Dog friendly areas are designated sections within Chicago parks or beaches, where dogs are allowed to run and play off-leash, the only areas in the city where this is allowed.  Until the creation of these areas, dogs were only allowed in the city’s parks on a leash. Many of these sites provide features such as doggie drinking fountains, separate areas for shy dogs, dog owner bulletin boards, trash receptacles and extra doggie bags.

The owner or other responsible person bringing any dog into a dog friendly area must have a permit and tag issued by a participating Veterinarian for each dog.

Dogs without a permit and tag are subject to a $500 fine.


  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Para influenza and Parvovirus
  • Bordetella
  • Leptospirosis
  • Stool Sample

If your dog meets these requirements, we can provide a Dog Friendly Area Permit. The permit is $10 and valid for the calendar year.

Go here to see a map of Dog Friendly Areas near you!