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St. Charles: This Time in Illinois

In St. Charles, Illinois, a pet friendly spirit is in the air! During our recent visit, GoPetFriendly got the red carpet treatment from Jenny O’Brien and Molly of the St. Charles Illinois Convention & Visitors Bureau. By the way, Molly is a Yorkipoo and the city’s pet travel specialist. Jenny and Molly were both eager to show us St. Charles’ pet friendly amenities, and we were not disappointed.

We started off our tour with a visit to the West Side Community Dog Park (corner of Campton Hills and Peck Roads). The 3/4 acre fenced park has agility equipment, separate play areas for small and large dogs, and its own fresh water supply. Not to be outdone, the East Side Sports Complex (2N300 Kirk Road) is located on the other side of town. This slightly larger fenced in dog park has a play area for small dogs and access to a pond. Woof-tastic! Both parks are open from 9 am to dusk, weather permitting.

Next, we headed over to the pet friendly Geneva Commons outdoor shopping center. Here we are having lattes in the sun. Will I ever get in a photo shoot?

St. Charles, IL

L to R: Jenny, Molly, Ty, Amy & Buster

We then sauntered across the way to Wet Nose, a self-described “designer pawtique for the health and well being of our 4-legged friends.” If they don’t have it, you don’t need it.

St. Charles, IL

This store was decorated to the K-nines!

Later, we stopped by Pottawatomie Park along the Fox River. Within walking distance of Main Street, this 92 acre site has plenty of places to play with your pooch. And note to self – the daily paddlewheel riverboat cruises (operating from May to mid-October) are pet friendly. However, dogs playing poker is generally frowned upon.

St. Charles, IL

View from the foot bridge crossing the river.

Our day ended with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Lincoln Park. The festivities started at 5 pm, a “work hour” in my former life, and so I was wonderfully surprised by the large number of families that showed up – a testament to the community’s neighborliness and civic pride.

St. Charles, IL


We could tell you so much more about the pet friendly places to go and things to do in St. Charles … but Molly’s already done that!  You can bone up on the hotels, restaurants, events and activities, groomers, and boarding facilities that are all nicely organized on her web site. So far, we haven’t seen any cities of St. Charles size put together this kind of information to welcome travelers with pets. Kudos to Molly and the Visitors Bureau!

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  • Ngross1 says:

    travelling to the fox valley we found gone to the dogs daycare and overnight with owner nancy riley gross and it was a wonderfull home away from home for us and our dogs!

  • amber bri taggan says:

    the lights are so cool

  • Dusty says:

    I'm glad to hear about the pet friendly atmosphere. My husband and I are considering a move to St. Charles, Il (or surrounding area Batavia or Geneva) but we recently inherited a dog (former owner had a stroke so she is no longer capable of caring for him) so I was concerned how it would be with a dog in house. We currently live in Netherland where they don't have a pooper scooper law (wish they did, too many pairs of shoes have been ruined by constantly washing them off) but they do have special dog run areas. There's a park not far from us that has a great big dog run that is fenced in so the dogs can run freely without any worry of them running into the street. There's also a pond for the dogs to jump and play in. Needless to say, with such a big move I've been concerned about how it will affect the dog and was really concerned he wouldn't have any place to go to socialize or play with other dogs. He loves to play, he loves being petted, he's a cute dog. Thanks for the great info. It helps put my mind at ease that the move will also be good for the dog too.

    • Dusty – THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE KIND WORDS! Your last two sentences are exactly why we started GoPetFriendly. After all, it's all about the pets!

      PS – Very nice of you to take in the dog to begin with. I am imagining you have a very kind soul :)

  • Rebecca says:

    hahahahahah….you mean that fabulous shot of Brotherly Love I got?

  • Rebecca says:

    Looks like you had a great time! I would go there just to see Wet Nose :)

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