Dog lovers dive into summer at these 7 dog-friendly beaches in Chicago

Dog lovers dive into summer at these 7 dog-friendly beaches in Chicago
Black dog in life vest at Lake Michigan beach

Black dog in life vest at Lake Michigan beach

The dog days of summer are upon us. Fortunately for Chicago-area dog owners, we've sniffed out seven dog-friendly beaches to keep their pooches perfectly cool.

While most local beaches don’t allow canine companions, a handful of beaches on the North Shore and on Chicago’s north side do allow your pet to doggy paddle in Lake Michigan — provided you have the proper permits or passes.

Just make sure your dog can swim and consult a veterinarian before letting your dog test the waters. (Hint: Here's how to teach a dog to swim if it doesn't come natural.)

Dog owners who consider a day at the beach incomplete without your pet, head to these dog-friendly beaches:

Belmont Harbor Beach
Lake Shore Drive at Belmont Harbor
Dog swimming allowed, Annual Chicago Park District Dog Friendly Area Permit required
More info

Centennial Beach
Elder Avenue and Sheridan Road, Winnetka
Dog swimming prohibited, annual dog beach pass required 
More info

Church Street Dog Beach
Church Street at Lake Michigan, Evanston
Dog swimming allowed, annual dog beach pass required
More info

Foster Beach
Lake Shore Drive and Foster Ave., Chicago
Dog swimming allowed,  Chicago Park District Dog Friendly Area Permit required
More info

Gilson Dog Beach
South of Gilson Park, Wilmette
Swimming allowed, annual dog beach pass required
More info

Montrose Beach
Montrose Avenue and Simonds Drive, Chicago
Dog swimming allowed, Annual Chicago Park District Dog Friendly Area Permit required
More info

Sunrise Beach
455 Sunrise Ave., Lake Bluff
Dog swimming allowed, annual dog beach pass required
More info


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