4 Wintertime Activities for You and Your Dog in Chicago

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4 Wintertime Activities for You and Your Dog in Chicago

Get Moving at Jackson Bark

Most dog parks in the city are fairly barebones–a few trees and maybe some shallow kiddie pools for the summer months. Jackson Bark on the South Side is something entirely different. This large community dog park features obstacles for dogs to climb on, crawl under, and leap over. The park’s equipment, made largely from recycled material, offers a change of pace for both dog and owner. Plus, Jackson Bark is entirely fenced in, so you can let your dog off-leash with no worries. Just remember your dog park etiquette to make sure the experience is fun and safe for everyone.


Take a Forest Preserve Hike

While Chicago has plenty of park space, many residents are surprised to learn that the city also has acres of forest preserve space within its boundaries. If you want to stretch your legs (and your dogs’), take a winter hike in one of the city’s wooded areas. LaBagh Woods, located off of the city’s North Branch Trail, has more than 30 miles of trails to explore. You and your dog can also walk a piece of the Des Plains Trail System through the city’s Catherine Chevalier Woods. You’ll like find the trails fairly open and quiet during the winter months–the cold chases away many would-be walkers.


Go for a Swim

Getting outdoors in winter isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Some dogs hate it even more than their owners. For some indoor exercise, try Doggy Paddle, an indoor aquatic center exclusively for dogs. The pools are heated and supervised by trained instructors. You can sign your dog up for lessons or opt for group swim time. While you cannot get in the water with your dog, you can watch the fun (and take pictures!) from the side of the pool.


Visit a Brewery

After all of that exercise, dog owners deserve a treat too. Enjoy a beer at The Hopewell Brewing Co. in Logan Square. You can sit with your dog in the taproom, according to Time Out Chicago. The brewery does small-batch beers that rotate with the seasons. If you love craft beer and your dog, Hopewell is a welcome place to relax this winter. Whether you have a dog at home or you’re missing the companionship of a pet, volunteering at a local shelter is a great way to spend some time this winter. PAWS Chicago, The Anti-Cruelty Society, and Chicago Canine Rescue all have volunteer opportunities.


Written by Carrie Pallardy

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