Dog Friendly Beaches in Illinois

Dog friendly beaches are heaven on earth for Fido. And since sandy paws equal happy dogs, we’ve sniffed out the best beaches in Illinois where dogs can run, swim, and frolic in the sand. Use the links/map below to find a dog-friendly beach in Illinois.

Pet Friendly North Marcum Beach
North Marcum Beach North Marcum Recreation Area is a boat-in area where boats can dock. There is a sandy beach, shower house and picnic area. Pets are allowed here although be aware that there can be quite a lot of people on weekends or weekday afternoons in the summer. Alcohol is also allowed here so it can take on a bit of a party scene, but the beach is big enough that typically we can find a spot to play fetch with the dog. Great in the mornings and during the off- season. See Details
Pet Friendly Montrose Dog Beach
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 $10. See Details
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. See Details
Gillson Dog Beach Gillson Dog Beach is located at the south end of Gillson Park in Wilmette, IL. A permit is required that can be purchased at the administration office or community recreation center. Please visit their website to view the current schedule and full list of requirements. See Details
Moraine Dog Beach and Park To visit Moraine Dog Beach & Park you must register at Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, with proof of license and rabies vaccination.

*Typically, between April – November Moraine Beach is the site of the Park District’s seasonal dog Beach. The dog beach is currently closed due to the eroded path.
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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. See Details