Dog-Friendly Vacations in Chicago

August 26, 2009
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dog-chicChicago is a major cultural center with many places to visit, as it is the third largest city in the United States. Along with walks and accommodation, there are several tours and walks that are great to do with your dog. Be careful about bringing your dog to dog parks in Chicago, as they are required to have a permit, and you will be fined if you do not. Permits cost $5, and your dog must be up to date with vaccinations.

Dog-Friendly Attractions/Tours:

Antique Coach and Carriage Company:

Your dog is allowed to accompany you on a scenic tour through downtown Chicago. Tours depart from Michigan and Huron, and you have an option of a few tours, including lakefront, Lincoln Park or the Magnificent Mile. There is also a special option of going to a Christmas tree around December. Reservations are recommended.

Of Mutts and Men

This is an indoor dog park, which is a good alternative to the cold winters outdoors in the windy city! People are free, and day passes are $3 per dog. There is an off-leash area for dogs, and also a ring for obedience lessons. Humans can enjoy pool tables, coffee and TV!

Mercury Skyline Cruise

This is a 90 minute cruise offered every Sunday in Chicago, July through September. It goes throughout the lakefront to many Chicago hotspots.

Riverwalk Gateway

The Riverwalk Gateway is a fantastic attraction, full of public art that tells the story of Chicago and its river. Dogs are allowed on leash. It is connected to the Riverwalk, which goes all around the river and the city.


The Down Town Dog

This is a fancy dog boutique that has gourmet treats and many special toys. Dogs are allowed on leash.

K9 Cookie Company

This is a specialty bakery for dogs, and they give out free treat samples, and they change recipes often. Dogs are allowed on leash.


Cafe Nosh

This is a Mediterranean/Greek bakery, in Lincoln Park. Dogs are allowed at outdoor tables.

Cody’s Public House

This bar does not have food, but it does have an outdoor beer garden. Dogs are allowed indoors and at outside tables.

Kitsch’n on Roscoe

This restaurant serves comfort food, as well as a variety of American and international selections. Different days of the week offer all-you-can-eat comfort food specials, such as mac n’ cheese or chicken and waffles. Dogs are allowed outside at the front tables.


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