8 Fun Walks For Chicago Dogs

Here are some of our favorite dog-friendly spots in and near Chicago to go for a walk this summer! These are trails that both you and your pooch are sure to love.

Loyola Park Trail
Chicago Park District
1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626
A scenic walking trail along the Lake Michigan shoreline you won’t want to miss!

Schweitzer Woods Forest Preserve
16N690 Sleepy Hollow Road
Dundee, IL 60118
(630) 232-5980
Your pup will love to hike with you in this beautiful preserve area.

Valley Line Trail (Skokie Trail)
Chicago, IL 60646
A trail formed from a conserved network of old rail lines, the Skokie Trail will provide a unique experience for you and your canine companion.

Pratt’s Wayne Woods
Powis Road and Army Trail Road
Wayne, IL 60184
(630) 933-7248
Dogs are welcomed to this scenic, wooded trail as long as they’re kept on a leash!

Glacial Park
McHenry County Conservation District
Route 31 & Harts Road
Ringwood, IL 60540
This one is a moderate-difficulty loop trail near Richmond, IL. Your pooch will love the forest views!

Burnham Greenway
Chicago, IL 60617
Another former railroad corridor, this trail runs between Chicago and Lansing, IL. Bring your pooch here to enjoy stretching his legs on the 2.5-mile trail!

Lakefront Trail
Chicago Park District
(312) 742-PLAY
With 18 miles of trail ahead of you, you can enjoy city and lake views all day long!

The 606
(312) 742-4622
Chicago, IL 60603
A 2.7-mile elevated trail, the 606 is paved and well-lit. This trail boasts city views near Wicker Park without having to navigate the city traffic!

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Dog-Friendly Chicago Tourist Destinations

Just because you and your pup are Chicago locals doesn’t mean that you should miss out on some of the great tourist destinations. These Chicago tourist attractions are great places where your pooch can enjoy all that the city has to offer.

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Dogs are allowed on leash on the 3,330 foot long pier! Navy Pier is the perfect place to walk along Lake Michigan and take a touristy picture in front of the Centennial Wheel. After walking around and enjoying the scenery, you can grab a bite to eat at dog-friendly Harry Caray’s Tavern.

The Magnificent Mile
You’ll find plenty of tourists walking around the 13-block stretch of stores on North Michigan Ave. The Mag Mile is a great place to people watch and take a walk. For some retail therapy, stop by Tails in the City to find luxury dog items, or visit The Shops at Northbridge–a pet friendly mall that even has pet comfort stations on the first and second floors.

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Enjoy the 18 miles of path along the coast of Lake Michigan! Your pup will surely enjoy the fresh air, exercise, and unbeatable views of Chicago. From the Lakefront Trail you can even access (dog-friendly) Montrose Beach.

Grant Park
Dogs are allowed on leash at this famous Chicago park where you can enjoy the skyline and beautiful views of Lake Michigan. Snap a pic of your pup in front of Buckingham Fountain, the centerpiece of the park. If your dog wants some added exercise, Grant Bark Park, located in Grant Park, is a large off-leash dog park where your pooch can run free.

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The Riverwalk is the perfect place for your pup to enjoy Chicago’s architecture while also getting in a leisurely walk. You’ll find lots of tourists, locals, and dogs strolling and dining along the river, and you and your pooch can even stop to eat at a pet friendly restaurant like O’briens.

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Dog-Friendly Travel Tips

Family vacations don’t have to mean a pet-sitter or a kennel for your pooch – why not bring him along for the ride? Road trips are a fun getaway for a long weekend, and we’ve even thought up some great destinations for the whole family here. But before you hit the road, here are a few things to do to get your pooch ready for the trip:

okkoGet in touch with your vet. Now is the time to make sure your pup is up-to-date on all of his vaccinations. Going to new environments could expose him to more risk factors, such as ticks or other new pests. Be sure to let your vet know exactly where you’re headed in case she has any specific health tips.

Make sure your pup is acclimated to the new environment. Ease your pooch up to a longer distance in the car by taking him out on some progressively longer drives before your actual trip. This is the best way to see how his temperament might change, which should help you avoid any major mishaps in transit. Also, consider accommodations for any new noises that might become frightening for your pup on the trip, like fireworks or storms.

Consider using a crate for your pooch in the car. Though we all know your dog loves sticking his head out the window, you’ll want to protect him just like you would protect the rest of your family. Using a crate is the safest way to transport your pup and it provides a calm, comfortable space for him to snooze at your dog-friendly accommodations.

Finally, don’t forget to plan rest stops. dog
Stopping every 4 hours for about 20-30 minutes is a good rule of thumb for your dog to stretch his legs and relieve himself, but feel free to do more frequent and shorter stops if you are able. It often helps to plan out your route first to see where the best rest areas are along the way and plan accordingly. Also, be open to taking a new driving route if it offers more opportunities for your pup to stop and rest.

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