Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Chicago

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We all know the feeling of never wanting to leave your dog’s side. If you have ever been out and about with your pooch and wanted to grab a quick bite to eat, you know the dread of wondering if a place allows dogs. With so many dog-friendly restaurants in Chicago, though, you don’t have to worry about ever leaving your dog’s side! Here are some well-known dog-friendly restaurants right around your neighborhood:

Bucktown

Red Door

Address: 2118 N Damen Ave. Chicago, IL 60647

Price range: $$

After a day of dog walking at Churchill Field Park in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood, you may need to a hearty meal. Red Door has a simplified menu of uncommon yet enticing options, including apps like ghost chili chicken wings and truffled kale chips, salads like grilled romaine and mushroom quinoa, and entrees like hanger steak and oyster rolls. Your dog can relax while you soak in this impressive restaurant.

Edgewater

Mas Alla Del Sol

Address: 5848 N. Broadway St. Chicago, IL 60640

Price range: $$

A more upscale Mexican restaurant, Mas Alla Del Sol offers fresh, traditional dishes, as well as unusual, tasty options. You can choose from fajitas, ­enchiladas, carne ascada and much more. Mas Alla Del Sol even offers an appetizing brunch menu items, like omeleta del rancho, crepas de platano and even Mickey Mouse Pancakes. If your dog eats human food occasionally, this will make for a great stop for you two.

Humboldt Park

West Town Pizza Shop

Address: 2525 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60647

Price range: $$

Usually, pizza places excel at either deep dish or thin crust. West Town Pizza Shop shines with both options, garnering die-hard fans with their delectable pizza pies. In addition to pizza, West Town Pizza Shop whips up burgers, pasta, salads and sandwiches for hungry customers. If you and your dog are too exhausted after walking in Humboldt Park, this restaurant will deliver to you so you can stay satisfied no matter what.

Irving Park

Little Bucharest Bistro

Address: 3661 N Elston Ave. Chicago, IL 60618

Price range: $$

Have a fancy, high-class dog? It will love Little Bucharest Bistro. This elegant restaurant has a little bit of everything, like a roasted red pepper salad, pan-seared salmon and sausage-stuffed chicken. Feeling a little on the adventurous side? Try out Little Bucharest Bistro’s signature flaming kasseri cheese (yes, it’s actually flaming, but don’t worry —it’s totally safe!).

Cantina Pasadita

Address: 2958 W. Irving Park Rd. Chicago, IL 60618

Price range: $$

Catina Pasadita is all about the specials. In fact, they love them so much, they offer multiple food and drink options every day of the week. Whatever day you choose, you’ll find something you’ll love. Whether it’s Tuesday’s $1 tacos (steak, chicken, barbacoa or chorizo), Thursday’s $5 burgers and $10 buckets of coronitas or Saturdays $7 20 oz. Milagro Margaritas, you’ll always find a tasty deal. Hit up this Chicago Mexican eatery after a day of walking and playing with your dog.

Lakeview

Cody’s Public House

Address: 1658 W Barry Ave. Chicago, IL 60657

Price range: $

Cody’s Public House is the place for the relaxed, dog-loving crowd. It’s a neighborhood hotspot for those who want to enjoy a casual meal (and a few beers) and then play a game of pool or darts. Most popular on the weekends, Cody’s has the inviting atmosphere of a dive bar while being so much more than that. Dogs are more than welcome here, too—your pup may even make a few new friends!

Golden Apple Grill & Breakfast House

Address: 2971 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60657

Price range: $

Golden Apple Grill & Breakfast House is great for those who don’t live by a schedule. This diner is open 24 hours a day, so you can get your grub on any time of the day. When you dig in, you can eat breakfast, lunch or dinner foods, including Belgium waffles with various fruit toppings, omelettes, pastas, burgers, breaded fantail jumbo shrimp and skirt steak. Want carry out so you can enjoy the food from the comfort of your home? It’ll be ready in about15 minutes.

Rice Bistro

Address: 2964 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60657

Price range: $$

When you have a craving for Chinese or Thai in the Lakeview area and want to bring your dog along with you, Rice Bistro is your spot. This restaurant has traditional apps, like edamame, egg rolls and crab rangoon, and soups, like hot and sour and wonton. As you move onto the main course rice dishes, you’ll have plenty of options: cashew chicken, BBQ pork over rice, Thai fried rice and five types of curry. Your dog’s stomach may not be able to handle these spicy dishes, but you’ll love them!

