Want to bring your furry friend everywhere you go? In Chicago, you can! From luxe hotel rooms to outdoor patios to river boat cruises, you and Fido can enjoy everything the city has to offer. Here’s a round-up of a few of the city’s most dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, and more
Stay: Dog-friendly hotels in Chicago
Bring along your best pal for a stay at the Viceroy Chicago. Nestled in the Gold Coast, blocks away from the lake, among several fine-dining restaurants, this is a luxurious stay. Dogs get a custom Viceroy dog bed, food and water bowls, plush pet toys and courtesy bags for walking your dog. Dog walking services can be booked through the hotel concierge and there is an amenity fee of $50 (25 lb limit and two pets per room).
The Hotel Zachary is a beautiful boutique hotel named after the architect who designed the next-door Wrigley Field. The hotel offers a Bark and Park Package that includes waived pet fee (normally $75), complimentary parking, branded accessories, toys and treats. To book the Bark and Park Package, use the promo code ZJ5 when making your reservation.
Live in the lap of luxury in this mid-century modern boutique hotel in Chicago’s Gold Coast. The Thompson Chicago invites guests to bring their furry friends with the Posh Pups Package. One block to the east is the Lakefront Trail, perfect for morning walks. One block to the west are some of the mainstay restaurants in the city, such as Carmine’s and Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse, with pup-friendly patios.
Pets are welcome at the newly opened Hyatt Place Chicago/Wicker Park. For an additional fee of $75, bring up to two dogs to this fresh and modern hotel. Right in the center of Wicker Park, you’ll be blocks away from great restaurants and coffee shops, and other neighborhood furry friends!
The Guesthouse Hotel in Andersonville has only 25 rooms, making it feel homey for you and your pet. Complimentary beds, food, and water bowls and baggies are available upon request.
Eat: Dog-friendly restaurants in Chicago
Enjoy the dog days of summer at Patio at Cafe Brauer. Bring along your dogs to bask in the precious sunshine. With daily specials and local beers, this spot right by the Lincoln Park Zoo brings you everything Chicago has to offer.
In the West Loop, Formento’s spacious patio is the perfect spot to hang with your pup and enjoy cocktails and home-style Italian favorites.
Take your pooch with you to experience a few moments of history. Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse River North creates a unique dining experience with memorabilia from the famed sports commentator’s career. Take in downtown with your dog on their patio this summer.
Gaijin in West Loop specializes in okonomiyaki, a savory pancake. With a variety of dishes, including shaved ice and mochi donuts for dessert, Gaijin welcomes guests with smaller dogs in their outdoor patio space.
Vermilion serves a delicious combination of Latin and Indian fusion, from its food to its cocktails. Guests are invited to bring their dogs to sit with them at the outer tables on the restaurant’s outdoor patio.
From its hearth-to-table fare to its cocktails and wine to the music upstairs, The Promontory is an ode to Promontory Point and Hyde Park. Plus, there’s a dog-friendly patio for pooches and their parents.
Play & shop: Dog-friendly things to do in Chicago
Dogs ride free on your next Shoreline Sightseeing boat tour. Take in Chicago’s famed architecture along its infamous river or Lake Michigan.
Tails in the City, a luxury pet boutique store, offers fun clothes, toys and accessories for taking care of — or dressing up — your furry friend.
Wixter Market specializes in all types of frozen (there’s more than one way to freeze!) seafood. Freshness and sustainability are their top priorities for their customers, even the four-legged ones. Pet Health Extra Virgin Salmon Oil is an easy way to keep pets healthy by providing vital nutrients for a better immune system, shinier coat, stronger joints, increased energy and more, all by simply topping your pet’s food with this flavorless addition.