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Living in Chicago, dog owners have the world at their fingertips as far as places to bring their dogs.  From public parks to off-leash dog parks, beaches and dog-friendly establishments, there’s no shortage of pooch party potential. Some neighborhoods have notable not-to-miss landmarks, however, so if you’re new to Chicago and are looking for the perfect neighborhood, or you’ve lived here a while and just want to check out some new places for your dog, be sure to check out these hotspots.

Wiggly Field

Chicagoans all know about Wrigley Field, where the Cubs play. But down the ways a bit in Lakeview is Wiggly Field, a large, open-air dog park that attracts all types. From shelter mutts to purebreds, all kinds of dogs and their owners flock to this paved paradise. It features doggie water fountains, pools in the summertime, waste bags, and is generally well-populated—no more going to the dog park and seeing no one for your pooch to play with.

Montrose Dog Beach

Located on Montrose and Lake Shore Drive in Uptown, this dog beach is a haven for pets that love the water. Owners are mostly clean and respectful, picking up after their dogs, and the dogs are mostly friendly, with the occasional toy-aggressive pooch you’ll find at any park. Montrose Dog Beach is a perfect spot to hang out with your pup when the temperatures soar, since the lake will cool them off.

Chicago Party Animals

Chicago Party Animals is a unique venue for pet lovers. Located in the West Loop, it’s perfect for residents in Noble Square, Ukrainian Village, or really any other Chicago neighborhood. CPA hosts off-leash dog meet-ups in their facility, a two-story warehouse-type building that is perfect for socialized dogs. These are great outlets for dogs during the colder months, as they can have a chance to play with other dogs without the confines of cold weather. Breed-specific meet-ups as well as open play are available, so you’ll be sure to find something agreeable for you and your pets.

If you’re bringing your dog into contact with other dogs, it’s important to be a responsible dog owner. Make sure your dog is up-to-date on his or her shots, and make sure your dog plays nicely with other dogs—aggressive behavior can be fixed with training, but some pets aren’t keen on playing with other dogs much, and those dogs who tend to snap at other dogs should be kept on their leashes when at a dog park to ensure the safety of others.


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