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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. Chicagocanine.com 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
Website: www.leye.com

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
Website: www.baddogtavern.com

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
Website: www.chicagojoes-restaurant.com

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
Website: www.harrycaraystavern.com

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
Website: joesbar.com

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

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