10 Must-Sniff Spots in Chicago’s Dog-Friendly River North

This article is sniffed out and served to you in partnership with The Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago.

Chicago’s River North is a veritable dog-friendly paradise where our furry friends basically run the show.

Here’s the scoop on 10 of River North’s most poppin’ pups-welcome establishments:

The Anti-Cruelty Society is full of good boys and girls just waiting for a couch like yours! Pay them a visit and you may just find your new Netflix bud.

Beatrix loves to see their dog friends on the patio for coffee, food, and hangs. Whether for a 6 a.m. pastry or an evening Gin Fizz, we’re sure your pup will be glad to keep you company.

Nordstrom welcomes dogs of all sizes inside! One reviewer reports her pittie had a blast and got pets in every department (just like she deserves).

Ohio Place Dog Park has lots of room for your dog to blow off some steam. It’s described by reviewers as perfect for larger dogs, too, due to its narrow shape with plenty of space to run.

Doughnut Vault has loads of tasty hand-crafted old fashioned and glazed donuts and a pup-friendly patio. They provide water bowls on request, too.

Clark Street Ale House is pretty much a dog owner’s dream. With loads of beers, a great patio, and a dogs-welcome-inside policy, Clark Street Ale House is on every dog’s list of Chicago faves.

Firecakes likes to imagine a world where a donut or churro is just an ice cream sandwich waiting to happen. Load ‘em up and share with your best friend on their patio.

The Shops at Northbridge welcome all the dogs, big and small. Your fuzzy sidekick can hang in most of the shops. Skip the food court, but hit up their pet comfort stations for treats.

3 Greens Market can’t wait to meet your pups on their seasonal patio. This food hall is also home to Small Cheval so you’re gonna need to get double fries.

Mercury Canine Cruises Okay, okay…so it’s technically a *smidge* outside River North, but we’re talking dogs on boats here, dang it! Grab a seat on summer weekends (and special holidays) and hit the high seas. Coming up on June 8: The Anti-Cruelty Society’s annual cruise, a 90-minute boat tour of the (b)architecture along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan with your woofer. Tickets are $30 per human and free fur dogs.

(Photo by Patrice Alsteen)

This article was made paw-sible by our partners at The Anti-Cruelty Society, Chicago’s oldest and most comprehensive animal welfare organization. They care for and protect animals by facilitating adoptions, providing affordable spay/neuter surgeries, and building a community of caring through outreach and education. Check out their outstanding community programs and adoptable pets today.

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