Dog Friendly Chicago Restaurants – Dine With Your Pooch

Waiting dog at the bar

Going out to dinner is always better when your best friend is with you. Whether it is a family dinner to bond or casual friends dinner to catch-up, it is not complete without your furry companion laying at your feet. No more must they remain at home–these dog friendly Chicago restaurants are more than happy to accommodate your companions. (That means outdoor seating.)

Dog Friendly Chicago Restaurants:

Hub 51 – $$ American

Hub 51 provides an all around dining experience that caters to everyone–from people seeking bar-style food, to fine cuisine. Their menu consists of the standards, such as sandwiches, burgers, tacos, sushi, and nachos. They go over the top with their filet mignon steak tacos and the charred sake salmon. The ahi tuna burger is a must if you enjoy fish, while their pulled chicken nachos are enough to feed a small army–but could satisfy a king.

Near North Side
51 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 828-0051

Rockwell’s Neighborhood Grill – $$ American/Southwestern

Rockwell’s aims to be the premiere venue in Lincoln Square–they do a very good job at convincing me not to think otherwise. By day, they cater toward the family crowd. By night, it is the perfect venue to meet up with friends to take down some specialty beers [which are rotational]. Their food is quality here. Their burgers are ridiculous, cheese fries evoke more satisfaction than guilt, and their blackened fish tacos are highly recommended.

Lincoln Square, Ravenswood
4632 N Rockwell St
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 509-1871

Adobo Grill – $$ Mexican

Adobo Grill takes Mexican cuisine to a gourmet level. Their specialty, as you will realize as soon as you step inside, is their guacamole that is made tableside. They create it to your liking, using the freshest ingredients possible. You do not even need to be a fan of guac to want to dive into theirs–it will change your mind. Basically any dish that you order has immense potential to surpass your expectations. Their mojitos and sangria are the perfect ways to compliment dinner and conversation.

Lincoln Park
1610 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 266-7999

Lula Cafe – $$ American

Dog Friendly Chicago Restaurants Lula Cafe Strada

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Lula Cafe has humble beginnings as a coffee shop, but has since transformed into a fine dining experience–at a very reasonable price. They serve food all day with varying menus. Their food selection is limited, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. I am pretty confident that at least one menu item will really jump out to anyone browsing the menu. Having limited options allows the chefs to really dial in the recipes to assure quality and consistency. Goat cheese is used pretty consistently, which does not disappoint me at all. The beet bruschetta always seems to be a hit.

Logan Square
2537 N Kedzie Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 489-9554

Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House – $$$ Seafood

Hugo’s brings some of the highest quality seafood dishes to the heart of downtown Chicago. This classy establishment will surpass expectations time and time again–it does have the same owners as Gibson’s Steakhouse after all. Their crab legs and escargot are almost essentials. Fear not, they do have non-seafood options–such as chicken and steak dishes–to assure that everyone in your party can find satisfaction at Hugo’s.

Near North Side
1024 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 640-0999

Dryhop Brewers – $$ American/Brewery

Not much is more satisfying to me than delicious food and even better beer–especially when you can get the drinks directly from the source. I highly recommend getting a flight, and then continuing on with pints of your favorites. They have the standard bar food selections–as well as options that you would expect to see in fine dining venues–it all immensely surpasses bar food quality. Their menus change frequently, which is refreshing. They also serve  brunch, lunch/dinner. and late night to satisfy the masses. The menus cater to each timeframe as well. Do not skip out on DryHop Brewers–or their poutine.

Lakeview
3155 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 857-3155

90 Miles Cuban Cafe – $$ Cuban

90 Miles Cuban Cafe does not only set itself apart by serving Cuban cuisine and being dog friendly–they are BYOB with no corkage fee! The owners of this establishment are native to Cuba, which means that they have been fully engulfed in Cuban cuisine all of their life–it shows in their dishes. Their empanadas and ropa vieja are highly recommended, but do not be afraid to explore outside of my recommendations–you will be happy that you did. Step into a Cuban oasis and immerse yourself in a night of traditional Cuban dining.

Logan Square                             Roscoe Village
2540 W Armitage Ave              3101 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60647                    Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 227-2822                          (773) 248-2822

Bad Dog Tavern – $$ American

Bad Dog Tavern is a traditional style pub, with the cozy feeling and all, that enjoys their sports. Games are regularly shown across their many screens. For a good burger and great beer, they covered it. Their beer menu boasts seventy-five craft beers from across America and Belgium. That alone is enough to keep you coming back until you have tried them all.

Lincoln Square, Ravenswood
4535 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 334-4040

Dunlays on Clark – $$ American

Dunlays on Clark is a Lincoln Park gem. The atmosphere is very welcoming and relaxing. They serve food from brunch to dinner, with varying menus. They offer a very nice selection–from pizzas and burgers, to tacos and salads. Their brunch menu boasts many fantastic breakfast options to settle that craving. Although, ordering appetizers and pitchers of sangria are always a good option as well. Be sure to snag a skillet cookie for dessert-your sweet tooth will thank you.

Lincoln Park
2600 N Clark
St Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 883-6000

Basil Leaf Cafe – $$ Italian

Basil Leaf Cafe hits the spot every time when looking for a quality Italian dining experience. They offer many gluten-free options, which are made to order. They cover all of the staples needed to satisfy; as well as plenty of vegetarian options. Their cream sauce is superb, and their butternut squash soup is some of the best soup out there. It is a classy, yet laid-back atmosphere that feels very refreshing. Look no further for dog friendly Chicago restaurants that can transport your tastebuds to Italy.

Lincoln Park
2465 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 348-7243

For even more dining ideas–BringFido has a comprehensive list of over 150 dog friendly Chicago restaurants.

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Ross Perkins

Ross Perkins is the Executive Editor & a connoisseur of all things enjoyable– at least in his mind. He is an avid traveler in the name of inspiring sights, music, food & cars. He is a published photographer & writer that is looking for any reason to get out and explore his surroundings.

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