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 where you’re 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.

Pet Friendly Jackson Bark
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. See Details
Pet Friendly Messenger Marsh Dog Park
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 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. See Details
James O. Breen Community Dog Park James O. Breen Community Dog Park is a large 2.5 acre pet-friendly open space for your dog to enjoy when visiting St. Charles, IL. Allow Fido to get plenty of off-leash exercise and social play in a secure, safe and fully enclosed area. Open from 9am until dusk, the dog park has a water fountain, double-gated security entrance, dog-friendly equipment and activity stations, and an area specifically for small dogs. A parking area is close by and the park has covered seating for owners to sit and relax while Fido is at play. See Details
Wag 'N Paddle Wag 'N Paddle is an indoor climate-controlled park and heated swimming pool designed for dogs in Naperville, IL. This pet-friendly park is perfect for pooches who love to paddle and play. The 9,000-square-feet park is monitored by staff to make sure dogs and their owners are on their best behavior. In addition to providing a pool and park to play in, they also offer a number of swimming classes in the pool for senior dogs and training sessions with qualified dog trainers for all levels of pooch in the park too. Fido can gain unlimited access to the indoor dog park for a membership fee starting at $70 a month, and for for an extra fee can enjoy private swimming sessions. There are a number of other pricing options available on their website for regular and one-time users. See Details
Fulton River Park/Park No. 551 Dog Park Park No. 551, commonly known as Fulton River Park, is a 1.19-acre green space in Chicago, IL. Bring your pet to play off-leash at this shady, fenced, neighborhood dog park. See Details
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. See Details
Happy Tails Happy Tails in Buffalo Grove is open to residents only. It has a large, fenced-in field and there is a small field for small dogs under 35 lbs. The park is located at the south end of the parking lot at the Sidney Mathias Metra Train Station. The dog park is closed every Monday from 12pm until 3pm for maintenance. See Details
Love's Travel Stop Love's Travel Stop in Marion, IL, is a dog-friendly gas station and rest area. Across America, you'll find Love's Travel Stops that offer facilities for traveling canines. This location has a fully-fenced dog park with a convenient waste station. See Details
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. See Details
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. See Details
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. See Details
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. See Details
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. See Details
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! See Details
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. See Details
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. See Details
Duck Farm Dog Park Pets will love to play off-leash at this fenced dog park with wetlands, fields, and drinking fountains. Permit required. See Details
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. See Details
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. See Details
Puptown at MargatePark This much-loved off-leash area in Margate Park attracts a loyal local crowd. You can bring Fido with you to enjoy the area and socialize with other pups who are enjoying the fenced-in section. Make sure you clean up any mess that your pooch leaves behind. See Details
Norwood Dog Park Norwood Dog Park is a spacious off-leash area located within Norwood Park. See Details
Happy Bark Dog Park Fido can become a member of Happy Bark Dog Park and romp among other neighborhood pets. The Park features three fenced-in spaces: one for small dogs, one for large dogs, and an obedience training area. Four-legged friends registered in the village can become members for $20, plus $5 for each additional dog. Nonresidents can become members for $150. These passes last for a year. Happy Bark Dog Park is open from 6am to 10pm, daily. See Details
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. See Details
Jacksonville PetSafe Bark Park Bring Fido to Jacksonville PetSafe Bark 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. See Details