Dogs and cats are a human’s best friend—so why leave them at home? Chicago is one of the most pet-friendly cities in the country with many hotels that allow your four-legged friends to spend your stay with you, plus a number of attractions that allow pets to tag-a-long (one of our favorites being the Seadog Cruise where pooches board for free). Cats feel the love too with neighborhood pet boutiques that have everything they need and even several cat cafés where you can enjoy coffee and treats while playing with adoptable felines.
Not all beaches in Chicago are dog-friendly but there are specific locations where you can take fido. Montrose Dog Beach is the premier off-leash spot. There’s also small areas at Belmont Harbor and Foster Beach. Just make sure your dog has a DFA tag required at all dog parks.
Montrose Dog Beach, Lawrence-Wilson Dr.
Belmont Harbor Dog Beach, 3500 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Foster Ave. Dog Beach, 5200 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Pooches On Patios
A table for two can also mean your pet at a number of restaurants like D’Agostinos and Dineamic Hospitality Group (Siena Tavern, Barrio, Bandit) that has puppy patio menus with meats and dairy-free “woof cream” for dessert. Café Brauer at Lincoln Park Zoo is also super dog-friendly and even hosts a "Dog Days of Summer" special brunch every June and August.
Cafe Brauer, 2021 N. Stockton Dr.
D’Agostinos, 1351 W. Addison St.
Take Them Out (To The Ballgame)
Who better than the Chicago Dogs to let pooches at select games? The minor league baseball teamn has regular events known as a “Bark At The Ballpark” with plenty of treats for the dogs and their humans.
Impact Field, 9850 Balmoral Ave., Rosemont
One of the newest trends in Chicago is the advent of cat cafés. First popularized in Japan, the concept allows people who don’t have pets at home (or to travel with) some 1-on-1 time with friendly felines. Many are also up for adoption, helping to tackle the pet overpopulation.
Windy Kitty, 1746 W North Ave.
Tree House Cat Café, 7225 N. Western Ave.