Dog Friendly Activities in Chicago, IL

There are 86 dog friendly activities 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.

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 $5. See Details
Pet Friendly Gangsters and Ghosts Tours
Gangsters and Ghosts Tours 'Gangsters and Ghosts Tours' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Stevie. You and Fido will venture out on a historically-based walking tour of Chicago's Loop Vice District, highlighting the gangsters, their crimes and deals, and ghost stories of the area's past. The experience lasts 2 hours and can accommodate up to 20 guests of all ages. Rates start at $27 per person. See Details
Mercury's Canine Cruise *** Call ahead to find out about any temporary restrictions due to COVID-19. *** Dogs on boats? Yes! Bring your pooch on a leash and enjoy quality time with your dog while cruising on Chicago's waterways. Sit back, relax and soak in the city as you enjoy a lively narration of Chicago’s rich history and architectural marvels with dog-friendly highlights. Keep your dog on your lap, in a seat or on the deck. The dog cruise boat offers plenty of safe outdoor seating, water bowls and a special newspaper-lined restroom for your pet. Enjoy a great day out of doors with your favorite companion. Reserve your tickets online or at the ticket office, open daily at 8:30am. Tickets available online or dockside day-of. Adults: $37; Kids 5-15: $16; Kids under 5 are free; Dogs: $8; Groups of 20 or more, call (312) 332-1368.​ See Details
Nordstrom Nordstrom welcomes dogs of any size inside. 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
Winnemac Park Pets are welcome to play on-leash at this Chicago park packed with fun recreational facilities. See Details
Valley Line Trail (Skokie Line Trail) The Valley Line Trail (Skokie Line Trail) is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Chicago! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Valley Line Trail (Skokie Line Trail). Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
The Chi-Town Showdown Scavenger Hunt 'The Chi-Town Showdown Scavenger Hunt' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Kat & Alan. Discover Chicago on a scavenger hunt with your pooch. First, receive instructions and warm up for the event. Then, depart with your dog on a tour of the sights and sounds of Chi-town. Take part in fun activities and complete clues along the way. The experience lasts 2 hours and can accommodate up to 30 guests of all ages. Rates start at $22 per person. See Details
Challenger Playlot Dog Park at Gill Park Dogs will love to run and play off-leash at this fenced dog-friendly area inside Challenger Playlot Park. See Details
Grant Park Dog Park Bring your pet to play off-leash in this 18,000 square-foot fenced dog park in Chicago's famous Grant Park. You will need to get yourself a permit to use the park and have the required vaccinations to do this. See Details
Wiggly Field This public dog park boasts a fenced-in area, doggie water fountains, waste bags, and a double gate to prevent escapes. Wiggly Field is located within Noethling Playlot Park, so there's plenty of places to explore nearby too. See Details
Jackson Bark Jackson Bark is a dog park with an agility course located in Jackson Park, just south of the Museum of Science and Industry. See Details
Seadog Cruises Chicago You and your pooch can see the Windy City from the water aboard a Seadog Cruises speedboat. Departing from Navy Pier, Seadog Cruises offers a variety of tours to choose from. The popular Lakefront Speedboat Tour is a fast-paced, 30-minute adventure highlighting some of Chicago's top spots. If you want a more leisurely tour, head out on the 75-minute River and Lake Architecture Tour, which extends your adventure through the Chicago River Locks. As an added bonus, humans traveling with their pups receive a discount on regularly-priced tickets! See Details
Navy Pier Navy Pier is often referred to as Chicago's lakefront playground. Dogs are welcome at the outdoor common areas of Navy Pier. Some merchants and tours providers along Navy Pier permit dogs to join their humans. There are also pet friendly restaurants along Navy Pier. See Details
Kayak Chicago Come paddle with your best friend on a kayak at Montrose beach. We will start you out with an orientation, teaching paddle strokes, safety and rules of the water. Bring a doggie life jacket and you can enjoy the water together. The kayaks are very stable sit-on-tops, so your dog can sit or stand on the boat. See Details
Podcast Producing with a Pioneer 'Podcast Producing with a Pioneer' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Jaime. Fido is welcome to join you as you learn the basics of starting your own podcast from preparation to publishing. Your host will also explain a variety of hard/software and applications, and give you hands-on experience at producing a podcast during this session. The experience lasts 3 hours and can accommodate up to 4 guests ages 18 and up. Recommended for college students and older, interested in podcasting. No prior podcasting experience is necessary. Beginners welcome! Rates start at $150 per person. See Details
Shoreline Sightseeing Bring Fido aboard one of the Shoreline Cruises boats for a trip on Lake Michigan or the Chicago River. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome on classic lake cruises and architecture cruises. The classic lake cruise will highlight historic lakefront sights and attractions along Lake Michigan. The architecture cruise will take you down the Chicago River to see buildings such as Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building, Trump Tower, Marina City, and more. Dogs are not permitted on special event cruises or on fireworks cruises. Shoreline Cruises depart from multiple locations depending on cruise and time. Call or visit website for exact departure location. See Details
Chicago Lakefront Bike Path The Chicago Lakefront Bike Path is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Chicago! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Chicago Lakefront Bike Path. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Chopin Dog Park Walk with your leashed pet through this scenic park/ See Details
Wicker Park Dog Park Pets are welcome to play off-leash at this busy dog park located within Wicker Park. There's plenty to do in this fenced-in area, where dogs can socialize and meet other like-minded hounds. Make sure you clean up any mess that your pooch leaves behind. Wicker Park is open every day of the week from 6am to 11pm. See Details
Mt. Greenwood Park Leashed pets are welcome to join you at this massive Chicago public park. See Details
Burnham Greenway The Burnham Greenway is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Chicago! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Burnham Greenway. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Lake Shore Park Leashed pets are welcome at this popular Chicago dog-walking spot. Located in the Near North community also called Streeterville, Lake Shore Park totals 7.08 acres and offers extensive outdoor recreational opportunities for dogs and their owners. You can extend your walk together by exploring the area with your pooch on a leash. Lake Shore Park is open every day of the week from 6am to 11pm. See Details
Coliseum Dog Park Bring your pet to play off-leash at this shady, fenced, neighborhood dog park. See Details