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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 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. DFA tags are required for all dogs. See Details
Pet Friendly North Marcum Beach
North Marcum Beach Leashed dogs are welcome at North Marcum Beach, a pet-friendly, boat-in public swimming area on Rend Lake in Whittington, IL. This sandy beach features a shower house and picnic spaces and is a very popular spot in the warm months. 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
Belmont Harbor Dog Friendly Area Belmont Harbor Dog Friendly Area is a small fenced beach for dogs in Chicago, IL. 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
Moraine Dog Beach and Park Moraine Dog Beach and Park in Highland Park, IL, is a seasonal dog beach where Fido can run and play in the water. To visit Moraine Dog Beach & Park you must register at Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, with proof of license and rabies vaccination. Be sure to check their website in advance for closures and alerts. See Details
Kosciuszko Dog Park Take Fido to run, play and make new friends at Kosciuszko Dog Park. This off-leash park is located inside Kosciuszko (Thadeuz) Park in Chicago, IL. The fenced area includes mature trees for shade and benches for the comfort of two-legged visitors. Please note that there is no grass in the dog park. See Details
Coles Creek Beach Beat the heat with your pup at Coles Creek Beach, a part of Carlyle Lake in Carlyle, IL. A designated portion of the beach is dog friendly as long as they're on a leash. You and Fido can play in the water, relax on the beach, or enjoy a picnic! There are two shelters, a restroom, drinking fountains, and campsites. See Details