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Dog Friendly Beaches in Chicago, IL

There are 2 dog friendly beaches in Chicago. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Chicago, IL, or call 877-411-FIDO to speak with one of our pet travel experts!

Montrose Dog Beach

The Montrose Dog Beach is Chicago's first legal off-leash beach. Located on the Northwest corner of Montrose Beach, this area is fenced and offers free dog waste bags and a dog-wash area. Montrose Dog Beach is open during all regular Chicago Park District hours, but morning hours are the most popular. Montrose Dog Beach is free, but DFA tags are required for all dogs, and those cost $5.

Belmont Harbor Beach

Belmont Harbor has a small fenced beach for dogs. You can bring Fido with you to enjoy the sand and have a paddle. This pet-friendly area is popular among visitors to the area who want to enjoy a beach with their dog.

Evanston Dog Beach (Members Only)

The Winnetka Park District operates an off-leash dog beach at Centennial Park. Anyone wishing to bring his/her dog to the dog beach must have a valid pass. Passes may be purchased at the Administrative Offices, 540 Hibbard Rd. Pet owners rave about this off-leash dog beach, which is fenced with a hose for washing off your pet. See website for rules and dog pass registration application.
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