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 some of the best fur your next dog-friendly outing.
Glenwood Sunday Market
Sundays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 6 through October 24
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. These folks 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! Learn more about safety protocols here.
Logan Square Farmers Market
Sundays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 9 through October 31
Logan Square Farmers Market‘s 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. There’s even a dog treat booth full of people who can’t wait to meet your friend. LINK is matched up to $25 as well. Um, and sometimes there are goats, which just felt really meaningful to add (BRB, Googling goat adoptions, one sec). Learn more about safety protocols here.
Portage Park Farmers Market
First, third, and fifth Sundays of the month, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 6 through October 3
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. May 16 through October 31
Located in dog-friendly Wicker Park, Wicker Park Farmers 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 tacos on the dog-friendly patio, or stroll over to the 606 for a solid Sunday walk.
61st Street Farmers Market
Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 16 through October 31
61st Street Farmers Market features several produce, meat, prepared food 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 matches 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. June 5 through October 2
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. May through October
Green City Market Lincoln Park 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.
Featured photo: Zen Chung
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