For many people, traveling to Illinois means visiting Chicago with its world-class museums, stunning architecture, and top-notch restaurants. Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, the city boasts miles of ocean-like beachfront and lush parks just steps from downtown. But what surprises most visitors is how much more Illinois has to offer! Beyond the city limits, you'll find true Americana. The Mississippi River defines the state's entire western border and provides a variety of outdoor activities. Charming river towns, steamboats, sprawling vineyards, and quaint bed and breakfasts are just a few discoveries that await you and your pet in Illinois.
Best Time To Visit
If at all possible, plan your pet friendly visit to Illinois during the fall. In September and October, daytime temperatures in the upper 70s are perfect, the skies are reliably blue, and the leaves of the hardwood trees show their brilliant colors. You won’t have to worry about snow until late November, and hotel rates are typically lower during fall, through winter, and during the sketchy spring season. Summer in Illinois is hot and muggy, but this is when most of the state’s festivals and fairs happen, and when most people visit the state.
Things Not To Miss
Explore Chicago's pet friendly Lakefront Trail, which runs for 18 miles along Lake Michigan connecting neighborhoods, parks, and attractions like Navy Pier, Buckingham Fountain, and Soldier Field.
Relax with a glass of wine and local music in beautiful surroundings on the Shawnee Wine Trail.
Get your kicks on Route 66! The road sign marking the beginning of the route is located at Michigan Avenue and East Adams Street in Chicago.
Visit the spectacular monument marking President Abraham Lincoln's tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield.
Admire the city skyline from the water on one of Chicago's pet friendly architectural boat tours.
Exprience the sweeping canyons and dazzling waterfalls at Starved Rock State Park in Oglesby.
Stroll Galena's charming downtown, known for its well-preserved 19th-century buildings, rich history, and rolling vineyards.
Take a pet friendly road trip on the Great River Road! Enjoy the simple pleasures as you follow the mighty Mississippi through quiet river towns and picturesque landscapes.