Where canine hospitality is concerned, Wicker Park-Bucktown is top dog. And let’s face it: sometimes, your dog just needs to let loose (do you even understand how stressful sleeping all day can be?). Whether you’re after food, drinks, coffee, or recreation, these 14 spots have you covered.
If your friendly dog is looking for a patio bite, the area is hands-down one of the most accommodating in the city. Here are a few tasty choices:
The 64-seat patio at Mott Street is all set with water bowls and amazing human food from Chef Edward Kim. Try the kimchi and Oaxaca empanadas (and they serve brunch too!).
The line is often down the block for a patio spot at Big Star (but if you just can’t wait for tacos and guac, fear not–the walk-up patio is also dog-friendly!). Bring a human friend and knock out one of those tasty margarita pitchers.
Fatpour Tap Works
Almost all of Division’s patios from Western to Ashland are dog-friendly (call ahead!), but with patio screens and great specials, Fatpour Tapworks is a safe bet to catch a game over drinks and dinner. Make every Sunday a celebration: Champagne bottles are $20!
For the pup who knows what she wants (a great burger), look no further than Small Cheval, Au Cheval’s stripped down retro burger joint. One reviewer asserts that he “could swim in that garlic aioli.”
Indulge in a Royale Cup or two and some patio curry at Pub Royale, the popular and decorated Anglo-Indian pub from Heisler Hospitality. The only thing better than butternut squash dahl and garlic naan is butternut squash dahl and garlic naan with your dog.
Jack & Ginger’s
If your pup has had a little too much weekend and needs some brunch to nurse his hangover, hit Jack and Ginger’s for a $4 mimosa or house bloody. And Jack and Gingers are $5 every day, obviously.
If you or your pup prefer to take more of an herbivorous approach to life, Clever Rabbit has ya covered. With more than a few vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and/or dairy-free options, Clever Rabbit has something for everybody–even the meat-eaters. To pup it all off, they have a crazy good brunch spread, an eclectic wine list, and creative cocktails.
Milk & Honey Café is serving up gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, made-from-scratch soups, and house-made pastries. They serve breakfast and lunch seven days a week, and their spacious patio is the perfect spot to relax with your pup.
Whether you already ate or are holding out for the tamale guy, these dog-friendly neighborhood joints are loved by dogs and humans alike.
For prime people watching on Division, snag a spot on Easy Bar’s front patio. They’re known for their great weekday deals, including their incredible half-off everything happy hour special from 5-7pm.
If you and your dog are looking for a no-frills atmosphere full of locals and virtually unheard of drink specials, head to Bucktown’s beloved corner Corner Bar. Seriously, they have $2 U-Call-It cocktails and shots on Sundays.
Local favorite Bucktown Pub is dog-friendly until the pizzas hit at 8. One reviewer said the place is so well-loved by her daughter’s 2 English Bulldogs that they now know (and respond excitedly to!) the word “pub.”
Home to three Chicago Park District Dog-Friendly Areas, Wicker Park-Bucktown hit the dog park lottery! Check these out for some prime playing (and lots of pets).
Churchill Field Dog Park
Churchill field is a tight-knit community of owners with all kinds of dogs to play with. It’s also right off the 606, so it’s a no-brainer stop if you’re on a walk with your best friend. To cool off, your pooch can hit the baby pool off; when seasonally appropriate, you can grab an Italian ice at Miko’s across the street.
Wicker Park DFA
Don’t be fooled by its size–dogs get still in some serious playtime at the corner dog area nestled into Wicker Park proper. Friendly humans are always willing to share a bag (remember, there’s no poop fairy!), but it can get pretty busy during peak times, so plan ahead if your dog needs a little more space.
Walsh Dog Park
A bit longer than other area parks, human fans report Walsh is a great place to play ball. There’s also a very small water fountain for dogs that produces not only adequate hydration, but also a lot of really adorable Instagram photos.
There are so many exciting things to eat and drink and do in Wicker Park-Bucktown. Try one of these 14 fun ideas, and you’re well on your way to a dog-gone great day!
Psst…Don’t forget to take pictures of your four-legged friend while you’re out and about! Share them with us on Instagram and use #SidewalkDog–we just might feature you!