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38 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

Emma Krupp
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Emma Krupp
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Sure, dinner and drinks with friends at Chicago's best restaurants makes for a fun evening out, but you know what's even better? When your dog can come, too. Thankfully, plenty of outdoor restaurants, bars and beer gardens in Chicago welcome pups with gusto—some even provide water, treats and special doggy menus to sate the appetite of your furry friend. Whether you've got a beloved canine companion or just want to enjoy the simple pleasures of dog-watching while you dine, these pet-friendly haunts are sure to become new staples in your summer patio bucket list.

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We've rounded up the best chefs in the city to join us at Time Out Market Chicago, a culinary and cultural destination in the heart of Fulton Market. And our patio is totally dog-friendly, so feel free to bring your four-legged friends to lunch or dinner. We even have complimentary dog treats to share!

Dog-friendly patios in Chicago

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  • Bars
  • Beer bars
  • River North
  • price 2 of 4

Clark Street Ale House is (quite proudly) dog central—its website is splashed with images of beer and dogs in equal turns. Consequently, the bar's spacious beer garden in the back welcomes all kinds of canines. 

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  • Wicker Park
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Big Star's patio is great, but it's infinitely better when you bump into a cute furry friend. Bring your dog, eat some tacos and drink some margaritas till the sun goes down. (Heads up that if you're going to the Wrigleyville location, you'll need to notify the restaurant you're bringing a dog when you make a reservation). 

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  • Restaurants
  • American
  • River West/West Town

The sprawling, 14,000-square-foot patio at Recess offers plenty of space for you and your dog to hang out—plus, water bowls and astroturf areas make your pet extra comfortable.

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This friendly Northcenter spot sports a dreamy patio and beer garden, with plenty of space for parties with pets in tow. While you play pub trivia, watch the game or have a pint while soaking up the sun, your dog can enjoy a tasty snack from the "Howlin' Ramblers" menu. 

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While you and your friends enjoy cocktails and Italian small plates at this River North spot, your furry bestie can indulge in Nonnina's Puppy Menu, featuring delights like beef meatballs with tomato sauce and bacon rice, and Cane di Puccino, a dessert featuring whipped cream, peanut butter and a kibble crumble.

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