We think the essence of a great city, especially a great pet-friendly city like Chicago, is the diversity of its neighborhoods. The individual neighborhoods capture and highlight the different moods, traditions and attitudes of the city and offer an up-close look at the people who live there. The first thing we do when we hit a great pet-friendly city is get the leash on our dogs and hit the streets.

Downtown Chicago
If you're visiting in the summer or early fall, the perfect way to kick off your trip and get to know the city is to take Mercury Cruises' Canine Cruise. The 90-minute boat ride takes you into the heart of Chicago on the Chicago River, then out to Lake Michigan for a panoramic view of the city. Water bowls and a newspaper-lined restroom are provided for your pet, along with plenty of seating.

Magnificent Mile is a favorite spot of ours; with its expansive, super-wide sidewalks, it's a great place to be out and about with your dog. Even better, there are a lot of pet-friendly stores lining those sidewalks allowing you to shop with your pet, including Anthropologie, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Urban Outfitters. Your pet is also welcome in all the common areas of the 50-acre Navy Pier, which extends out into Lake Michigan, including the outdoor eating areas. For riverfront dining, try Chicago Burger Company (301 East North Water Street). Dogs are more than welcome on the patio, with a special canine menu and complimentary bones.

North Side
This area of Chicago offers great diversity, from the verdant 1,208 acres of Lincoln Park, which includes lakeside trails, to the bustle of Old Town, and the art galleries and bars and breweries of Wicker Park and Bucktown. Our favorite old-school Irish pub is River Shannon (425 West Armitage), which has outdoor seating in the warm weather, with water bowls and treats available for your pup. We also love the patio menu Gemini in Lincoln Park; nothing better than eating their Thai red curry mussels with your pooch alongside.

If you're planning on being in Chicago in August, try to time it so you can attend the Chicago History Museum's annual Chicago Hot Dog Fest in Lincoln Park. More than 30,000 people attended and more than 35,000 hot dogs were consumed at last year's event. Be sure to visit the Pup Tent, where your pup can get a drink of water and snag a treat.

West Side
Get your multicultural groove on in Little Italy and the Latino neighborhoods of Little Village, Pilsen, and Humboldt Park. During the summer, the Italian restaurant Nellcote (833 West Randolph Street) hosts Bone Appetit happy hours on the weekend, offering free dog treats and donating a percentage of proceeds to a local dog rescue organization. In August and September check out the Randolph Street Antique Market at Beaux Arts Plumber's Hall (1340 West Washington Blvd.) in the West Loop. Dogs are allowed in the outdoor portion of the market.

South Side
Mostly residential, the South Side offers many opportunities to stroll with your pup and take in an incredible array of architectural styles. It's also home to numerous museums, including the DuSable Museum of African American History and the Museum of Science and Industry. In the African-American neighborhood of Bronzeville, you can check out the Monument to the Great Northern Migration; the Victory Monument, honoring the African American 8th Regiment, which fought in WWI; and the Bronzeville Walk of Fame, which honors its famous residents, who include Muddy Waters, Sam Cooke, and Gwendolyn Brooks. You can find more of these by browsing our list of pet-friendly places in Chicago.

We are currently showing 35 pet-friendly hotels in Chicago, Illinois, which we define as dog friendly or cat friendly.

Featured Pet-Friendly Hotels in Chicago

Pet Policy: Dogs only. One-time $100 pet fee. Max. weight 50 lbs. One pet per room. Subject to availabiity.

Policy Confirmed: 03/29/2021 | Update this Pet Policy

Policy Confirmed: 03/29/2021

Pet Amenities: (For dogs/cats) Food/Drink bowl, Beds, Sancks, Doorknob hanger. Pet walking upon request.

Points of Interest: Lake Michigan, Olive St. Beach, Oak St. Beach, North Ave. Beach, Grank Park (largest park in downtown Chicago), K9 Cruise, Mercury Boat Cruises (Sundays)

Rates: Single, Double: $159

Pet Policy: No fee. No deposit. Dogs only up to 40 lbs. If more than 40 lbs, please call for a waiver. Max 2 dogs.

Policy Confirmed: 08/20/2019 | Update this Pet Policy

Policy Confirmed: 08/20/2019

Pet Amenities: Our complimentary arf program offers a special bed, bowl + doggie treats/toys

Featured Pet-Friendly Restaurants & Cafes in Chicago


312 Chicago

136 N. LaSalle St.,
Chicago, IL
Pet Friendly 312 Chicago in Chicago, Illinois

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.


Small Bar

2956 North Albany Avenue,
Chicago, IL
Pet Friendly Small Bar in Chicago, Illinois

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 in Chicago


Big Star

1531 North Damen Avenue,
Chicago, IL
Pet Friendly Big Star in Chicago, Illinois

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.


River Shannon

425 W. Armitage Ave.,
Chicago, IL
Pet Friendly River Shannon in Chicago, Illinois

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 in Chicago


Portage Dog Park

4100 North Long,
Chicago, IL
Pet Friendly Portage Dog Park in Chicago, Illinois

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.


Clarendon Dog Park

4501 North Marine Drive,
Chicago, IL
Pet Friendly Clarendon Dog Park in Chicago, Illinois

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.