PET FRIENDLY University of Chicago

PET FRIENDLY University of Chicago

5801 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

University of Chicago was established in 1890 and has graduated such illuminaries as Carl Sagan, Philip Roth, Susan Sontag, Philip Glass, and Bernie Sanders. And we love the fact that, despite all that intellectual heft, their mascot is Phil the Phoenix.

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Featured Pet-Friendly Hotels near University of Chicago

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La Quinta Inn & Suites Chicago - Lake Shore La Quinta Inn & Suites Chicago - Lake Shore

4900 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60615
4900 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60615
773-324-3000
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Pet Policy: Cats and dogs are welcome. No size restrictions. Up to 2 pets per room.

Policy Confirmed: 11/15/2018 | Update this Pet Policy

Policy Confirmed: 11/15/2018

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Claridge House Claridge House

1244 North Dearborn Parkway
Chicago, IL 60610
1244 North Dearborn Parkway
Chicago, IL 60610
855-403-6597
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Pet Policy: A one-time fee of 75.00 per pet will be charged at check in. Pets over 40 pounds will not be accepted. Up to two pets per room. Pets must be on a controllable leash at all times when outside of the guestroom. If in the room alone, pets must be placed in a crate or pet carrier.

Policy Confirmed: 03/22/2019 | Update this Pet Policy

Policy Confirmed: 03/22/2019

Featured Pet-Friendly Restaurants & Cafes near University of Chicago

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312 Chicago

136 N. LaSalle St.,
Chicago, IL
312-696-2420
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Your pup doesn’t have to be a Spinone Italiano or a Neapolitan Mastiff to enjoy the Italian cuisine served up on the pet-friendly patio of 312 Chicago. Start with a Fritto Misto or Crostini di Burrata, then choose from one of their house-made fresh pasta dishes or entrees like Grilled Beef Tenderloin topped with truffle butter. 312 Chicago offers Waggin' Weekends on its patio, with brunch dishes like Smoked Salmon Benedict for the humans and complimentary peanut butter biscuits and beefsicles for your pooch. If that's not enough to keep the hungries away, they also have a doggie menu you can order from--though that's not free! Open breakfast weekdays 7 to 10 a.m., weekends 8 to 11 a.m.; lunch weekdays 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; dinner Tuesday through Saturday 5 to 10 p.m., Sunday through Monday 5 to 9:30 p.m.; brunch weekends 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Small Bar

2956 North Albany Avenue,
Chicago, IL
773-509-9888
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Chill out at this great corner restaurant/bar in Logan Square on their pet-friendly patio. If you get an appetite, there’s plenty to choose from: salads, burgers, sandwiches (try the Fried Avocado on sourdough topped with smoked tomato aioli), Pulled Pork Nachos, and their own take on poutine, made with waffle fries and cheese curds, topped with mushroom gravy. Open Monday through Thursday 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday & Sunday noon to 2 a.m., Saturday noon to 3 a.m.

Featured Pet-Friendly Bars near University of Chicago

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Big Star

1531 North Damen Avenue,
Chicago, IL
773-235403
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Enjoy the fresh air and outdoor seating at this Wicker Park restaurant, along with their tacos and margaritas. Big Star is so dog-friendly, it even has a canine-dedicated Instagram hashtag, #dogsofbigstar.

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River Shannon

425 W. Armitage Ave.,
Chicago, IL
312-944-50
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This dog-friendly Irish pub has been a mainstay of Lincoln Park since 1946. During the summer they have outdoor seating, with water bowls and treats waiting for your pup at the front door.

Featured Pet-Friendly Dog Parks near University of Chicago

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Portage Dog Park

4100 North Long,
Chicago, IL
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Small off leash area with a doggy water fountain and dog-friendly kiddie pools (in the summer) in the northwest corner of the park, south of Berteau and west of the service yard. Open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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Clarendon Dog Park

4501 North Marine Drive,
Chicago, IL
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Small off leash dog park with doggy water fountain at north end of Park District service yard, north of Montrose, near the Clarendon Park Community Center. Open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

But what we really love most is Quasimodo Rockefeller, the Chapel Cat at the campus's Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, called Modo for short. He even has his own Facebook page, and they sell a plush toy Modo in the school store!

Chicago is a wonderful walking city; with its wide open sidewalks, it's a great city to see on foot with your best friend beside you. And when your pooch needs to stretch her legs, Chicago has a ton of off leash dog parks for you to visit, 24 in total in neighborhoods throughout the city. To use them, your dog will need to get a permit and a tag issued through a participating vet; yes, it's a bit of inconvenience but well worth the effort if you'll be visiting your student on a regular basis.

Two of our favorites are Bartelme Dog Park on South Sagamon, a sunken park (very cool) with artificial grass and a beautiful infinitely refilling water bowl/fountain, and Belmont Harbor Beach Dog Park, located at Belmont and Lake Shore Drive.

And when you've worked up an appetite, there are plenty of dog friendly restaurant to choose from in Chicago. Howells & Hood has a fantastic dog friendly sidewalk patio that is the perfect place to people watch with your pup, sipping one of their 119 craft beers or five Mules (we're partial to the Kentucky Mule, made with bourbon, lime juice, bitters, and ginger beer) or one of their other cocktails. And we love their menu, from the Kung Pao Cauliflower to their meatloaf served with an IPA gravy to the Ahi Tuna Chopped Salad.

Mott St. is another favorite, with a high-flavor ethnically eclectic menu we can't get enough of, whether it be the Wok-Fried Brussels Sprouts with Lamb Pancetta, Kimchi Empanadas with Chimichurri Creme Fraiche, Mussel Hot Pot, or Bone Marrow served with black rice. They've also got a crazy brunch menu that includes such items as Pork Belly Benedict, Coconut Pancakes, and Black Bean Shrimp & Grits.