Temps are rising, and tbh, so are our appetites. Where can your pup get delicious noms, a little exercise, and all the sights and smells she can handle? Everypuppy who’s anypuppy knows that a trip to one of these Chicago farmers markets is just about as good as it gets. And while we as a city are heckin’ blessed to have tons of great markets to choose from, here are eight of the best fur your next dog-friendly outing.
Glenwood Sunday Market | Sundays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fresh local foods paired with the fight for social justice? Sign us up! Glenwood Sunday Market is passionate about food access and your pup’s farmers market safety. Recently profiled in The Chicago Tribune regarding best practices for bringing your pal along to shop, the folks at Glenwood Sunday Market are basically experts in the field of dog-friendly farmers markets. They’ve even implemented a “canine concierge” service to help pups (and their people) when they need a break!
Logan Square Farmers Market | Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Logan Square Farmers Market is bustling every Sunday of the year, and its outdoor summer market is absolutely fantastic for dogs. Of course there’s tons of great food, produce, plants, flowers, coffee, beauty products, and really everything you could ever want, but there’s also plenty of open space nearby to get away or take a sit, and there’s a great dog treat booth full of people who can’t wait to meet your friend. Um, and sometimes there are goats, which just felt really meaningful to add (brb, Googling goat adoptions).
Portage Park Farmers Market | First, third, and fifth Sundays of the month, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Portage Park Farmers Market has crepes, French fruits, pastries, meats, cheeses, eggs, a knife sharpener, live music, and often, a dang balloon artist. There’s a dog park on the opposite corner of the park, and there are often doggy-specific vendors with tasty treats for your pal. Looking to add to your pack? Chicago Animal Care & Control frequents the place with adoptable shelter buddies patiently waiting to be your forever crepe ‘n pastry inspector.
Wicker Park Farmers Market | Sundays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Located in dog-friendly Wicker Park, this market has a fantastic array of baked goods, fresh cheeses, meats, flowers, and there are usually dog treats fur purchase. And it, too, is dog park-adjacent! Have yourselves a solid play at the fenced-in dog park, meander across the street to Big Star for taco on the dog-friendly patio, or stroll over to the 606 for a solid Sunday walk.
Nettelhorst French Market | Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Nettelhorst is on the smaller side, so it’s much more manageable for all those good dogs out there who get overwhelmed by all the artisanal goods. Loaded with exceptional vendors, incredible baked goods and luscious produce await you in this expertly curated market that is perfect for your ding dong who does better with smaller crowds. Suburban woofs can get in on the action, too–there are sister markets in Glencoe, Wheaton, Lisle, Wilmette, Glen Ellyn, Western Springs, and Geneva.
61st Street Farmers Market | Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
61st Street Market features several produce, meat, prepared vendors, and possibly the world’s friendliest cheesemonger. Pups will love all there is to see and smell as they explore this one. They offer cooking classes, yoga in the park, live music, and sibling story time (pawfect for your chill pup and her smol human). The market also offers food stamp assistance (matching LINK up to $25) and is across the street from Woodlawn’s Experimental Station, home to Blackstone Bicycle Works and other furbulous projects.
Horner Park Farmers Market | Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Horner Park Farmers Market supports environmentally sustainable agriculture and encourages social gathering over delicious tamales, cupcakes, fruits and veggies, meats, cheese, coffee, energy bars, and more. And did we mention that it’s dog park adjacent? The park’s brand new Horner Park Dog Park is one of the best (and largest!) in the whole dang city, so it’s got everything your pup needs to chomp before she flomps. And there’s real grass. REAL GRASS!
Green City Market Lincoln Park | Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Green City Market is always filled with doggos–and since it’s next to two big fields and meandering paths through Lincoln Park, there’s lots of activity. One vendor, Seedling, brings a Golden Retriever that some even think of as the “market mascot” as he visits other vendors and patrons throughout the market. There’s also live music in the field, where you can find lots of peeps hangin’ with their pups. This market is big with stroller fams, but whether your stroller has a human or a tiny fluffboi in it, you’re gonna have a good time.
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