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Things to Bring

This is a list of things we suggest you bring when dining with your dog.
Things in bold are important items, others are extras or less essential.
  • ID tags on your dog (including Chicago license if applicable)
  • Pick-up bags
  • Your dog first aid kit
  • Water and a bowl

What to Expect

Dining with your dog can be a fun experience for both of you, provided your dog is ready for the outdoor restaurant environment. Dogs should be well behaved and trained before accompanying you to dinner. It is helpful if you dog knows a "down - stay" or "sit - stay" as it can be very difficult to eat while holding your dog's leash if they are wandering around, not to mention disturbing to other restaurant patrons. Of course there will be food around and most likely waiters carrying trays so your dog should be well-behaved around food-- no begging! Dogs are not allowed inside any place which serves food, so if this is a "self-service" restaurant you will need to have someone  who can go inside and order.

Where to Go

Chicago passed a new "Dog Friendly Dining" ordinance effective in 2008. To allow dogs in their outdoor dining areas, restaurants must purchase a Supplement License for Dog Friendly Areas. There are rules and regulations which the restaurants must follow in order to allow dogs and dogs are not allowed to be petted or handled by staff members or fed while at the restaurant.  Dogs must have a city license and proof of vaccinations.

We recommend you call ahead before bringing your dog to any restaurant as some restaurants may not allow dogs if they are very busy or on certain nights or times, or may not have their outdoor tables set up depending on the weather.

Dog Friendly Restaurants Map
NOTE: This map lists the restaurants with the 2010 Dog Friendly license, as we were unable to obtain the info for 2011. However they are 2-year licenses, so most of these should still be valid.
We recommend calling ahead of time to be sure they still have a license.

Here is a map of all the restaurants in Chicago with Dog Friendly licenses. For an alphabetical listing by area check below.
Those with a picture of a fork and knife are the restaurants, the ones with a burger and drink picture are casual dining, and the ones with a drink picture are bars or taverns which serve food.

View Dog Friendly Dining in a larger map

Dog Friendly Restaurants (alphabetical)

312 Chicago 136 N Lasalle St Chicago, IL 60602 (312) 696-2420

Adobo Grill 1610 N Wells St Chicago, IL 60614 (312) 266-7999

Adobo Grill 2005 W Division St Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 252-9990

Bad Dog Tavern 4535 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60625 (773) 334-4040

Blackies 755 S Clark St Chicago, IL 60605 (312) 786-1161

Boundary 1932 W Division St Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 278-1919

Brasserie JO 59 West Hubbard Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 595-0800

Bull and Bear 431 N. Wells Chicago, IL 60654 (312) 527-5973

Charmers 1500 W Jarvis Ave Chicago, IL 60626 (773) 743-2233

Chicago Joe's 2256 W Irving Park Rd Chicago, IL 60618 (773) 478-7000

Daily Bar & Grill 4560 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60625 (773) 561-6198

Dawghaus Cafe 6219 N Sheridan Rd Chicago, IL 60660 (773) 761-3294

Dunlay's On Clark 2600 N Clark St Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 883-6000

Eve 840 N Wabash Ave Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 266-3383

Feast Restaurant & Bar 25 E Delaware Pl Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 337-4001

Finly Mahony's 3701 N Broadway St Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 549-0097

Four Farthings Tavern 2060 N Cleveland Ave Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 935-2060

Four Moon Tavern 1847 W Roscoe St Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 929-6666

Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar 3358 N Paulina St Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 248-5222

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse 1028 N Rush St Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 266-8999

Glunz Bavarian Haus 4128 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60618 (773) 472-4287

Hub 51 51 W Hubbard St Chicago, IL 60654 (312) 828-0051

Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House 1024 N Rush St Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 640-0999

Innjoy 2051 W Division St Chicago, IL 60622 (312) 394-2066

Jefferson Tap 325 N Jefferson St Loop/West Loop Chicago, IL 60661 (312) 648-0100

Joe's Sports Bar 940 W Weed St Chicago, IL 60642 (312) 337-3486

John's Place 1202 W Webster Ave Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 525-6670

Jury's 4337 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60618 (773) 935-2255

LuxBar 18 E Bellevue Pl Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 642-3400

Moonshine 1824 W Division St Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 862-8686

Natalino's 1523 W Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60642 (312) 997-3700

O'Brien's Restaurant 1528 N Wells St Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 787-3131

O'Briens Riverwalk Cafe 45 E Riverwalk S Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 346-3131

PJ Clarkes 1204 N State Pkwy Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 664-1650

Riverview Tavern 1958 W Roscoe St Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 248-9523

Rl Restaurant Ralph Lauren 115 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 475-1100

Rockit Bar & Grill-Wrigleyville 3700 N Clark St Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 645-4400

Sage  2465 N Clark St Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 348-7243

Scoozi 410 W Huron St Chicago, IL 60654 (312) 943-5900

Small Bar 2049 W Division St Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 772-2727

Smoke Daddy Restaurant 1804 W Division St Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 772-6656

Southport Lanes & Billiards 3325 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 472-6600

The Fifty/50 2047 W. Division St. Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 489-5050

Via Carducci la Sorella 1928 W Division St Chicago, IL 60622

Vong Thai Kitchen 6 W Hubbard St Chicago, IL 60654 (312) 644-8664

Related Books Links

"Urban Dog: The Ultimate Street Smarts Training Manual" By Cis Frankel

"City Dog: Chicago" By Cricky Long

"Metrodog: The Essential Guide to Raising Your Dog in the City" By Brian Kilcommons

"The Dog Lover's Companion to Chicago" By Margaret Littman


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