Dog Friendly Activities in Illinois

Don’t leave Fido in the hotel room when you’re on vacation. Get out and play! No matter where you’re headed in Illinois, we can point you towards the nearest off-leash dog park, the most popular dog beach, a really great hiking trail, and lots of other places to play with Fido.

Pet Friendly Mercury's Canine Cruise
Mercury's Canine Cruise Mercury's Canine Cruise is a dog-friendly boat tour in Chicago IL. 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. Tours run seasonally so be sure to check their website for current schedule. See Details
Pet Friendly Seadog Cruises Chicago by Hornblower
Seadog Cruises Chicago by Hornblower You and your pooch can see the Windy City from the water aboard a Seadog Cruises Chicago by Hornblower speedboat. Departing from Navy Pier, Seadog Cruises offers a variety of dog-friendly event tours throughout the year. Check their website for a current schedule of SeaDog cruises. See Details
Shoreline Sightseeing Bring Fido aboard one of the dog-friendly 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
Allerton Park & Retreat Center Whether you are looking for a place to hold a dog-friendly special event, or just want spend an afternoon taking in nature's beauty, Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Monticello, IL, offers all of that and more. It has 1500 dog-friendly acres of meadows, woodlands, gardens, hiking trails, farmsteads, and amazing sculptures. And it can be used daily for hiking, picnicking, and bird-watching. There is also a 100+ year old Georgian mansion right on sight that hosts many weddings and other special events. Dogs are allowed, but must be on a leash (no more than 6') and under the owner's control at all times. Owners are also responsible for cleaning up after their pets. See Details
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
Shawnee National Forest The dog-friendly Shawnee National Forest covers more than 270,000 acres in parts of ten counties in southern Illinois. The National Forest Service and Illinois Department of Natural Resources maintain dozens of natural areas for recreational use and several wilderness areas. From the 90 foot Pomona Natural Bridge to the remains of a Mississippian Native American village at Millstone Bluff, there are hundreds of miles of hiking trails to choose from. Trails range in length from the 150+ mile River to River Trail that runs between Battery Rock on the Ohio River and Devil's Backbone on the Mississippi River, to the easy one-fourth mile Observation Trail at Garden of the Gods. Dogs must be leashed at all times. 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
Wag 'N Paddle Wag 'N Paddle is an indoor climate-controlled park and heated swimming pool designed for dogs in Naperville, IL. This pet-friendly park is perfect for pooches who love to paddle and play. The 9,000-square-feet park is monitored by staff to make sure dogs and their owners are on their best behavior. In addition to providing a pool and park to play in, they also offer a number of swimming classes in the pool for senior dogs and training sessions with qualified dog trainers for all levels of pooch in the park too. Fido can gain unlimited access to the indoor dog park for a membership fee starting at $70 a month, and for for an extra fee can enjoy private swimming sessions. There are a number of other pricing options available on their website for regular and one-time users. See Details
Yorktown Center Yorktown Center is a popular dog-friendly shopping center in Chicago’s Western Suburbs. Shoppers and their four-legged friends can enjoy a fun shopping and dining experience year-round. In addition to letting you shop with your best friend, restaurants located within Yorktown Center will also allow shoppers to dine alfresco with their pooches on their dog-friendly patios, and the Center will be unveiling new comfort stations throughout the mall that will contain bags, wipes and garbage cans for shoppers' convenience. Every third Thursday of the month, the public is invited to bring their pets to a special Yappy Hour event from 5-7pm. Activities will include puppuccinos, treats, nail clipping and micro chipping stations, agility courses and more. Yorktown Center is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 9pm and Sunday from 11am to 6pm. See Details
Chicago Riverwalk Chicago Riverwalk is dog-friendly. This pedestrian waterfront hike spans from Lake Shore Drive to Lake Street in downtown Chicago, encompassing restaurants, a public art gallery, and a museum right on the riverwalk. See Details
Lincoln Home National Historic Site Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, IL, is pet friendly. Bring Fido along to see preserves the home and surrounding area where Abraham Lincoln lived from 1844 to 1861. Take a walk with your leashed pooch around the four blocks surrounding his former home. Dogs are not allowed in the buildings, but are welcome in the Lincoln Neighborhood. See Details
Nordstrom Nordstrom welcomes dogs of any size inside. See Details
