Taking your pooch out and about for the day can seem like a fun adventure until it comes to taking a break. Unfortunately, not all restaurants are dog-friendly which can leave you disappointed when looking for a spot where both you and your canine can enjoy a meal in a relaxing atmosphere.
More and more restaurants are becoming licensed to welcome dogs on their outdoor patios, which is great news for dog lovers everywhere. Here we’ll introduce you to our absolute favorite pet (and owner) friendly spots in town!
Dog Friendly Spots by the Water
Summer months are the best for hanging out near the water, going for a run along the lakefront, or even just strolling down the riverside. So, when you want to relax and get out of the heat, it is best to have a plan and know exactly where you and your pooch can sit down for a cooling rest.
Harry Carry’s Tavern, Navy Pier – 600 E. Grand Ave., Navy Pier
You and your canine can enjoy the lovely lakefront view from Harry Carry’s patio. While you indulge in their selection of local craft beer and nibble on some smoky barbeque, your pooch can rehydrate with their own souvenir water bowl courtesy of the Tavern. The large screen TVs outside mean that you won’t miss out on any live games while you relax with your best furry friend.
O’Brien’s River Walk Café – 45 E. Riverwalk S
For a more laid-back atmosphere, settle in under the umbrellas at O’Brien’s by the river. Serving everything from Caesar salad to burgers and steak, you’re bound to find something tasty on the menu. Meanwhile, O’Brien’s offers dog-friendly seating at their outdoor sidewalk tables.
The Dock at Montrose Beach – 200 W. Montrose Harbor Dr.
Spend a lazy afternoon at Montrose Dog Beach, before heading over to The Dock. Enjoy a chilled-out atmosphere on The Dock’s patio with your pup, while sipping on cooling lemonade or enjoying a burger and a beer. Dogs are welcome and offered water bowls so they can rehydrate while they enjoy the afternoon.
Dog Friendly Spots for a Drink
Sometimes all you want to do is take a casual break with your friends and go down to the local pub. Fortunately, in many places, you can now bring your dog as well and enjoy a friendly afternoon or evening having a few beers, a few laughs, and a few barks.
Begyle Brewing Company – 1800 W. Cuyler Ave.
Offering a selection of locally brewed beer as well as a friendly atmosphere, the Begyle Brewing Company has become a well-respected local venue – and not just for guests with two legs. The taproom keeps water bowls at the ready for four-legged friends as well as the occasional doggie treat for the well behaved.
Clark Street Ale House – 742 N. Clark St.
With over two-dozen beers on tap and a spacious garden at the back, Clark Street Ale House offers a great dog-friendly spot to enjoy a drink outdoors. They also have a local community of dog lovers who regularly organize ‘dog-parties’ where dogs and their humans can mix and mingle.
The Fifty/50 – 2047 W Division St.
If you’re looking for a sport and a snack next to your beer, then look no further than Fifty/50 in Ukrainian Village. This boisterous sports bar boasts a giant patio where your pooch is always welcome. They not only have water bowls at the ready, but they also sell doggie snacks, like rawhide bones and greasy pigs’ ears so your pup can munch along with you.
Dog Friendly Spots for Fine Dining
Fine dining doesn’t have to mean leaving your pooch at home. Check out these dog-friendly restaurants where you can enjoy a gourmet experience while relaxing outside with your dog.
Pierrot Gourmet – 108 E. Superior St.
Enjoy a spot in the sun and do some people watching at this European-style bistro overlooking Rush Street. The emphasis is on French bistro cuisine, such as quiche and tartines, accompanied by a selection of fine wines as well as a delectable array of pastries. At Pierrot Gourmet, the al fresco dining experience also extends to your four-legged pal, as they offer a refined menu for pets as well.
Somerset – 1112 N. State St.
Boasting a 90-seat patio, this newly opened Gold Coast restaurant is not only dog-friendly but offers an incredible dining experience. Their Michelin star chef, Lee Wolen, has focused the menu around American cuisine using seasonally available ingredients.
Juniper Spirits & Oysters – 1244 N. Dearborn Pkwy.
For a sophisticated seafood experience, consider Juniper Spirits & Oysters where both you and your dog can enjoy the treasures of the sea. Indulge in the refined flavors of Juniper’s hand-crafted gin-based martinis while sharing a plate of fresh seafood with friends. And you won’t be drinking alone as Juniper offers a special menu of canine cocktails all made with pet-friendly ingredients.
Taking your dog for a day out can definitely be enjoyable and with our guide for dog-friendly restaurants you can now easily find a place to relax together with your pupperino. So, whether you’re in the mood for a quick bite after a run on the waterfront, a casual beer with friends, or something fancier, you can always find somewhere that your furry angel can tag along!
And, don’t forget, if you need any dog walking assistance, Cruisin’ Canines is your go-to Chicago dog walkers!