Dog Friendly Area (DFA)
Chicago Park District offers dog friendly areas, but owners have to apply for a permit and pay a tag fee to be able to use the CPD dog friendly areas. The permit and tag fee is a total of $5.00. Permits and tags are available at participating Chicagoland veterinary offices. The dogs must wear their tags at the parks, and the owners (or caregivers) must have their permits with them. Even if you’re just visiting for the day, you are supposed to have the permit and tag. There are no visitor or day passes. The list of participating veterinarians can be found at http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/resources/dog_friendly_areas/
- Challenger Park: 1101 W. Irving Park Rd.
- Churchill Park: 1825 N. Damen
- Coliseum Park: 14th & Wabash
- Grant Park: Columbus Drive & 9th Street
- Hamlin Park: 3035 N. Hoyne
- Margate Park: 4921 N. Marine Dr.
- Montrose Beach: Wilson Street & the Lake
- Park No. 511: 630 N. Kingsbury
- Park No. 546: 450 E. Benton Place
- Park No. 551: 353 N. DesPlaines
- River Park: 5100 N. Francisco Ave.
- Walsh Park: 1722 N. Ashland
- Wicker Park: 1425 N. Damen
- Wiggly Field: 2645 N. Sheffield
Beaches for Dogs
- Belmont Harbor Dog Beach, located on Belmont Ave off Lake Shore Dr: Dogs are allowed in this small fenced beach area on-leash. The city may ticket dog owners whose dogs are off-leash even though it is often used as an off-leash area by some people.
- Montrose Harbor Dog Beach – Lake Shore Drive: Dogs are allowed on part of the beach near Montrose. Dogs can run leash-free on the beach. Dog owners who violate the leash law by not having their dog on a leash between the parking lot and the beach are being fined with $75 tickets, so be sure to bring your dog’s leash. All dogs that use the dog parks are required to have an annual permit. The permits currently cost $5 per dog. You will have to visit an approved location to get a permit. Proofs of certain vaccinations are also required.
Beach Etiquette for Dogs
- Always keep your dog leashed when there is a leash law.
- Always clean up after your dog by using a poop bag or pooper scooper.
- Do not let your dog visit with other beach-goers or dogs, unless welcomed.
- If using an official off-leash area, your dog needs to be well-behaved and must listen to your verbal commands.
There are lots and lots pet services such as dogs and cats daycares, dog walking, in-home cat care, pet sitters, and more. The prices are rather expensive.
Urban Out Sitters http://www.urbanoutsitters.com/
3241 North Dayton Street – Chicago, IL 60657
Hours: Monday – Friday: 7am – 7pm – Closed Sat & Sun
(312) 651-7387 Ext. 7070
Fax: (312) 277-0911
Tucker’s Pups http://www.tuckerpups.com/
219 North Carpenter Street
Chicago, IL 60607
DoGone Fun http://www.dogonefunchicago.com/
1717 S. State Street, Chicago, IL
Pooch Hotel http://www.poochhotel.com/
2228 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, IL
Pet Care Plus Ltd http://www.petcp.com/
1328 W Lake St, Chicago, IL
Chicago Urban Tails http://www.chicagourbantails.com/
1034 N Wolcott #1F, Chicago, IL
The Barking Lot http://www.barkinglotinc.com/index.html
2442 W. Irving Park Rd
Again there are a lot of pet stores in Chicago. The main ones that have locations throughout the city are:
- Barker and Meowsky http://www.barkerandmeowsky.com/
- Doggy style pet shop http://doggystylepetshop.com/
- For Dog Sake http://www.fordogsake.com/
- Parker Pets http://www.parkerspets.com/
- Petco http://www.petco.com/
- Petlivery http://www.petlivery.com/
- Petsmart http://www.petsmart.com/
- Sam and Willy http://www.samandwillys.com/
- The barking lot http://www.barkinglotinc.com/index.html
Some of the pet stores listed above also provide grooming services. The Dog House of Beauty specialize only in grooming services.
The Dog House of Beauty http://www.doghouseofbeauty.com/
3806 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, Il. 60618
773 588 -8586
Sit! Pet Boutique and Grooming Salon http://www.sitchicago.com/
2316 W. Leland Ave . Chicago IL 60625
Paradise Pet Salon and Spa http://www.paradisepetsalon.net/
3920 N Broadway Street
Fax: (773) 929-9826
Top Dog: Mobile Pet Grooming Salon http://www.topdogmobile.com/
Bakery for Dogs
Three Dog Bakery http://threedogbakerychicago.com/
2622 N Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614