Dog-friendly parks around Chicago
Someone emailed me about dog-friendly parks. I’d been meaning to research this for – um – years. So here it is. I’ll keep adding locations as I locate them.
Chicago dog friendly areas are designated sections within Chicago parks or beaches, where dogs are allowed to run and play off-leash, the only areas in the city where this is allowed. The owner or other responsible person bringing any dog into a dog friendly area must have a permit and tag issued by a participating Veterinarian for each dog. Water features and fountains are shut off during winter.
Dog-friendly parks around Chicago – Downtown
Anderson (Fred) Dog Friendly Areas, 1611 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601 Show on Map The park features two enclosed dog friendly areas, one for small dogs and one for large dogs. Also known as 16th Street Dog Park.
Bartelme (Mary) Dog Friendly Area 115 S. Sangamon Chicago, IL 60607 Show on Map Sunken dog park with a continuously filling, over-sized dog bowl, ramps, ledges, steps, and artificial canine grass to provide an exercise area.
Bennett Park Dog Park 456 E. Illinois, Chicago, IL 60611 This park is not part of the Chicago Park District but part of a condo/apartment development. It’s open to the public. I’ve been there. It has fenced in dog areas.
Coliseum Dog Friendly Area 1466 S. Wabash Ave.Chicago, IL 60605 Show on Map No additional info.
D’Angelo Dog Park 438 S. Franklin Chicago, IL 60607 0.11 acres
Grant Dog Friendly Area 951 S. Columbus Drive Chicago, IL 60601 Show on Map Large paved rectangle.
Lake Shore East Dog Friendly Area 450 E. Benton Place Chicago, IL 60601 Show on Map .10 acres located along the southern edge of the park. Doggie Drinking Fountain.
Ohio Place Dog Park 360 W. Ohio Street Chicago, IL 60654. Temporarily closed.
Park No. 551 Dog Friendly Area 353 N. DesPlaines St. Chicago, IL 60611 Show on Map .07 acres, located south of Kinzie St. in Fulton River District. Doggie drinking fountain.
Ward Dog Friendly Area 630 N. Kingsbury St. Chicago, IL 60606 Show on Map DFA at 652 N. Larrabee. Large paved triangle. No additional info.
University Village Dog Park 1535 S. Halsted Chicago, IL 60607
Belmont Harbor Beach DFA Belmont & Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60614 Show on Map .15 acres, located east of Lake Shore Drive at north end of Belmont Harbor
Bryn Mawr Dog Friendly Area – TEMPORARY Bryn Mawr & Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60614 Show on Map Opened as a temporary replacement for the Foster Beach dog friendly area, which closed in October 2015 due to the rising water level.
Clarendon Dog Friendly Area 4501 N. Marine Drive Chicago, IL 60640 Show on Map .13 acres, located north of Park District service yard, north of Montrose. Doggie drinking fountain.
Montrose Beach DFA 601 West Montrose Avenue Chicago, IL 60613 Show on Map 3.83 acres, located at north end of Montrose Beach
Noethling Playlot Dog Friendly Area 2645 N. Sheffield Ave. Chicago, IL 60614 Show on Map .37 acres, located north of Wrightwood east of Sheffield. Doggie drinking fountain. Locals call this Wiggly Field.
Park No. 556 Logan Square Dog Park 2529 W.Logan Blvd. Chicago, IL 60647
Park No. 569 Dog Friendly Area 1358 W. Monroe Chicago, IL 60607 Show on Map No additional info.
Pottawattomie Dog Friendly Area 7340 N. Rogers Ave. Chicago, IL 60626 Show on Map Located east of Wolcott and south of Birchwood at north end of park. Small dog area. Doggie drinking fountain.
Puptown 4900 N Marine Drive Chicago, IL 60640 Show on Map .38 acres, located at Lawrence and Sheridan. Doggie drinking fountain.
Dog-friendly parks around Chicago – West
Churchill Dog Friendly Area 1825 N. Damen Ave. Chicago, IL 60614 Show on Map Part of The 606 located adjacent to train tracks, east of Damen.
Hamlin Dog Friendly Area 3035 N. Hoyne Ave. Chicago, IL 60618 Show on Map .16 acres, located at northeast corner of Wellington and Hoyne. Water supply.
Horner Dog Friendly Area 2741 W. Montrose Ave. Chicago, IL 60618 Show on Map No additional info.
