Barks and Recreation: The Best Chicago Dog Parks for Your Pup to Let Loose

Did you know the Queen song “I Want To Break Free” is actually about a dog finally getting off his leash? Okay, no, it’s not–but you’ll definitely be singing it next time you let your pup roam around the dog park to his heart’s content! Whether you want your dog to socialize, exercise, or just roll around and sniff everything in sight, the opportunities for a perfectly nature-filled afternoon are endless at these awesome dog parks.

Jackson Bark
This award-winning park is dog-full of amenities for you and your pup to enjoy: drinking-water stations, bag stations, a shaded “pup lounge,” toys, ramps and other fun objects to climb on, and SO much more. This is a must-stop for some socialization and play!

Take it from a satisfied local: “Great place to play with your dog, all run by volunteers! There are lots of fun things for the dogs to play with at Jackson Bark. Love it here and can’t wait to come back!”

Puptown Dog Park
Located in Margate Park, this volunteer-maintained off-leash area is close to the Lakefront Trail and has a doggie drinking fountain to keep your pup hydrated!

Take it from a satisfied local: “Great place to come let your dog play awhile. Fully enclosed, and plenty of clean-up stations. It is big enough to throw a ball across. Lots of friendly people and dogs here.”

@wrigleyred_thegolden cooling and drooling at Wiggly Field

“Wiggly Field” 
Located near Wrigley Field, this spot is one of the most famous and popular dog parks in the city. There’s a doggie drinking fountain, a small dog enclosure, and agility equipment on site!

Take it from a satisfied local: “Love this dog park! Street parking is usually available, people clean up after their pooches, and there’s plenty of seating. A bit bigger than most in the city.”

Portage Park Dog Friendly Area
This small pup-friendly area makes up for its size with great features, including ample shade, water bowls, dog toys, and even a kiddie pool for the furry ones! The dog park committee also loves to host fun events throughout the year to help you and your pooch make new fur-iends.

Take it from a satisfied local: “People are friendly, park is kept clean, there are poop bags available, there are wading pools and water bowls and toys for the dogs to play with. My dog loves it here.”

Lake Shore East Dog Park
Located along the southern edge of Lake Shore East Park, this beautiful little dog park features a doggie drinking fountain to keep your doggo in tip-pup shape while you socialize and play.

Take it from a satisfied local: “This is an excellent little tucked away park. The park sits low so it is quiet. A great little escape even when the nearby city is bustling.”

@urbanmutt_chilidog in his element at Montrose Dog Beach

Montrose Dog Beach
This large fenced-off dog area located at the north end of Montrose Beach is a great place to let your pooch frolic in the water or do the doggy paddle. There’s a paid dog-washing station onsite, and our sources tell us that dog food trucks make appearances on many weekends!

Take it from a satisfied local: “Truly a phenomenal dog park. Completely fenced in, with double door at the entrance. Had no trouble taking my dog off the leash, other dogs and their owners were very nice and welcoming.”

It’s a simple equation, really: you bring the dogs, they supply the parks. Plus there’s even more to choose from in our directory. Get going and enjoy them! Then, let us live vicariously through you by tagging pics of your off-leash fun with #SidewalkDog on Instagram!

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