Rockit Burger Bar

Address: 3700 N Clark St. Chicago, IL 60613

Price range: $$

Located in the heart of Wrigleyville, this eatery specializes in, you guessed it, burgers. Choose from traditionals like the double “Rockit Cheeseburger” (quarter pound angus patties with all the fixings) or unusual options like the “Truffle Mushroom Burger” (an angus patty topped with gruyere cheese and truffle crème fraiche) or “The MacDaddy” (an angus patty and braised beef short rib and mac ‘n’ cheese). The restaurant also thrives with its other menu options, including their BBQ pork pizza and their southwestern chopped salad. The fun atmosphere, combined with the indulgent food, will have both you and your dog feeling like you’re in heaven!

Sandwich Me In

Address: 3037 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60657

Price range: $

After you’ve walked around one of the many parks in Chicago’s North Side with your dog, the menu choices at Sandwich Me In make for a quick, filling lunch. Whether you choose the drool-worthy BBQ pulled pork or the country steak sandwiches, you’re sure to be satisfied. This restaurant also features many vegetarian-friendly options, like their grilled cheese, portabella mushroom, black bean burger and “The Veg” sandwiches, and most of their sandwiches are gluten-free, making it an ideal spot for those with specific dietary restrictions.

Lincoln Park

Pizzeria da Nella

Address: 1443 W Fullerton Ave. Chicago, IL 60614

Price range: $$

For thin crust pizza of all kinds in Lincoln Park, Pizzeria da Nella has the selection you need. This restaurant has red and white pizzas topped with numerous toppings, like mozzarella, gorgonzola, salami, prosciutto cotto, basil, mushroom and more. Thin crust not your thing? Pizzeria da Nella offers three stuffed pizza options, too. You and your dog will love the atmosphere at this Italian favorite.

Basil Leaf Cafe

Address: 2465 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60614

Price range: $$

Basil Leaf Cafe is an Italian eatery that both carnivores and herbivores (and dogs!) will love.  Try the savory gorgonzola gnocchi, the creamy tortellini prosciutto or any of the other satisfying dishes. Basil Leaf Cafe also has a gluten-free menu with six different pasta options, too.

Lincoln Square

Bad Dog Tavern

Address: 4535 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60625

Price range: $$

If you’re done with a great dog walking session in Chicago’s Lincoln Square and want to refuel, Bad Dog Tavern could be your new spot. Offering the usual bar and grill foods like club sandwiches and build-your-own burgers, as well as non-traditional bar foods like pizza and fried calamari, Bad Dog gives you the option for variety. During the summer months, you can sit on the patio area for a cool ambience as you enjoy your food. If your dog is feeling a little dehydrated, they will even bring out a water dish for it.

Libero Café

Address: 5074 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60625

Price range: $$

This Lincoln Square spot is ideal when you want to grab some Mediterranean food and bring your dog along. Libero Café isn’t just a restaurant, though; they regularly have drink specials and even special musical performers. Want to stay out late? They’re open until 3 a.m. on Saturdays and 2 a.m. for the rest of the week.

Rockwell’s Neighborhood Grill

Address: 4632 N Rockwell St. Chicago, IL 60625

Price range: $$

When you want casual bar food that’s out of the ordinary, Rockwell’s Neighborhood Grill has a menu that satisfies. The restaurant offers typical grill food, like burgers (BBQ bacon, black-n-bleu and more) and sandwiches (the hot turkey or the skirt steak), but the menu also has a bit of a Mexican kick, too. Try their fajitas or blackened fish tacos for a change of pace. Want to swing by here on a weekend morning after taking your dog on a walk around Chicago? Rockwell’s opens at 10 a.m. and has an appetizing breakfast menu, too, including items like breakfast burritos and tacos, chorizo hash skillets, and French toast.

Near North Side

Calumet Fisheries

Address: 909 N Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60611

Price range: $/$$

When you and your dog feel like taking a trip under the sea, Calumet Fisheries fits the bill. The restaurant uses fresh ingredients and fish to craft their delectable entrees. A popular menu item? The fried shrimp, coated in a secret family recipe, and fries. Don’t forget to partake in their savory sides, like the breaded pickle spears or the sweet potato tots. You’ll be asking for seconds!

David Burke’s Primehouse

Address: 616 N. Rush St. Chicago, IL 60611

Prices range: $$$$

It may be one of the pricier restaurants on the list, but David Burke’s only offers the finest foods. Start the meal off with crab cakes topped with caviar or tuna tararae, and then you can move onto the real focus of the meal: the meats. You can try the 40-day rib eye, which seriouseats.com voted to be the No. 1 steak in Chicago, or the 75-day aged rib eye, which Rahm Fama of The Food Network voted as “the best steak ever.” Who knows —you could even cut off a little sliver of steak for your pup!

