How to travel with your dog: Chicago Edition

Wednesday, September 07, 2016 12:20:36 PM America/Los_Angeles

Traveling with your Dog: Windy City Adventures

Traveling with your Dog has never been easier or more enjoyable with so many dog-friendly places to explore. Chicago has many pet-friendly accommodations, attractions, restaurants, parks, and beaches specifically for you and your dog. The windy city is a howling great time for you and your pooch.

Chicago fountain and backgroundSource: Tupungato/Shutterstock

Places where you and your dog can lie your head

There are an array of hotels welcoming you and your dog. There are a couple that goes the extra mile to accommodate your dog. Wherever you stay, be sure to have a DoggieLawn available for your pup so they have a place to potty.

  • The James Hotel on Ontario St. is a luxury boutique hotel that treats your dog the way you do. They provide bowls and snacks in your room. How about a pooch massage or room service bones from the hotel's steakhouse?
  • Allegro Chicago on Randolph St. welcomes your small or large dog at no additional fee with a goodie bag and complimentary leash, bed and bowl set for use during your stay. The provide dog walking and sitting arrangements too.

Attractions welcoming Dogs

Navy Pier is a very dog-friendly place and is the number one tourist attraction in the State. Bring you dog, walk and mingle with other dog lovers.

Seadog Cruises welcomes aboard well-behaved pooches. Famous for their humorous and informative narrations of the historic tours around the Chicago waterways.

french bulldog on boatSource: Navistock/Shutterstock

Harry Caray’s Tavern Navy Pier is famous for the iconic man it is named for, but have a souvenir bowl and treat for your dog while you enjoy some Chicago food.

Antique Coach and Carriage Company has carriage rides down Michigan Ave., the loop and State Street and your dog is welcome on the ride.

Beach time in the City

Montrose Harbor Dog Beach is the place for you and your dog. Dogs allowed off-leash as they frolic in the Lake Michigan waves lapping on the shore. It is free and there is even a restaurant. Lakeshore Drive in Chicago is the place for this fun dog beach experience.

Belmont Harbor is off Lake Shore Dr. too. This is a small area for on-leash dogs. Certainly nowhere near as fun as Montrose Beach but a nice alternative for a beach on Lake Michigan visit.

Off-leash parks are Pawfect

There are many off-leash parks in Chicago and the surrounding areas. Many of the dog parks require a daily fee but are well worth it. Explore the forest preserve dog parks for nature and exercise adventures.

Restaurants welcoming Dog lovers and their Pups

  • Scozzi’s on Heron St., offers Italian dishes, and has an excellent wine list for you, and a doggy menu for your furry companion.

woman with dhihuahua in the handbag sitting in street cafeSource: Christian Mueller/Shutterstock


  • Joe’s on Weed St. rooftop is the place to be Wednesday’s 5 pm when they have a Doggy Happy Hour where your dog is treated to a bowl of water and treats and half-priced beer for you. Enjoy a doggy featured movie on the jumbotron at Joe’s.

There are too many dog-friendly restaurants to list but check more out when you are in the Windy City on this yelp list.

Shopping is a Treat

There are many outdoor malls in the area perfect for taking your perfect pet along. Many big named stores, like Nordstrom and Crate and Barrel, in Chicago, welcome your leashed, well-behaved dog.

A special treat in shopping with your dog is Tail in The City, on Delaware St., near the Magnificent Mile. This doggy store has gourmet snacks and fashions for your glamorous dog. When you want the best for your sidekick.

High Paws to all the Dog-friendly Adventures in Chicago

Chicago is a dog-friendly place to travel and there are hotels, attractions, restaurants, stores, and parks waiting for you and your doggy companion. Enjoy your stay in the Windy City with your best friend at your side. Your pooch will love all this Midwestern fun-loving city has to offer you both. Around every corner, there is a dog day adventure. If you just moved to the Windy City, think about purchasing our dog grass mat east, it ships locally so there is less wait.