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21 dog-friendly patios in Chicago

These dog-friendly patios have treats and water bowls so your pal doesn't have to be far when you're out enjoying summer

Dogs and their human companions participate in Bark in the Park, a 5k run/walk at Montrose Harbor on May 3, 2014.
Photograph: Mark Wright Dogs and their human companions participate in Bark in the Park, a 5k run/walk at Montrose Harbor on May 3, 2014.

Dog-friendly patios make city life a breeze for your canine friends. Bring your furry pal along to some of the best Chicago bars, restaurants and breweries that offer everything from special doggy menus to dog parties. While you're at it, get your pup some new swag at one of the best pet stores in Chicago and show him off around town. Make sure to add these dog-friendly spots to your list of things to do this summer in Chicago.

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21 dog-friendly patios in Chicago

Begyle Brewing
Bars, Breweries

Begyle Brewing Company

icon-location-pin North Center

This dog-loving taproom won't serve your doggy beer, but they do have water bowls ready and treats for the good dogs.

Photograph: Sara Freund
Bars, Breweries

Dovetail Brewery

icon-location-pin North Center

There's something about dogs and breweries that just feel right. This taproom is open to all dogs and they, of course, have water bowls as well.

Antipasto at 312 Chicago.
Photograph: Colin Beckett
Restaurants, Italian

312 Chicago

icon-location-pin Loop

This dog-friendly patio offers not only water bowls, but a special menu for your pup, too. While you dine on Italian dishes, your pup can chow down on salmon and white rice, peanut butter biscuits or a savory beefsicle.

Bars, Sports Bars


icon-location-pin Old Town

You and your dog are welcome on Benchmark's patio. The bar staff sits water bowls out for your furry friend, plus they have yummy dog dishes like a plain burger, chicken or carrots.

Restaurants, Contemporary American

freestyle food+drink

icon-location-pin River North

The patio at freestyle food + drink at the Dana Hotel and Spa is the perfect retreat for your pup. They offer a Pet Patio Package for $10, which includes a plush pet, a signature water bowl and a gourmet treat. If you're planning a staycation with your four-legged friend, the hotel offers a special hotel package with goodies like a customized dog tag, dog-friendly attractions and an in-room doggy bed and bowl. The concierge even arranges doggy massages and pet psychics on request.

Photograph: Courtesy The Dock at Montrose Beach
Things to do

The Dock at Montrose Beach

icon-location-pin Uptown

Relax and rehydrate at this restaurant and bar on the beach. You can usually find live music and there will always be dog bowls with water. When Fluffy gets a little antsy, take him down the road to the dog-friendly area at Montrose Beach.

Bars, Beer bars

Clark Street Ale House

icon-location-pin River North

Clark Street Ale House is dog central. The bar's spacious beer garden in the back welcomes all kinds of canines. A few regulars tend to organize "dog parties" a couple times each month so dog-owners and their pups get a chance to make new friends.

Photograph: Clayton Hauck
Restaurants, Soul and southern American

Parson's Chicken & Fish

icon-location-pin Logan Square

Parson's is a huge fan of dogs. The patio is the perfect summertime spot, and you'll find plenty of water dishes to go around. Most likely, there will be some dog treats in the back, too.

Photograph: Courtesy Spoke and Bird
Restaurants, Coffee shops

Spoke & Bird

icon-location-pin Near South Side

Spoke & Bird is a small restaurant, bar and café with a giant tree-lined patio. The best part about this dog-friendly spot is the awesome dog park just two blocks away with pools, a track, obstacles and toys.

Big Star
Photograph: Martha Williams
Bars, Mezcalerias

Big Star

icon-location-pin Wicker Park

Big Star's patio is great, but it's even better when you bump into a cute furry friend. Bring your dog, eat some tacos and drink some margaritas till the sun goes down.

Photograph: JJ Jetel
Bars, Breweries

Hopewell Brewing Co.

icon-location-pin Logan Square

This happy brewery has plenty of water dishes, treats, love and affection for all puppy visitors. Dogs are welcome inside the taproom, too.

Bars, Pubs

The Boundary

icon-location-pin Wicker Park

This huge sports bar might get a little noisy for your dog, but the sidewalk patio is the perfect place to post up. Grab a shaded seat near a tree, order one of the 120 plus beers on the menu and find a water dish for your companion.

Photograph: Marina Makropoulos
Restaurants, Pizza

Roots Handmade Pizza

icon-location-pin East Village

Both pups and people are welcome at this pizzeria. There's beer for the humans and water bowls for the dogs.

Corridor Brewery and Provisions
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
Bars, Breweries

Corridor Brewery & Provisions

icon-location-pin Lake View

The Southport Corridor is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll with your four-legged friend. Give your pup time to find new smells while you relax with a craft beer on the sidewalk patio.

Bars, Beer bars

Small Bar

icon-location-pin Avondale

All size dogs are welcome at Small Bar's patio. There's a few communal water bowls, so no one goes thirsty.

Photograph: Courtesy Fifty/50
Bars, Sports Bars


icon-location-pin Ukrainian Village

This Wicker Park sports bar loves when dogs hang out on its patio. Obviously they have water bowls, but better yet, they sell rawhide bones and greasy pig ears to keep your pups busy.

Photograph: Nicole Radja
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Howells & Hood

icon-location-pin Streeterville

The giant patio at Howells & Hood is dog-friendly and has more than 100 beers on tap to quench human thirst. If your puppy is parched, the staff is happy to bring out a plastic to-go bowl filled with water.

Restaurants, Contemporary American

Uncommon Ground

icon-location-pin Wrigleyville

Relax with your puppy at the spacious patio and lounge area at Uncommon Ground. Water dishes are available if your pet needs a cool drink.

Photograph: Neil Burger
Restaurants, Pizza

Parlor Pizza Bar

icon-location-pin West Loop

Take your dog to this lovely West Loop patio, where you'll find water dishes in the back. You can devour a pizza and maybe share the crust with your dog.

Photograph: Joni Kat Anderson
Restaurants, Pizza


icon-location-pin Lincoln Park

Maybe at this Italian eatery your dog can finally live out their Lady and the Tramp fantasy (but probably not). Head to Ranalli's patio and ask your server for a water bowl.

Sportsman's Club
Photograph: Courtesy Sportsman's Club
Bars, Dive bars

Sportsman's Club

icon-location-pin Ukrainian Village

This neighborhood bar has a modest patio with trees and string lights, and humans and their dogs are most welcome. It is BYOF, so you and your pup can have a tasty meal along with a few drinks.