The Grill on the Alley

Address: 909 N Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60611

Price range: $$$

This restaurant is great for a more upscale experience, but you’ll only be able to bring your pooch if you’re sitting on the patio. Still, once summer rolls around, this will be the perfect dining option. They’ve filled the menu with classy options like cedar plank salmon and broiled Lake Superior whitefish—seafood is their specialty—as well as dishes like chicken piccata and filet mignon. As for your pooch? They’ll bring a dish of biscuits for it to enjoy, too. Bon appétit!

Hub 51

Address: 51 W Hubbard St. Chicago, IL 60654

Price range: $$$

Craving a certain food? Hub 51 probably has you covered. From their Chinese-infused selections, like miso soup and chicken egg rolls, to Mexican items, like filet mignon steak tacos and chicken enchilada stacks, to all-American eats, like big city cornbread, braised beef short ribs and their “first-rate” cheeseburger with hand-cut hub fries. If your dog can handle some human food, it may love Hub 51’s platter of housemade turkey jerky, beef jerky and thick bacon.

Scoozi

Address: 410 W. Huron St. Chicago, IL 60654

Price range: $$

In the warmer months, your dog can join you on Scoozi’s patio to soak in the gorgeous scenery. No matter what you choose from their Italian-filled menu, like their eggplant parmesan, truffle and lobster wood-fired pizza, or penne arrabbiata with sausage, you’ll leave with a full, satisfied stomach. Pasta lovers should hit up this eatery on Mondays to take advantage of Scoozi’s $10 pasta bowls. And if you’re a dessert lover, you’ll have to try Scoozi’s classic chocolate marchese cake.

Near West Side

Palace Grill

Address: 1408 W Madison St. Chicago, IL 6060

Price range: $

This place knows that sometimes there’s just no leaving your pup at home, so they welcome you to bring it along. They even have a special dog-friendly area on the patio complete with water bowls, so your dog can enjoy itself as you enjoy something from their wide menu selection. From breakfast to burgers, this eatery is a place your dog and you will both love.

Big Delicious Planet Canteen

Address: 412 North Wolcott Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

Price range: $$

Big Delicious Planet Canteen is for the dog-lover and the earth-lover in you. This eatery is a four-star certified “green” restaurant, locally growing more than 80 types of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers on its urban farm. Big Delicious Planet Canteen offers daily specials, like four-cheese ravioli, apricot-glazed chicken kebabs and five-space flank steak. Don’t forget to pick up one of the restaurant’s many desserts of the day, like the apple-raspberry tartlettes, Italian cream puffs or flourless chocolate red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese ganache.

Noble Square

Ugly Mug Cafe

Address: 2465 N Clark St. Chicago, IL 60614

Price range: $

The name may sound ugly, but don’t let it fool you! This café has gorgeous (and delicious!) breakfast and lunch options. Your dog can sit by your side as you enjoy a pumpkin scone, the “Open In Your Face” (a baked egg sandwich with Thousand Island dressing), or the “Life Changer” (a roast beef and swiss cheese sandwich on a pretzel roll bun).

Norwood Park

Superdawg Drive-In

Address: 6363 N Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60646

Price Range: $

How could you not make a stop at this one—it even has dog (or, OK, “dawg”) in the name! Superdawg offers, you guessed it, hot dogs. Here, they serve their classic spin on the Chicago-style dog, as well as an array of burgers and other sandwiches. This classic restaurant also has the old-school drive-in diner vibe that will make you nostalgic. And if your dog is one that has a stomach of steel, maybe it could even partake in a few bites of a hot dog. Hey, walking around Chicago can require a little refueling for a dog, too!

Pilsen

Dusek’s

Address: 1227 W 18th St. Chicago, IL 60608

Price range: $$

Dusek’s is all about the interesting (and awesome) dishes with fun names. Try the “crispy pig tails” (a wilted frisée salad with bacon lardoons and a gribiche sauce) or the “grilled juicy Lucy” (a farm-raised patty of ground beef, topped with bacon marmalade and served on a pretzel bun with duck fat fries on the side). This Pilsen stop also has an extensive draft beer list from which you can choose a frothy drink to wash down the filling food. The atmosphere is inviting, which is exactly what you and your dog need.

