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.

SIT Social
3920 North Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 299-8748


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.

Kayak Chicago

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.

Kayak Chicago
4400 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 852-9258

Shoreline Sightseeing

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.

Shoreline Sightseeing
600 E Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
Navy Pier
(312) 222-9328


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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