7 of the Best Dog-Friendly Adventures Around Chicagoland

For so many of us, our dogs are more than pets — they’re family! And like everyone else, your doggo is probably ready to go out and explore after spending more time than ever before around the house. Fortunately, Chicagoland has been called one of the most pet-friendly areas in the country for good reason. From the city to the suburbs, there are fun experiences for animals and their human companions around nearly every corner. 

Looking for a little inspiration to bite? Here are seven totally paw-some dog-friendly outings around Chicagoland to try with your adventurous pup:

1.) Hit the Beach

What could be better than an afternoon of sand, sun, and surf? How about a day on the beach surrounded by dozens of adorable puppers? Chicagoland is full of amazing, pet-friendly beaches perfect for a day on the lake with your pup — including the world-famous Montrose Dog Beach and Belmont Harbor Beach Dog-Friendly Area in the city, as well as the Moraine Dog Beach and Park in Highland Park and Gillson Dog Beach in Wilmette

2.) Play in a Dog-Friendly Park

There is no shortage of absolutely wonderful dog-friendly parks in the Chicagoland area, perfect for a day out with your furry and four-legged friend. Some local favorites to check out include Wiggly Field in Lincoln Park, Skinner Bark Park in the West Loop, and Pooch Park on the North Shore.

For more inspiration, check out our list of the area’s most notable neighborhoods for dog lovers. 

3.) Get Your Pooch Pampered

There are few things more restorative than a trip to the salon. And that’s true for people and puppers alike! The Chicagoland area is full of amazing places to pamper your pooch with a relaxing grooming experience, from The Grooming Lodge in Barrington, to The Dog Wash in Wilmette, to Howlistic Grooming in West Town

4.) Go on a Boat Tour 

Chicagoland is a great place to hit the water, with easy access to the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, among other local waterways. You can even go for a boat ride with your fur baby in tow, thanks to services like Mercury’s Canine Cruise and Shoreline Sightseeing. 

5.) See a Ball Game

Many ballparks around the country host dog-friendly nights, and Chiacgoland is no exception. In fact, the Chicago White Sox once set the world record for most dogs at a sporting event at one of their biannual “Bark In the Park” events. While no dog days are currently on the schedule for the Sox, you can stay apprised of future events and updates here.

6.) Grab a Sip or Bite

Chicagoland is a world-renowned destination for foodies — and that includes canines with sophisticated palettes, as well. To start scheduling your next dinner date with your pup, check out TimeOut Chicago’s list of dog-friendly patios, restaurants, and breweries in Chicago, or explore Eater’s guide to the greatest dog-friendly restaurants and bars around Chicagoland. 

7.) Visit a Pet-Friendly Store

Looking to spoil your canine pal? Whether you’re looking for a “Gotcha Day” gift or simply a special treat, Chicagoland is bursting with fantastic places to go shopping for your doggo, from Urban Pooch in Ravenswood, to For Dog’s Sake in Logan Square. For more gems to try out, check TimeOut’s list of the best pet stores in Chicago. 

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