Batavia Bark Park Batavia Bark Park in Batavia, IL, is dog-friendly and features three acres of fully-fenced space for Fido to enjoy. Other features include a pavilion, shade trees, and a small beach area. This is a free dog park and no permit is required. See Details
Starved Rock State Park Starved Rock State Park is full of hiking trails that wind through canyons, amazing views, and waterfalls. Leashed dogs are welcome to hike through the park as well as 2 of the net by parks in the area. There's fishing, bbq, pavilions, and playgrounds. See Details
Naperville Riverwalk Naperville Riverwalk features 1.75 miles of brick paths, fountains, bridges, meeting and event places, outdoor sculpture and artwork, recreational facilities, and celebratory memorials. Leashed dogs are welcome on the Walk, and there is plenty of shade and water spigots available along the way. Great place unwind and relax. Nearby Riverwalk Cafe welcomes dogs on their patio and offers a simple doggie menu. See Details
The Promenade Bolingbrook The Promenade Bolingbrook is pet-friendly. Home to 26 different pet-friendly stores, this is a great shopping center to visit with your pooch. The Doggie Potty Stations are useful to clean up after your pup. They host a regular Pet Parade to showcase some of their four-legged customers. The Promenade is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 9pm and Sunday from 11am to 6pm. See Details
Giant City State Park Giant City State Park, home of Giant City Streets, is pet-friendly. This park is full of stunning sandstone bluffs that were formed over 12,000 years ago. Located within Shawnee National Forest, the park is home to lots of different species of wildflower and towering trees. There are numerous pet-friendly trails that you and Fido can explore, as long as they are on leash under six feet, including the Post Oak, Devil’s Standtable, Giant City, Stonefort, Indian Creek, Trillium, and Arrowwood trails. For the more adventurous hiking partners, the 12-mile Red Cedar Hiking Trail is a challenging trail that even has an overnight campsite at the halfway point. See Details
Whiskey Hill Brewing Company Whiskey Hill Brewing Company, formerly known as Myths and Legends, is a dog-friendly brewery in Westmont, IL. You and Fido are welcome to enjoy this brewery together, inside and out. There's a lively taproom inside, featuring a number of craft brews that have been created on the premises. Food trucks and other entertainment are scheduled throughout the year. Check their website for current offerings. See Details
Rim Rock National Recreation Trail Rim Rock National Recreation Trail is a wonderful trail for a hike with your pup in Junction, IL. This popular dog-friendly trail winds through massive rock formations around the rim of a rock escarpment. You'll enjoy the beautiful views while your pup enjoys the exercise. Just keep Fido leashed on the trail. See Details
Ferne Clyffe State Park Dogs are welcome at Ferne Clyffe State Park. The area has been known as a natural scenic spot for over a century and it won't take you and Fido too long to figure out why. The eighteen trails in the park wind around the picturesque wooded area, streams, and larger bodies of water. There are seven picnic areas in the park for you to enjoy as well. If you want to stay a little bit longer, you can select one of the many campgrounds that are dotted around the park. See Details
Miskatonic Brewing Company Miskatonic Brewing Company is a pet-friendly brewery in Darien, IL. Whether it be traditional, classic styles of ales and lagers, or something new and wild, Miskatonic Brewing loves to find new ways to connect with the craft beer. Friendly dogs welcome inside and outside the brewery. They are open Monday through Thursday from 3pm to 10pm, Friday from 3pm to 11pm, Saturday from 12pm to 11pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 7pm. See Details
Galena Cellars Winery & Vineyard Take a trip to the country and enjoy the view at the dog-friendly Galena Cellars Winery & Vineyard in Illinois. Book a tour, relax in the tasting room or deck, and experience how Galena Cellars wine is made. There’s always fun happening at the vineyard. Leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor areas of the vineyard. Call ahead for seasonal hours. See Details
Fox Ridge State Park Fox Ridge State Park is pet-friendly. This 2,064-acre park is home to eight miles of scenic hiking trails that will take you up steep, thickly wooded ridges and through scenic valleys. One of the most popular things to do is to wander up the staircase to Eagle's Nest, leading to a deck overlooking the river that is best seen during Fall. The ten trails in the system will lead you to a number of pretty picnic areas dotted around the park. Fox Ridge State Park is open every day of the week from 7am to 5pm. See Details
Lena Brewing Company Lena Brewing Company is a dog-friendly brewery in Lena, IL. Dogs are welcome to join their owners inside and out at this popular brewery. Located among the rolling hills of Lena, this former feed mill building is popular among local beer enthusiasts who are looking for beer brewed the right way. Inside, there's shuffleboard and live music from time to time, which Fido is welcome to attend, too. See Details