Are you and your four-legged friend looking for some splashy fun? Don’t worry because we’ve got you and your tail-wagging bestie covered when it comes to the best dog beaches in Chicago.
Click on the beaches in the map below for more info on the beaches, and scroll down for Instagram photos of the beaches.
Top 2 Dog Beaches in Chicago
- Montrose Dog Beach
- Belmont Harbor Dog Beach
1. Montrose Dog Beach
W Lawrence Av. & W. Wilson Dr, Chicago, IL 60640
Take off the leash and set your four-legged friend free to run and splash in this sandy slice of doggy heaven. This huge 3.8 acre beach is at the northwest corner of Montrose Beach and partially fenced. Maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers, the beach is clean and offers a doggy wash-off station and free scoop bags.
Follow Wilson Ave from Lake Shore Drive until it curves at the lake to reach the dog beach. As with all dog-friendly areas in Chicago, your pup needs to wear a DFA tag, available at all vets for $5.
If your pup has been extra good, pick up a treat from the doggy food truck often parked outside on Saturdays.
2. Belmont Harbor Dog Beach
N Lakeshore Dr. & Lakeshore Dr, Chicago, IL 60657
Belmont Harbor’s popular dog beach is small but friendly. This completely fenced off-leash beach has shallow water for timid swimmers and a great view of boats in the harbor.
As with all dog-friendly areas in Chicago, your pup needs to wear a DFA tag, available at all vets for $5.
Have too many plans to exercise your dog properly while you’re in Chicago? Rest easy knowing that you can easily hire a local dog walker who will be happy to show your pup around.