Chicagoans go hard for fall. Halloween! Pumpkins! Plus, the changing leaves really bring out the colors in a mutt’s coat. Since we are all quite aware that the season-which-cannot-be-named is right around the corner, you and your fur baby should make a few more amazing memories while you can. Pack a couple sweaters, tell your pooch to wear that beautiful fur coat (saves room in the suitcase), and make a break for one of these awesome dog friendly getaways near Chicago:
Chicago is known for improv and the rule of “Yes, and.” But the Indiana Dunes is where you’ll be saying, “Yes, SAND!” Just 35 miles out of the city, you and your dune doggy will love exploring the park trails, lakeshore, and most beaches. There are lots of pet-friendly accomodations, stores, and restaurants around town. The arboretum and European market are also worth a sniff. Check out the official guide to Spot-friendly Indiana Dunes spots here.
Don’t go chasing waterfalls. Please stick to the Rovers and the licks that you’re used to. Just kidding–do chase the waterfalls (after heavy rains) at this gorgeous (and free) state park! Less than 100 miles outside Chicago, Starved Rock boasts 18 canyons, picturesque sandstone bluffs, fun local wineries and breweries with dog-friendly patios, and a rich cultural history. Fall is also paws down the best for high-tailing it to the trails for drool-worthy views.
From locally owned shops to accommodations to the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, there are so many pet-friendly things to do in northern Indiana’s Amish Country. Try the Shipshewana Trading Place, where leashed pups are welcome to peruse the midwest’s largest flea market by your side. Just a warning: after a weekend learning about the Amish way of life, you may find it hard to scoot back to the hustle and bustle of the city.
Wisconsin is the perfect place to take lots of “cheesy” vacay photos with your dog! Most restaurants allow dogs on their patios, and many adorable bed and breakfasts welcome them as well. This resort town pampers pups as much as humans so the two of you can relax and rejuvenate together. Want to take advantage of the lake? There’s a dog-friendly paddleboard from Clear Water Outdoor for that.
What else is on your dog-friendly getaway list this fall? Do tell!
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