loop, thete are separate areas for large or rambunctious dogs and small dogs; spouting fountains in summer; performance area.

Greenvalley Dog Park

This 2-acre off-leash dog park is open from dawn until dusk and offers on-site drinking water.

Fetch Dog Park

Fetch Dog Park is a fully fenced, off-leash dog park. The large dog section provides 4 acres for your dog to explore. On the small dog side, they'll enjoy socializing in the 1 acre area. If you'd like to take your dog for a stroll, there are two miles of trails in the large prairie behind the fenced area of the park. Dogs must remain leashed while outside of the dog park. First time guests are welcome, but please remember that all dogs should wear valid rabies tags. No female dogs in heat are allowed to enter the park. For more information on park rules, membership details, or special events, please click 'Visit Website'.

Washington Bark District Off-Leash Dog Park

Located on the west side of 90-acre Meadow Valley Park off Ernest Street, this park has separate areas for small and large dogs, is enclosed by fencing, and quickly accessible from the parking lot.

Katz Dog Park

Fenced, off-leash dog park with separate areas for small and large dogs. Drinking fountains, waste receptacles, and shaded benches are also available.

Hawk Hollow Preserve

Hawk Hollow Preserve offers 34 acres of off-leash area for dogs to enjoy along with a three-mile multipurpose trail connecting to trails in Mallard Lake and West Branch forest preserves. A permit is required for off-leash use. Dogs must be leashed in all other areas of the preserve. The area is open during regular preserve hours. It is closed on Tuesday mornings until 10:00 am for routine maintenance.

Jacksonville PetSafe Dog Park

BringFido to Jacksonville PetSafe Dog Park to enjoy some off-leash fun and socialization. The dog park's Phase 1 opened in 2016 and the dog park continues to make improvements. The park is open daily.