Dog Friendly Areas

Dog friendly areas are designated sections within Chicago parks or beaches, where dogs are allowed to run and play off -leash, the only areas in the city where this is allowed.  Until the creation of these areas, dogs were only allowed in the city’s parks on a leash. Many of these sites provide features such as doggie drinking fountains, separate areas for shy dogs, dog owner bulletin boards, trash receptacles and extra doggie bags.

The owner or other responsible person bringing any dog into a dog friendly area must have a permit and tag issued by a participating Veterinarian for each dog. Please be responsible when using these areas by following the policies and procedures for Chicago Park District Dog Friendly Areas.

We hope your dog enjoys running, playing and socializing with other dogs in a Chicago Park District dog friendly area.

Remember to be safe, obey the rules, and respect the park and others.

For further information on dog friendly areas: Procedures for Establishing a DFA in your Community 

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Bartelme Dog Friendly Area

Bartelme Dog Friendly Area

Location Notes: 115 S. Sangamon

Park: Bartelme, Mary Park

Park Phone: (312) 746-5494

Notes: .10 acres, located north of Adams west of Peoria. Doggie drinking fiountain.

Challenger Dog Friendly Area

Challenger Dog Friendly Area

Location Notes: 1100 W. Irving Park Rd.

Park: Challenger Playlot Park

Park Phone: (312) 742-7802

Notes: .08 acres, located east of elevated tracks and playground. Doggie drinking fountain.

Churchill Dog Friendly Area

Churchill Dog Friendly Area

Location Notes: 1825 N. Damen Ave.

Park: Churchill Field Playlot Park

Park Phone: (312) 742-7554

Notes: .16 acres, located adjacent to train tracks, east of Damen. Doggie drinking fountain.

Clarendon Dog Friendly Area

Clarendon Dog Friendly Area

Location Notes: 4501 N. Marine Drive

Park: Clarendon Park Community Center

Park Phone: (312) 742-7512

Notes: .13 acres, located north of Park District service yard, north of Montrose. Doggie drinking fountain.

Coliseum Dog Friendly Area

Coliseum Dog Friendly Area

Location Notes: 1466 S. Wabash Ave. Chicago IL 60605

Park: Coliseum Park

Park Phone: (312) 257-4486

Notes: .06 acres, located under elevated tracks. Doggie drinking fountain.

Grant Dog Friendly Area

Grant Dog Friendly Area

Location Notes: 951 S. Columbus Drive

Park: Grant Park

Park Phone: (312) 742-3918

Notes: .36 acres, located north and west of 9th St. Service yard south of Balbo. Doggie drinking fountain.

Hamlin Dog Friendly Area

Hamlin Dog Friendly Area

Location Notes: 3035 N. Hoyne Ave.

Park: Hamlin Park

Park Phone: (312) 742-7785

Notes: .16 acres, located at northeast corner of Wellington and Hoyne. Water supply.

Lake Shore East

Lake Shore East

Location Notes: 450 E. Benton Place

Park: Lake Shore East Park/No. 546

Park Phone: (312) 742-7648

Notes: .10 acres located along the southern edge of the park. Doggie Drinking Fountain.

Belmont Harbor Beach DFA

Belmont Harbor Beach DFA

Location Notes: Belmont & Lake Shore Drive

Park: Lincoln Park

Park Phone: (312) 742-7726

Notes: .15 acres, located east of Lake Shore Drive at north end of Belmont Harbor

Foster Beach DFA

Foster Beach DFA

Location Notes: Foster & Lake Shore Drive

Park: Lincoln Park

Park Phone: (312) 742-7726

Notes: .78 acres, located at north east end of Foster Beach

Montrose Beach DFA

Montrose Beach DFA

Location Notes: Montrose & Simonds Drive

Park: Lincoln Park

Park Phone: (312) 742-7726

Notes: 3.83 acres, located at north end of Montrose Beach

 Puptown

Puptown

Location Notes: 4900 N Marine Drive

Park: Margate Park Fieldhouse

Park Phone: (312) 742-7522

Notes: .38 acres, located at Lawrence and Sheridan. Doggie drinking fountain.

Noethling Playlot Dog Friendly Area

Noethling Playlot Dog Friendly Area

Location Notes: 2645 N. Sheffield Ave.

Park: Noethling Playlot Park

Park Phone: (312) 742-7816

Notes: .37 acres, located north of Wrightwood east of Sheffield. Doggie drinking fountain.

Norwood Dog Friendly Area

Norwood Dog Friendly Area

Location Notes: 5899 N. Avondale

Park: Norwood Park

Park Phone: (773) 631-4893

Notes: .13 acres, located just north of service yard on Avondale Ave.. Doggie drinking fountain.