Doña Torta

Address: 3331 W 26th St. Chicago, IL 60623

Price range: $

There are sandwich lovers, and then there are tortas lovers. Restaurants create tortas, the oversized, possibly even more delicious cousin of the sandwich, by using circular bread made without yeast. At Doña Tortas, you’ll be able to choose from more than 20 torta options. They even have a breaded chicken, hot dog and bacon torta for the crowd that craves American food. The sandwiches are on the large size, so you may even have leftovers to take home (or, if you’ve spent all day walking your dog around Chicago, you may need the extra fuel!). Doña Torta offers non-sandwich Mexican foods, too. When you’re going to hit up this restaurant, be sure to stop by the ATM first—they don’t take debit.

Portage Park

Portage Grounds Coffee & Tea

Address: 5501 W. Irving Park Chicago, IL 60641

Price range: $

This coffee shop has become a local favorite, no matter what time of the year. In the summer months, you can cool off with their cold-brewed iced coffee or a frappe. In the winter, warm up with a soy hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and cinnamon. Portage Grounds Coffee & Tea brews up Intelligentsia Coffee, a Chicago original with a huge following. Dog walkers will love this spot after a day of strolling through the city.

Ukrainian Village

Takito Kitchen

Address: 2013 W Division St. Chicago, IL 60622

Price range: $$

Takito specializes in tacos that will satisfy whatever your taste buds are craving, including beef barbacoa, maple creek pork belly or lamb chorizo. They also have a vegan taco option for the meat-free crowd. Your dog can take in the scenery while you eat. Wash down the meal with one of Takito’s many tequila options for a pleasurable dining experience.

FatPour Tap Works

Address: 2013 W Division St. Chicago, IL 60622

Price range: $$

The restaurant’s options are hot items, and they are all given entertaining names, like “The Hipster” (a balsamic-infused burger topped with bleu cheese, mushrooms, onions, red wine reduction, roasted tomatoes and arugula) or “Pineapple Express” ( teriyaki-infused burger complete with stout caramelized pineapple, sriracha, chipotle plum jam, bacon and avocado). For all their menu options, FatPour suggests a type of beer, like IPAs or amber ales, that would pair well with your dish. While your dog can’t enjoy the brews, it can still enjoy itself at this lighthearted bar and grill.

Archie’s Iowa & Rockwell Tavern

Address: 2600 W. Iowa St. Chicago, IL 60622

Price range: $

After a long week, you want to unwind. That’s where Archie’s Iowa & Rockwell Tavern comes in. This dive bar attracts regulars and newcomers alike for the inexpensive drinks and their signature bar snack: cheese balls. The owners even allow dogs to come up to the bar—just make sure yours doesn’t order a beer!

West Loop

Karyn’s On Green

Address: 130 S Green St, Chicago, IL 60607

Price range: $$

If you’re an animal-lover, you may have extended that mindset to your diet as well. For the vegan dog walkers of Chicago, Karyn’s On Green is a slice of heaven. Choose from one of their appetizing entrees, like their zucchini pasta, “crab cakes” or fajita tacos made with portobello or “chicken.” Karyn’s On green has a completely raw menu, too. Their outdoor patio is dog-friendly, making it a must-see spot on days with comfortable temperatures.

Wishbone

Address: 1001 W. Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL 60607

Price range: $$

Whether you’re a vegetarian or meat lover, Wishbone has what you need. Try the N.C.-style pulled pork sandwich, the catfish po’boy or the veggie hoecakes for a refreshing, down-home meal. When you bring your dog here, the artwork hanging on the walls might mesmerize it.

Wicker Park

Hash

Address: 1357 N Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

Price range: $

Only opened from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hash is designed for brunching. When you go, you can try their namesake hashes, like the corned beef, the Humboldt (black beans and hominy topped with chihuahua cheese and either chorizo or soyrizo. You can also try any of their sandwiches, like their Greek chicken or “pig roast” (a pork shoulder topped with back, swiss cheese and apple). The relaxed atmosphere is perfect for dogs.

Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant

Address: 1858 W Wabansia Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

Price range: $

PBR lovers unite at Lincoln Tavern—and for good reason. With the Milwaukee original being offered for only $2 a pint and $7 a pitcher, you can get your drink on while still staying on budget. You can also order bar food, like French fries, here. It’s a neighborhood bar you’ll grow to love, and your dog will, too.

Nando Milano Trattoria

Address: 2114 W Division St. Chicago, IL 60622

Cuisine: Italian

Price range: $$

Want some amazing Italian food after a brisk stroll? Chicago dog walkers, rejoice: Nando Milano Trattoria is a pet place. Complete with an outdoor patio, your pooch can relax while you enjoy some gnocchi or fettuccine. The owners even have a dachshund named Nando—the restaurant’s namesake—so you know this is a dog-loving establishment.

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