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Recess, dog, patio
Photograph: Joni Jones

34 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

By Emma Krupp

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 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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Dog-friendly patios in Chicago

Chrissy Slaton, Carol's Pub
Photograph: Chrissy Slaton

1. Carol’s Pub

Bars Dive bars Uptown

Uptown's longstanding (and beloved) honky-tonk bar has recently opened a pet-friendly sidewalk patio, in case you'd like to tap your toes to some country hits with Fido by your side.  

Photograph: Max Kilibarda + Waypost Creative

2. Tortello

Restaurants Italian Wicker Park

Gorge on heaps of housemade pasta on this Wicker Park restaurant's herb-lined patio, which happily welcomes canine companions for lunch and dinner. 

Tzuco, Neil Burger Photography
Photograph: Neil Burger Photography

3. Tzuco

Restaurants River North

The French-Mexican restaurant Tzuco in River North boasts a 40-person patio, with eight tables available to diners with dogs. 

The Kennison, patio
Photograph: Courtesy of The Kennison

4. The Kennison

Restaurants Contemporary American Lincoln Park

Treat your dog to peanut butter bacon- and beef brisket-flavored ice cream made especially for pets at the patio of The Kennison, which is attached to Hotel Lincoln. Your dog will also enjoy personal water bowl refilling service while you dine. 

Off Color Mousetrap
Photograph: Nick Murway

5. Off Color Brewing's Mousetrap

Bars Breweries River North

Known for its funky craft beer, Off Color Brewing's taproom in Lincoln Park features a patio that welcomes dogs and fans of inventive brews alike. 

Oda, Tamta Meladze
Photograph: Tamta Meladze

6. Oda Mediterranean Cuisine

Restaurants Edgewater

You can sip Georgian wine and nibble on Mediterraenean bites with your furry friend on this Andersonville patio—and there's a water bowl nearby in case your dog gets thirsty, too.

Jaclyn Rivas
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

8. Clark Street Ale House

Bars Beer bars River North

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. 

Big Star
Photograph: Martha Williams

9. Big Star

Bars Mezcalerias Wicker Park

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). 

Mott St., patio, Casey VanderStel
Photograph: Casey VanderStel

10. Mott St.

Restaurants Pan-Asian River West/West Town

Make a reservation for you and your dog at Mott St.'s vine covered (and water bowl-stocked) patio in Wicker Park.

Photograph: Marina Makropoulos

11. Roots Handmade Pizza

Restaurants Pizza East Village

Both pups and people are welcome at this pizzeria. There's beer for the humans and water bowls for the dogs. Check out other dog-friendly locations in the South Loop, Lincoln Square and Old Town. 

The Publican, patio, Isabelle Langheim
Photograph: Courtesy of Isabelle Langheim

12. The Publican

Restaurants American West Loop

Feast on rafts of meat and imported Belgian pints from The Publican's impressive beer list (and if you're feeling generous, you can toss a few morsels to your dog, too). 

Gaijin, patio, Doan Bui
Photograph: Doan Bui

16. Gaijin

Restaurants West Loop

The petite patio at this West Loop okonomiyaki restaurant welcomes small breeds, with water bowls available to quench their thirst.

Recess, patio, Joni Jones
Photograph: Joni Jones

18. Recess

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.

Hub 51, Lettuce Entertain You
Photograph: Courtesy Lettuce Entertain You

20. Hub 51

Restaurants Eclectic River North

Share a pitcher of beer with your friends at this River North patio and rest easy knowing that your pup is free to tag along. 

avec, John Philp, patio
Photograph: Courtesy of John Philp

21. avec

Restaurants Mediterranean West Loop

Be sure to order this West Loop restaurant's famous chorizo-stuffed, bacon-wrapped dates while dining alfresco with your dog. 

Barrio, dog patio
Photograph: Courtesy DineAmic Hospitality

22. Barrio

Restaurants Mexican Loop

Consult the "Barkio" menu at this River North taco joint for food options tailored to your furry friend, including plain chicken breast, hamburger patty and dairy-free "Woof-cream" for dessert—plus, a portion of all proceeds goes toward nonprofit PAWS Chicago.

dog ice cream, DineAmic
Photograph: Courtesy DineAmic Hospitality

23. Siena Tavern

Restaurants Italian River North

You'll find an identical doggy menu (instead titled "Puppy Ciao") alongside Italian dishes for humans at the Siena Tavern and its sister restaurant Bar Siena in the West Loop. 

West Central Association, West Loop, outdoor dining
Photograph: Courtesy West Central Association

24. Bandit

Restaurants American West Loop

The doggy menus don't stop! The version at the West Loop cocktail and American bar food restaurant Bandit is called "Bandit's Pup Picks."

Public House, DineAmic Hospitality, patio
Photograph: Courtesy DineAmic Hospitality

25. Public House

Bars Sports Bars River North

Rounding off the doggy menu list is the gastropub Public House in Streeterville, where you can browse the "Pup-lic House" options while munching on burgers and other pub fare.

Antique Taco, Evan Sheehan, Wicker Park, patio
Photograph: Evan Sheehan

27. Antique Taco

Restaurants Mexican Wicker Park

In the mood for a rosemary margarita but don't want to leave your pet behind? Bring your pooch to the cheery, string-light–strewn patios of both the Wicker Park and Bridgeport locations of Antique Taco. 

Photograph: Courtesy of the Fifty/50

29. Fifty/50

Bars Sports Bars Ukrainian Village

This Wicker Park sports bar, home to flat-screen TVs and tons of fried food, loves when dogs hang out on its patio.

Beatrix, patio, Anjali Pinto
Photograph: Anjali Pinto

30. Beatrix

Restaurants American River North

Bring your dog to the patios of Beatrix locations in Streeterville, River North and Fulton Market—he's equally welcome at all of them. 

moonlighter, pitcher cocktail, cocktail, outdoor
Photograph: The Moonlighter

31. The Moonlighter

Restaurants Logan Square

Kick back with your dog at the massive and very summery patio space at The Moonlighter located on the border of Logan Square and Humboldt Park, where you'll enjoy summer sippers like a frozen piña colada and housemade sangria.

Mundano, patio
Photograph: Garrett Sweet

34. Mundano

Restaurants American Lincoln Park

This Latin American restaurant, new this year to Lincoln Park (and just a quick walk away from the neighborhood's eponymous park), includes a dog-friendly patio equipped with bowls of water. 


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