Norwood Dog Friendly Area 5899 N. Avondale Chicago, IL 60631 Show on Map .13 acres, located just north of service yard on Avondale Ave. Doggie drinking fountain.
Park No. 556 Dog Friendly Area 2529 W. Logan Blvd Chicago, IL 60647 Show on Map No additional info.
Portage Dog Friendly Area 4100 N. Long Chicago, IL 60641 Show on Map .09 acres. Located south of Berteau and west of service yard. Doggie drinking fountain.
River Dog Friendly Area 5100 N. Francisco Ave. Chicago, IL 60625 Show on Map .10 acres, located southeast of fieldhouse. Doggie drinking fountain.
Walsh Dog Friendly Area 1722 N. Ashland Ave. Chicago, IL 60614 Show on Map Part of The 606 .10 acres, located west of Ashland and adjacent to train tracks. Doggie drinking fountain.
Wicker Dog Friendly Area 1425 N. Damen Ave.Chicago, IL 60622 Show on Map .14 acres, located at intersection of Wicker Park and Evergreen. Doggie drinking fountain.
Calumet Dog Friendly Area 9801 S. Avenue G Chicago, IL 60617 Show on Map No additional info.
McKinley Dog Friendly Area (DFA) 2210 W. Pershing Road Chicago, IL 60609 Show on Map No additional info.
Park No. 590 3938-40 S. Indiana Ave. Chicago, IL 60653 Show on Map No additional info.
Park No. 591 3900 South Lake Park Avenue Chicago, IL 60653 Show on Map No additional info.
Park No. 592 4149 -53 S. Vincennes Avenue Chicago, IL 60653 Show on Map No additional info.
Chicago Rules & Regulations
- Owners are legally responsible for their dogs and any injuries caused by their dogs.
- Owners must remain with and watch their dogs at all times.
- Dogs must be leashed prior to and upon leaving the DFA. Gates to the DFAs must remain closed except upon entering and exiting the DFA.
- Owners must immediately clean up after their dogs. Owners who fail to clean up after their dogs are subject to a fine of up to $500.00 (City of Chicago Ordinance 7-12-420).
- Dogs with a known history of, or who exhibit, dangerous behaviors are prohibited.
- Dogs must be healthy, fully immunized, dewormed, licensed and comply with the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control Regulation for Chicago Park District DFAs.
- No dog will be allowed in a DFA unless it has a current rabies vaccination.
- Dog owners are responsible for the monitoring and maintenance of the DFA.
- No Food (human or dog food) is allowed inside the DFA
- Owners or other responsible persons must have a DFA permit with them for each dog visiting the DFA.
- DFA permits are valid from January 1 through December 31 each year.
- Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult; younger children must be closely supervised.
- Only three dogs per person allowed.
- Puppies under four months old and female dogs in heat are prohibited.
- Failure to comply with the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control Regulation for Chicago Park District DFAs can result in a fine of up to $500.00.
Dog-friendly parks around Chicago – Permits and Tags
The Administrator of the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control mandated that the Park District issue permits for all off-leash dogs using Dog Friendly Areas. This regulation will be enforced by Deputies of the Department of Animal and Rabies Control. Any patron using a DFA without a permit is subject to a $500 fine.
The owner or other responsible person bringing any dog into a DFA must have a permit and tag issued by a participating Veterinarian for each dog. The veterinarian will issue a permit for any dog when the dog’s owner or other person responsible for the dog shows the following:
- The owner or other responsible person produces a current dog license issued by the City of Chicago, or proof that the dog has a current rabies vaccination.
- The owner must complete a Chicago Park District Dog Friendly Area Permit Application for each dog. The owner shall provide written proof acceptable to the Park District showing that a licensed veterinarian (or other authorized person) has performed a fecal test for parasites and vaccinated any dog entering a DFA for the following diseases:
- Para influenza; and
(Current titers where applicable will also be acceptable) After issuance of a permit, the dog owner is responsible for keeping immunizations a thru f above current.
- The owner must agree to abide by the Chicago Park District Rules and Regulations of a Dog Friendly Area.
Where to Get a Permit In Chicago
Dog Friendly Area Permit Applications are available at participating veterinarian offices (see link to list below). The Chicago Park District, with the cooperation of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, developed a process for distributing permits for our Dog Friendly Areas (DFAs). Permits are available at the offices of participating veterinarians for a cost of $10 per dog.
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