There is no denying that Chicago is an almost continuous expansion of concrete. While you may have the ability of venturing wherever you please, your furry companion is much more limited. Rather than just taking them to visit the patch of astroturf a couple blocks away, introduce them to a different side of Chicago– a dog friendly Chicago.
Dog Friendly Chicago Restaurants & Bars
Kibbles and Bits I’m sure is good and all, but how would you like to eat the same thing everyday– in the exact same spot? When spring hits Chicago, patios begin to open. This also means that many restaurants will be welcoming back dogs with open paws.
Here are some of our favorite Dog Friendly Restaurants in Chicago.
There is a new option for socializing with your pup. SIT pet services is raising the bar by expanding to create SIT Social.
“SIT Social hosts pet friendly events in Chicago. Join us for a fun night where pets, people, and play align. All Events are BYOB.”
That’s right; this a place that makes sure that your dog will have as much fun as you do. They will be having regular events– like a monthly singles night where you and your dog can line up a double date; as well as, a night weekly where you have the opportunity to paint your best furry friend. You can find out more on their website, as well as the care services that they offer.
3920 North Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613
Dog Friendly Chicago Tours
Whether you have seen Chicago from all of the angles or not, taking your dog out to see the sights is a great reason to re-experience. While most tours in Chicago revolve around eating and drinking, there are a couple ways to see it from the water that are dog friendly.
For a more hands on approach, it’s hard to beat taking on the water around the city from a kayak. No worries if you’ve never kayaked before. Kayak Chicago is located on Montrose Beach and they will give you all of the proper instructions needed to paddle around efficiently. Before you visit, get your pup a doggie lifejacket and they’ll be able to join you. The kayaks are very stable and will be comfortable for most sizes of dogs to stand and sit.
4400 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60622
If you prefer to lay back and relax while taking in the sights and some knowledge of the cityscape, Shoreline Sightseeing may be perfect for you. Leashed dogs are allowed on their classic lake cruises and architecture cruises– sorry, no fireworks or special event cruises. The Lake Michigan cruise will give you a phenomenal view of the Chicago skyline, as well as highlighting historic attractions and sights along the shoreline.
The Chicago Architecture Cruise will take you up the Chicago River and highlight the city’s most iconic buildings.
600 E Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
Chicago Dog Parks & Dog Beaches
If your dog has a mass amount of energy, the Chicago dog parks that allow pups to be off-leash are perfect. However, the on-leash Chicago dog parks are also a welcome option when it comes to getting your dog more exercise than just a stroll around the corner.
Some of these parks are covered with lush grass, doggy playgrounds, water fountains and more– while others are simple pads of grass, concrete or gravel. While the fully decked out parks are preferred, I’m sure your dog will be appreciate whichever dog park is most convenient for you to frequent.
Be sure to follow all park rules and clean up after your dog.
Off-Leash Dog Parks in Chicago
|Challenger Playlot Dog Park at Gill Park||1100 W Irving Park Rd|
|Churchill Field Park||1825 S Damen Ave|
|Coliseum Dog Park||1466 S Wabash Ave|
|Fred Anderson Dog Park||1615 S Wabash Ave|
|Fulton River Park/Park No. 551 Dog Park||353 N DesPlaines St|
|Grant Park Dog Park||500 S Columbus Dr|
|Hamlin Dog Park||3035 N Hoyne Ave|
|Jackson Bark||5800 S Lake Shore Dr|
|Lake Shore East/Park No. 546 Dog Park||450 E Benton Pl|
|Norwood Dog Park||5801 N Natoma Ave|
|Puptown at MargatePark||4921 N Marine Dr|
|River Park Dog Park||5100 N Francisco Ave|
|Wicker Park Dog Park||1425 N Damen Ave|
|Wiggly Field||2645 N Sheffield Ave|
On-Leash Dog Parks in Chicago
|Berger Park||6205 N Sheridan Rd|
|Chopin Dog Park||3420 N Long Ave|
|Lake Shore Park||808 N Lake Shore Dr|
|Mt. Greenwood Park||3721 W 111th St|
|Portage Park||4100 N Long Ave|
|Promontory Point||5491 S South Shore Dr|
|Walsh Playground Dog Park||1722 N Ashland Ave|
|Warren Park||6601 N Wern Ave|
|Winnemac Park||5100 N Damen Ave|
Dog Beaches in Chicago
|Montrose Dog Beach||4400 N. Lake Shore Dr.|
|Belmont Harbor Dog Beach||Belmont & Lake Shore Drive|
There are a surprising amount of dog friendly Chicago establishments to visit when you want to take you dog out on a date. While many of the options involve eating and drinking– I’m sure your pup won’t mind visiting some of the best socializing spot in the city.
If you don’t mind getting out of the city for a weekend jaunt, you can find information on Cook County camping spots, as well the best Illinois State Parks here.
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