Are you taking your dog on vacation to Chicago, Illinois? If you choose to take Lucky along for the ride, take him to visit these Chicago vacation destinations.
In Grant Park
I visited this popular landmark on my last visit to Chicago. Located in Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain allows leashed dogs to visit. There are shows every hour from dusk until 11:00 p.m. featuring music, light, and water. The shows last about twenty minutes. It is seasonal, though, and only lasts from spring through fall. You can also visit the fountain at any time during the day to see the neat sculptures and decorative detail.
Lake Shore Drive
Take your pooch down the dog-friendly Chicago riverwalk to Riverwalk Gateway, the city’s largest work of public art. You can take this gateway all the way to Lakefront Trail. Dogs are allowed in all the places, but not on the beaches. If you are in need of lunch, Cyrano’s Bistro and Wine Bar allows dogs at the outdoor tables.
600 East Grand Avenue
There are more than 50 acres of attractions and shopping at Navy Pier, most of which is dog-friendly. Sorry – you can’t take your dog inside any of the shops, but he can walk along as you visit all the sights. You can either watch the boats on the river or take an Architecture Boat Tour at Ogden Slip, where your pup will be able to accompany you. Lunch at the Food Court consists of sandwiches, pizza, Chinese food, and more.
Seadog Cruises (Navy Pier)
600 E. Grand (Entrance on Illinois)
Chicago, Illinois 60611
While you are at Navy Pier, take your well-behaved dog on one of the Seadog Cruises. These tours are popular for their narrations of the city’s history and its skyline architecture. Make sure your dog is leashed and under your control at all times.
Oak Park Self-Guided Walking Tours
158 N Forest Avenue
Oak Park, Illinois 60301
I visited Oak Park on a previous Chicago trip; this is the neighborhood where Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio are located. Oak Park is also central to various attractions and activities, such as the Oak Park Conservatory, where pets are welcome. There are two self-guided walking tours offered in Oak Park. Dogs are welcome on the tours, but they are not allowed in any of the buildings. Keep your pooch leashed and under control, and pick up after him at all times.
Don’t leave Lucky at home just because you think there is nothing for him in Chicago, Illinois. The only reason I didn’t take Mila with us is we already had too many non-dog friendly activities planned, and I didn’t want her sitting alone most of the time. But if some of these activities sound like something your dog would enjoy, by all means – take him along!
(Visit the link below for more dog-friendly vacation ideas in Chicago.)