Going out on the town doesn’t necessarily mean you have to leave your beloved Fido at home. There are several dog-friendly places in Chicago where you and your pet can socialize together.
One of the most popular is Wiggly Field at 2645 North Sheffield. Wiggly Field has a double-gated fenced area where you call allow your dog to run off-leash that includes an 18-inch high water fountain and even a fake mailbox. Two other off-leash areas in Chicago are Wicker Park at 1425 N. Damen and Hamlin Park at 3035 N. Hoyne.
If you’re more of a beach bum looking for some fun in the sand with your four-legged companion, don’t despair. The Montrose Dog Beach, located at the northwestern end of Montrose Beach, has a dog-friendly area that allows dogs to play in the sand, cool off in the shallows, and paddle in the waves. The Belmont Harbor Dog Beach, located at Belmont Harbor Lincoln Park, has been an unofficial dog park since the 1980s. Surrounded by fence and water, it is the perfect place to let your dog frolic in the waves.
For a list of more dog-friendly parks you can call the Chicago Park District at 312-742-PLAY or go to www.dogfocused.com
After playing in the park, you and your dog will probably get a little hungry. Don’t worry, you won’t have to go home: a number of Chicago restaurants have dog-friendly terraces and patios.
For example, Brasserie Jo, located at 59 West Hubbard Street, will serve your canine a free plate of steak tartare and a bowl of water to wash it down with why you dine on their exquisite French cuisine. If you’re in the mood for Italian, try Cucina Bella Trattoria located at 1612 North Sedgwick Street. While you’re trying dining on spinach lasagna, your dog will be enjoying his own complementary bowl of pasta.
Close to Wicker Park is the Gallery Café at 1760 West North Avenue, which offers everything from fruit smoothies to toasted sandwiches. Other restaurants that are reported to have dog friendly areas are Pauline’s at 1754 West Balmoral Avenue, Uncommon Ground at 1215 West Grace, and Joey’s Brickhouse at 1258 West Balmoral Avenue.
Remember to bring plenty of water for both you and him when taking your dog out in the summer. Be sure to bring the proper equipment to clean up after your dog. Failure to do so can result in a five hundred dollar fine. Also, make sure your dog is fully immunized, de-wormed, licensed, and wearing ID tags. Female dogs in heat and puppies under four-months-old are prohibited in most areas.