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638 N Humphrey Ave
Oak ParkIllinois60302US
5.0183
55Beautiful backyard, my puppy loved cooling off in the sand after being able to fetch. Would recommend and return
55Great spot! Fun toys and lots to explore. Perfect mix of sunny spots and shade. My dog loved the sandbox!
55Great spot in a cute neighborhood! The yard had plenty of space for Benny to run around and play fetch, and amenities including water, toys, towels, and chairs were provided. Will definitely come back!
55Wonderful spot! My friend and I come here to let our dogs run around, dig in the sandbox and play fetch.
55Great place to burn some puppy energy for a couple hours
55We love coming!
55Great yard for running (zoomies) and the sand pit was fun. Lots to explore and Milo had a fun time just sniffing everything and wandering. Nice private place to sit. Secure yard. Easy parking and overall a great spot.
55My dogs loved it here! There was plenty of space for my dog to run and they especially loved the sandbox! Thank you so much!
55Always a favorite of ours
55We had the best time here!!! Coming from downtown, it's the perfect getaway for our nervous rescue. With plants & trees lining the privacy fences and ✨long✨ runway connecting the front and back areas, our boy was running, sniffing, and playing HARD for our entire visit. He doesn't quite understand agility training yet, but it's a great training environment. Nancy was a fantastic host and made sure we had everything we needed (and more). The scenery alone was worth the visit! Bizzy is absolutely exhausted and we can't wait to come back 👍
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Urban Retreat

Oak Park, Illinois
Fully Fenced
0.05 acres
5.0183 reviews
Top spot
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Hosted by Nancy G.

Fencing

Enclosure

Fully Fenced

Fencing height (at lowest point)

6+ ft

100% of guests said fencing at this spot was secure enough to contain their dogs

Gaps or holes in fence: No gaps

Fencing type(s): Wood - privacy

Fencing details: The entrance is a 6ft. plus secure wood gate.


Designed for private play
Only the people and dogs in your booking are allowed in the spot during your visit.

Distractions seen/heard from the spot

Other dogsSometimes

Other domestic animalsNo

Other peopleSometimes

Private entryYes


Amenities

Agility equipment

Dog drinking water

Chairs

Dog toys

Rain shelter / sun shade

Trash can


Pricing
$10 per dog per hour

50% off all dogs after the 1st dog

25% off hourly price for 30 min visit

Sniffpass holders get discounts on all bookings at all spots by buying monthly credits!
This spot offers additional discounts.

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Location

Oak Park, Illinois

Description

Our yard is a longer more narrow yard which allows the dogs a little more distance for their runs. There is landscape bordering the fence and a garden in the front of the yard next to a yoga studio. There are areas to explore and areas for both dog and owner to relax, and a secure dog run that can be used for training. There is some agility equipment, a small plastic pool, as well as a sandbox and a deck with a roof in the dog run to help keep the dogs cool on a hot day. Water(hose), dog bowl(s), toys and towel(s) to dry the dogs off will be provided.

Cleanliness

100% of guests said this spot was as clean as expected during their visit.

Host Rules

Minimum visit length
30 minutes
Required advanced notice for visits
2 hours
Max dogs per booking
4
Is the host present?
I generally do not meet my guests
Additional rules

I am happy to meet you if you prefer but I respect your privacy and am fine with communicating through email or text only.


Community safety rules
Dogs must be leashed when entering and exiting the spot.
Make sure the area is safe and secure before bringing your dog in.
Never enter a spot before your booking start time and never leave late.
Pick up after your dogs. Leave the spot as it was when you arrived.
Always review and abide by spot specific rules.
Unless otherwise stated, restrooms are not available on site.

Booking Policies

Booking Policies
Only one booking is allowed at a time at any spot and there is an enforced 30 min buffer between all bookings to ensure dogs in separate bookings do not meet.
This spot is set for Booking, which means you will be instantly confirmed for any booking you request. You will receive the address and access instruction immediately following booking.
Visits can be moved or cancelled up to 2 hours before a visit.
Visits can be extended and dogs can be added throughout the visit.

(183) Reviews

  • Nik C., Apr 14, 2024

    Beautiful backyard, my puppy loved cooling off in the sand after being able to fetch. Would recommend and return

  • Karen L., Mar 29, 2024

    Great spot! Fun toys and lots to explore. Perfect mix of sunny spots and shade. My dog loved the sandbox!

  • Nadia B., Mar 2, 2024

    Great spot in a cute neighborhood! The yard had plenty of space for Benny to run around and play fetch, and amenities including water, toys, towels, and chairs were provided. Will definitely come back!

  • Danielle M., Feb 11, 2024

    Wonderful spot! My friend and I come here to let our dogs run around, dig in the sandbox and play fetch.

  • Bert L., Feb 11, 2024

    Great place to burn some puppy energy for a couple hours

  • Amanda M., Feb 4, 2024

    We love coming!

  • Sarah P., Jan 7, 2024

    Great yard for running (zoomies) and the sand pit was fun. Lots to explore and Milo had a fun time just sniffing everything and wandering. Nice private place to sit. Secure yard. Easy parking and overall a great spot.

  • Suzanne O., Dec 29, 2023

    My dogs loved it here! There was plenty of space for my dog to run and they especially loved the sandbox! Thank you so much!

  • Bridget C., Nov 14, 2023

    Always a favorite of ours

  • Jessica C., Oct 7, 2023

    We had the best time here!!! Coming from downtown, it's the perfect getaway for our nervous rescue. With plants & trees lining the privacy fences and ✨long✨ runway connecting the front and back areas, our boy was running, sniffing, and playing HARD for our entire visit. He doesn't quite understand agility training yet, but it's a great training environment. Nancy was a fantastic host and made sure we had everything we needed (and more). The scenery alone was worth the visit! Bizzy is absolutely exhausted and we can't wait to come back 👍

Meet your host

Nancy G.

Joined in July 2019

I am a mother and a yoga studio owner and instructor. My husband and I have lived in this house for 14 years and in Oak Park for nearly 20.


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