Chicago’s Dog Friendly Areas

If you think having a dog means missing out on the excitement of city living, I have to tell you that you couldn’t be more wrong. As far as major metropolises go, Chicago is an exceptionally dog-friendly city. You and your four-legged pal and can really live it large in The Chi.

The City of Chicago, itself, designates specific areas of parks and beaches that are meant for Fido and friends. Dogs entering off-leash areas designated by the City must have a special permit and tag but the application is extremely simple and quite cheap. It actually can be done at most local veterinary offices. Basically, with proof of your dog’s vaccinations, your signature and 5 bucks, you and Spot can hit the waves or run with wild abandon in the park. For a list of dog-friendly park district areas visit

Not only are there numerous off-leash park district areas for you and your dog to romp around in but Chicago has many restaurants and bars that hang a welcome sign for their four-legged customers. Restaurants with outdoor seating areas tend to be pet-friendly. Often they’ll even serve your dog a bowl of water (and maybe slip him a fry or two). Bars that don’t serve food may even allow your pup to come inside with you. A complete list of dog-friendly establishments can be found on Yelp or but a few are:

  • Bistrot Margot
  • Brownstone Tavern
  • Chicago Joe’s
  • Dunlay’s on Clark
  • Mahoney’s Pub & Grille
  • Uncommon Ground

For the shop-a-holic in us, Chicago is full of stores and boutiques that open their doors for customers with pets. Pet stores are an obvious place to go browsing. What better way to sell product than to invite in the audience the product is intended for? Pet stores aside, you can check out Anthropologie, Bloomingdales, Urban Outfitters and Uncle Dan’s all while exercising your best friend. And if you’re in the market for a new vehicle or in the midst of a do-it-yourself project, both Harley Davidson and Home Depot have open door policies for pups.


Found Chicago, NFP is a 501(c)3 no-kill, all-breed rescue that serves to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home the most medically and behaviorally challenged dogs that would otherwise be euthanized. Found Chicago Boarding & Training Center is a subsidiary of Found Chicago, NFP that provides services to the public to give dog owners the knowledge they need to better handle their dogs and improve the quality of the dog-human relationship. All proceeds from services offered through Found Chicago Boarding and Training Center wholly benefit the dogs we rescue, rehabilitate and re-home.

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