Mercury Canine Cruises
Michigan Ave. & Wacker Dr., Chicago
Every Sunday at 10 a.m. during the summer months, Mercury Skyline Cruiseline offers a cruise for dogs and owners. The cruise is about 90 minutes long and highlights downtown landmarks. Tour prices are $23 per adult, $10 per child 12 and under, and $7 per dog.
Chicagoland Canoe Base
4019 N. Narragansett Ave., Chicago
Customers can get an education of fun and unusual sites along the Chicago waterways, along with a watercraft rental. Dogs are allowed on canoes and kayaks for no additional fee.
Plenty of Chicago restaurants welcome well-behaved dogs at outdoor tables. Below are just a few that offer a little something extra, just for your pet:
Joe’s On Weed St.
940 W. Weed St., Chicago
Every Wednesday during the summer, Joe’s hosts Doggy Happy Hour from 5 to 9 p.m. with drink specials, and various vendors, trainers, and pet store personnel on hand.
410 W. Huron St., Chicago
This Italian eatery welcomes canine guests with their own doggy menu. Dogs are allowed at outer tables, but must be leashed at all times.
Cucina Bella Trattoria
1612 N. Sedgwick St., Chicago
Dine on lasagna, while your dog enjoys his own complimentary bowl of pasta.
For Dog’s Sake
1757 N. Kimball, Chicago
This doggy café does not serve people food, but has plenty of toys and treats for your dog.
The Lakefront Trail:
Enjoy the Chicago skyline along 18 miles of paved paths along Lake Michigan with your furry friend.
(Montrose and Lake Shore Drive): Dogs can run leash-free on this beach. Bring your own waste bags.
Hamlin Dog Park
(3035 N. Hoyne Ave.): This fenced, off-leash, gravel-covered dog park is a favorite among locals.
(1425 N. Damen Ave.): This park is located on Damen, near North Avenue and Milwaukee. The dog area is located in the park’s southeast corner.
(2645 N. Sheffield Ave.): This public dog park boasts doggie water fountains, waste bags and a double gate to prevent runaway canines.
*Beginning in Sept. 2005, all dogs that use the dog parks and beaches are required to have an annual permit, which costs $5 per dog. Proof of certain vaccinations are also required.
Yasmin Tara Rammohan