Park 551 Dog Friendly Area

Park 551 Dog Friendly Area

Location Notes: 353 N. DesPlaines St.

Park: Park No. 551

Park Phone: (312) 742-7895

Notes: .07 acres, located south of Kinzie St. in Fulton River District. Doggie drinking fountain.

Portage Dog Friendly Area

Portage Dog Friendly Area

Location Notes: 4100 N. Long

Park: Portage Park

Park Phone: (773) 685-7235

Notes: .09 acres, located south of Berteau and west of service yard. Doggie drinking fountain.

Pottawattomie Dog Friendly Area

Pottawattomie Dog Friendly Area

Location Notes: 7340 N. Rogers Ave.

Park: Pottawattomie Park

Park Phone: (773) 262-5835

Notes: .20 acres, located east of Wolcott and south of Birchwood at north end of park. Small dog area. Doggie drinking fountain.

River Dog Friendly Area

River Dog Friendly Area

Location Notes: 5100 N. Francisco Ave.

Park: River Park

Park Phone: (312) 742-7516

Notes: .10 acres, located southeast of fieldhouse. Doggie drinking fountain.

Walsh Dog Friendly Area

Walsh Dog Friendly Area

Location Notes: 1722 N. Ashland Ave.

Park: Walsh Playground Park

Park Phone: (312) 742-7769

Notes: .10 acres, located west of Ashland and adjacent to train tracks. Doggie drinking fountain.

Ward Dog Friendly Area

Ward Dog Friendly Area

Location Notes: 630 N. Kingsbury St.

Park: Ward, A. Montgomery Park

Park Phone: (312) 742-7895

Notes: .16 acres, located on west side of Kingsbury south of Erie.

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Rules & Regulations of a Dog Friendly Area

  • Owners are legally responsible for their dogs and any injuries caused by their dogs.
  • Owners must remain with and watch their dogs at all times.
  • Dogs must be leashed prior to and upon leaving the DFA. Gates to the DFAs must remain closed except upon entering and exiting the DFA.
  • Owners must immediately clean up after their dogs. Owners who fail to clean up after their dogs are subject to a fine of up to $500.00 (City of Chicago Ordinance 7-12-420).
  • Dogs with a known history of, or who exhibit, dangerous behaviors are prohibited.
  • Dogs must be healthy, fully immunized, dewormed, licensed and comply with the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control Regulation for Chicago Park District DFAs.
  • No dog will be allowed in a DFA unless it has a current rabies vaccination.
  • Dog owners are responsible for the monitoring and maintenance of the DFA.
  • No Food (human or dog food) is allowed inside the DFA
  • Owners or other responsible persons must have a DFA permit with them for each dogvisiting the DFA.
  • DFA permits are valid from January 1 through December 31 each year.
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult; younger childrenmust be closely supervised.
  • Only three dogs per person allowed.
  • Puppies under four months old and female dogs in heat are prohibited.
  • Failure to comply with the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control Regulation for Chicago Park District DFAs can result in a fine of up to $500.00.

Notice Valid From: 4/1/2014 - 4/1/2024

The Administrator of the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control mandated that the Park District issue permits for all off-leash dogs using Dog Friendly Areas. This regulation will be enforced by Deputies of the Department of Animal and Rabies Control. Any patron using a DFA without a permit is subject to a $500 fine.

The owner or other responsible person bringing any dog into a DFA must have a permit and tag issued by a participating Veterinarian for each dog. The veterinarian will issue a permit for any dog when the dog’s owner or other person responsible for the dog shows the following:

  1. The owner or other responsible person produces a current dog license issued by the City of Chicago, or proof that the dog has a current rabies vaccination.
  2. The owner must complete a Chicago Park District Dog Friendly Area Permit Application for each dog. The owner shall provide written proof acceptable to the Park District showing that a licensed veterinarian (or other authorized person) has performed a fecal test for parasites and vaccinated any dog entering a DFA for the following diseases:
    1. Distemper
    2. Hepatitis
    3. Para influenza; and
    4. Parvovirus
    5. Bordetella
    6. Leptospirosis

    (Current titers where applicable will also be acceptable) After issuance of a permit, the dog owner is responsible for keeping immunizations a thru f above current.

  3. The owner must agree to abide by the Chicago Park District Rules and Regulations of a Dog Friendly Area.

Where to Get a Permit In Chicago

Dog Friendly Area Permit Applications are available at participating veterinarian offices. The Chicago Park District, with the cooperation of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, developed a process for distributing permits for our Dog Friendly Areas (DFAs). Permits are available at the offices of participating veterinarians for a cost of $5 per dog.

Notice Valid From: 4/1/2014 - 4/1/2024

Download List of Veterinarians (pdf)

Notice Valid From: 4/1/2014 - 4/1/2024