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The Ultimate Chicago Pet-Friendly Travel Guide

Experience Chicago like never before with our dog-friendly travel guide tailored for you and your pup. Dive into a Windy City adventure that promises parks, patios, and plentiful activities for the pet-passionate traveler.

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The allure of Chicago goes beyond its famed skyscrapers, bustling streets, and rich history. The city embraces pet lovers with open arms, offering an array of activities and venues where pets aren’t just tolerated; they're welcomed! Unravel the magic of Chicago for both two-legged and four-legged travelers with our top suggestions.

Run free at Montrose dog beach

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Begin your Chi-town escapade at Montrose Dog Beach, a slice of off-leash heaven against the backdrop of Lake Michigan. With its sandy shores and clear waters, it’s the perfect playground for your pet to mingle and chase the waves. Just don't forget a towel for your wet and sandy friend afterward.

Savor coffee and a breakfast sandwich at Hexe Coffee Co.

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Embrace the enchanting vibes of Hexe Coffee Co. in Roscoe Village, where industrial meets dark, witchy aesthetics. Sip on a latte and indulge in a skull-shaped cake from their pastry case while your canine companion basks on the expansive, dog-friendly patio.

Roam around Lincoln Park

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Lincoln Park is the green heart of Chicago. Meander through its scenic trails or simply relax by the lagoon. With specific off-leash areas and numerous on-leash zones, it's a day of fun waiting to be had.

Grab lunch at Chicago Burger Company

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Nestled next to the scenic Chicago River, Chicago Burger Company offers the quintessential Chicago-style hot dog and juicy burgers. As a local favorite, diners can enjoy the beautiful outdoor setting while their pups indulge in a complimentary treat.

Take a dog-friendly boat tour

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Set sail with your pup on Mercury's Canine Cruise, conveniently located at the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Revel in a 90-minute tour exploring Chicago’s rich history and dog-friendly landmarks. With ample safe outdoor seating, water bowls, and a dedicated doggy restroom, it's a must-do for every dog enthusiast.

Pop by Tails in the City

Small dog with shopping bag


For a touch of luxury, visit Tails in the City. This upscale pet boutique located near the Magnificent Mile offers everything from gourmet pet treats to chic pet accessories. It's retail therapy for both you and your pet!

Dine at Park & Field

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Step into a vintage dining experience at Park & Field, nestled in the heart of Logan Square. Your pup will be thrilled with the expansive four-season patio, equipped with fire pits and a bocce ball setup. As you savor your meal, don’t forget to order something special from their exclusive dog menu!

Relax at River Shannon

Dog sitting on stool in bar


Wrap up your day with a refreshing drink at River Shannon in Lincoln Park, an authentic Irish pub that truly welcomes pups. Delight in giant Jenga and free popcorn, and don’t miss capturing memories at their special doggy photo booth.

Stay at Hotel EMC2 Autograph Collection

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After a day filled with exploration, check into Hotel EMC2 Autograph Collection. They warmly welcome two dogs of any size at no extra charge and even have dog beds, bowls, and treats available at the front desk. Just three blocks away, you'll find a dog park for your pet's playtime.

Chicago's charm isn’t just in its architecture or history but in its warm embrace of pets and their owners. When exploring this magnificent city, remember to respect leash laws, stay diligent about clean-ups, and soak in every moment of joy Chicago offers to pet enthusiasts.

Whether you're a Windy City native or an eager traveler, there's no doubt that Chicago's vibrant atmosphere and pet-loving locales will make every visit memorable. From the lakeside views to pet-friendly eateries, Chicago stands as a beacon for pet-loving adventurers everywhere.

Cheyanne Rains is a Chicago-based social media specialist with an unwavering passion for our furry companions. When she's not spoiling her cat with treats and toys, you'll find her searching for the perfect lavender latte, exploring new places, or immersing herself in the electric atmosphere of live music.

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