America’s most dog-friendly cities: Chicago, Illinois

by Kira Garrett | January 29, 2014

The “windy city” is known for its thriving metropolis and bustling culture. As the third largest city in the United States, Chicago has a lot to offer. From amazing museums and shopping to world renowned restaurants and sports teams, Chicago has something for everyone. No matter what brought you and your dog to the biggest city in the Midwest, be sure to check out some of the best dog-friendly sites while you are in town.

Traveling with your pooch doesn’t require you to compromise on luxury in Chicago. You can both be pampered at the Trump Hotel, where an in-room dining menu offers canine gourmet treats and a plush dog bed. If you want some alone time, you can arrange for a dog walking service to take your pet around the city while you indulge in some shopping on the Magnificent Mile. If you and your travel buddy don’t have quite as extravagant tastes, try the Old Chicago Inn or The Hotel Lincoln, where modern meets rustic.

If you’re ready to get out and stretch, take in the wonderful open spaces the city has to offer. Stroll down the Navy Pier, stop at one of the stands or attractions and have a treat on the patio of Harry Caray’s Tavern. The friendly staff will bring your pup a souvenir collapsible water bowl and a treat, while you enjoy a beer. You can meander through Grant Park and visit the Buckingham fountain or even the iconic “Bean” in Millennium Park. If your pup needs to get off his leash to run, take him to one of the many dog parks in the city. Just don’t confuse Wiggly Field and Wrigley Field, or you may get scolded for trying to let your pup loose in the famous baseball stadium. There are even a few off-leash dog beaches, like Montrose Dog Beach, where your furry friend can beat the heat playing in the water during those scorching summer days.

Once you have worked up an appetite, you will want to find a place to grab a bite to eat. If you’re not ready to leave Fido at the hotel, bring him along to dine on the patio of one of the many dog-friendly restaurants. If you have a hankering for a juicy steak, The Grill on the Alley will serve you a delicious meal and give your pup some water and a treat so he doesn’t get too envious of the mouthwatering steak you have. If you want something casual with a view, try O’Briens Riverwalk Café. This picturesque patio overlooks the Chicago River and is only open seasonally.

Whether you are passing through this international hub or you came to experience the deep dish pizza, great festivals, amazing art or to do a little business, don’t even think about leaving your pup behind. There is so much to do in this busy city that you both will be zonked when it is time to say goodbye.