A Dog-Friendly Chicago Walking Guide

Check out Chicago’s famous Loop neighborhood with your dog in tow.
By: PawCulture Editors
A dog walking along Lake Michigan in Chicago.

With 26 miles of lakefront, 20-plus dog parks and hundreds of dog-friendly shops and restaurants, Chicago is the perfect place to vacation with your pup.

The city is divided into 77 community areas and among the most popular is city’s downtown district, known as The Loop. Featuring shops, businesses, theaters and restaurants, The Loop is the perfect place to spend an afternoon with your dog.

Our walking guide starts on the famed Magnificent Mile, a stretch of Michigan Avenue that’s home to upscale shops, restaurants and even some dog-friendly boutiques. From there, you’ll head to the beach (dip your toes in Lake Michigan if you dare—it tends to stay cool) then take in the view of downtown from Navy Pier. Although it’s an iconic part of Chicago’s city skyline, dogs aren’t allowed on the Centennial Ferris wheel, so you’ll need to snap selfies from the ground. If you have time, you can also hop onto a dog-friendly boat cruise that departs from the pier.

The 3.5-mile walk also includes stops along the Chicago Riverwalk for you to rest and enjoy some grub and at an off-leash dog park that’s a favorite among locals.

Chicago walking guide map

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