Chicago’s Best Dog-Friendly Restaurants

July 25, 2011 2:15 PM

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Bad Dog Tavern
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It’s summertime and that means that your pooch wants to enjoy Chicago’s outdoor dining just as much as you do. Luckily, Chicago passed the “Dog Friendly Dining” ordinance in 2008 allowing dogs in outdoor dining areas if restaurants have purchased a supplement license for dog friendly areas. recommends that you call ahead to any restaurant before bringing your dog as some may not allow dogs if they are busy or on certain nights. And while you may think your dog is the world’s best, others may not, so make sure they’re well behaved and on a leash before you go.


Are you and the pup up for a little Italian food a la Lady and the Tramp style? Scoozi! is very welcoming to dogs on their outdoor patio. For yourself, you can order what they’re famous for, gnocchi and raviolis and revel in a glass of wine. Wait staffs are not allowed to feed dogs anywhere in Chicago, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sneak a bite to your furry friend.

410 W. Huron
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312-943-5900

Bad Dog Tavern

Located in Lincoln Square, this dog friendly venue is happy to have you and your dog on their outdoor patio to enjoy a refreshing drink. They have seating for over 100 outside, making it one of the larger outdoor patios in the city. Come and enjoy a summer night outside with a refreshing drink and your pal by your side. You can try one of their many different salads or create your own pizza. And while their name suggests bad dogs are welcome, they prefer good, well-behaved ones.

4535 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL 60625
Phone: 773-334-4040
Fax: 773-334-4011

Chicago Joe’s

Well known in their neighborhood for their famous ribs and seafood, Chicago Joe’s welcomes all leashed dogs to come, sit and stay while you eat. They’ll even pamper your pooch with a bowl of water and a biscuit to boot. Relax on their newly renovated patio area that can seat up to 60, and kick back to enjoy some ribs.

2256 W. Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, IL
Phone: 773-478-7000

Harry Caray’s Taven Navy Pier

For the touristy dog, take’em to Navy Pier to enjoy the scenery, but make sure they like people before taking them into the summer crowds that are sure to be there. And also make sure your water-loving Labrador isn’t going to making a running leap off the dock. When you’ve established these two things, come to enjoy a Holy Cow! burger and a beer or two. Your canine will be too excited over their souvenir water bowl and treat to even notice.

700 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-527-9700

Joe’s Bar on Weed St.

Happy Hour can now be happy for you and the dog. Joe’s hosts a weekly Doggy Happy Hour on Wednesday evenings from 5 – 9 p.m. on their outdoor patio. Dogs will receive treats and water, and their human companions are treated to half-priced drinks. Each week they host a doggy film festival featuring a different doggy movie on their 20 ft. patio jumbotron. If you get hungry, try one of their yummy pizzas.

940 W. Weed St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Phone: 312-337-3486

Rachel Azark is a writer and lives on Chicago’s northwest side. Read more of her work on her blog

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  • Yuppies love dogs!!!

    Thanks, CBS, for compiling this list of restaurants to avoid. How anyone, including dog owners, would find a “dog-friendly” restaurant appealing is beyond me. Of course, yuppies do live in their own little self-important world where they think everyone is watching what they do. This, in-turn, influences their every decision. They think that bringing a dog to a restaurant is oh-so cute, just because the local news outlet says it is. That is also how they voted for the current president. Their televison said it was cool to vote for someone with zero qualifications, and so they did for fear of being labeled “not hip” or “uncool”. The life of a Chicago yuppie is so stressful!!!!

    • Tim

      Lighten up Francis

    • Lori

      I love when people are angry at others for having what they don’t! Beside, I hightly doubt that someone like you even goes to these place. You sound like more of the White Castle type…

  • doug

    That is also how they voted for the current president.
    Wow, get a life … dude.
    He turned a dog friendly restaurant review into an anti Obama rant.
    Well look what your party of ‘no’ is doing to the USA simply because they want the White House back at any cost (and that cost is us)
    Do you like how I took that into an anti party of ‘no’ rant?

    I could never take my dog to one of these places but totally enjoy seeing dogs out in public when they are well behaved.

  • Jenny

    Check out for more of dog friendly restaurants

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