Summer in Chicago means getting out and enjoying the sun and the beautiful city. But that doesn't mean you need to leave your dog behind.
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Here are five great outdoor parks to take your dog and tips for having a great time:
- Grant Park, 951 S. Columbus Drive located north and west of 9th Street with a service yard south of Balbo (.36 acres)
- Montrose Beach, Wilson Street & Lake Shore Drive at the North end of Montrose Beach
- Lincoln Park, Montrose & Simonds Drive at the north end of Montrose Beach, adjacent to the former boat launch (3.83 acres)
- Coliseum Park, 1466 S. Wabash Ave., located under the elevated tracks (.06 acres)
- Noethling Playlot Park, 2645 N. Sheffield Ave., located north of Wrightwood east of Sheffield, (.37 acres)
The Chicago Park District offers a list of the dog friendly parks, beaches and other areas on their website. You can search by your neighborhood or zip code to find the park closest to you.
Tips for a safe, happy time
Before you head out, you’ll need a permit. These permits are a joint effort between the park district and the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association to keep the dog areas safe for everyone to enjoy. You can get a permit for $5 per dog by visiting a participating veterinarian.
Also, dogs must be licensed, fully immunized and dewormed. No food is allowed in the parks as well as puppies under four months old. Don’t forget – you’re responsible for your pet so before you go, check out all of the other rules and regulations.
If you’re dog is unruly, disobedient or could at all be a danger to other dogs or people, it’s not a good idea to take him or her to these public areas.
Be sure to bring plenty of water. With rising temperatures and your dog running around, they’ll need to stay hydrated.
Don’t forget to clean up after your dog. Besides keeping the parks clean and enjoyable, you’ll also want to avoid the $500 fine that can come with leaving a mess behind.