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June 15, 2023

4 Dog-Friendly Activities in Chicago

Chicago is a great city with so much to explore, and that doesn’t just mean for humans—dogs can enjoy the Windy City alongside their owners too. While your furry friend might not be able to watch the latest Broadway show with you, they can still take a walk among the skyscrapers and marvel at all the sights (and smells). We’ve gathered 4 of the best dog-friendly activities in Chicago.

Go on a canine cruise

Everyone loves a cruise, and Chicago makes it accessible for your dog to get a taste of the sea life. There are a few different businesses that offer boat tours and lake cruises catered specifically for you and your dog, complete with newspaper lined “little dogs rooms.”Mercury’s Canine Cruise allows you both to enjoy the scenery of Chicago on the waterways, while you soak in the stories about the local history and your pup stays hydrated with the provided water bowls. Feel the wind in your hair and fur as you enjoy the day outdoors. Seadog Cruises Chicago also provides special event tours throughout the year that you and your pooch can look forward to.

Walk by the water

Another popular way to enjoy the water features is by taking a walk through your favorite iconic Chicago locations. Leashed dogs are welcome on Navy Pier and the Chicago Riverwalk, as well as on the Lakefront Trail. Locals and tourists alike enjoy these unique walks with their furry friend where they can feel the lake breeze and enjoy the culture of the area.

Farmers’ markets

Farmers’ markets are a popular weekend activity in Chicago. Local vendors set up all over the city, and there are countless opportunities to discover a new small business booth. One of the most popular farmers’ markets in Chicago, the Green City Market, is also welcoming to dogs. You can walk through Lincoln Park in the morning searching for unique gifts or other great finds. Often, these vendors love meeting your leashed pup as you walk through their popup shops. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for your dog, there is so much to see at each of the local farmers’ markets.

Dog-friendly patio

Chicago is known for great food, whether you enjoy chili dogs or pizza. Local craft beers are also very popular, and there are so many restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat. Many Chicago restaurants open up outdoor seating and patios in the warmer months. You can find these eateries both in the midst of the skyscrapers and along the riverwalk. Besides being able to enjoy the weather and local culture, eating outside opens the door for your dog to join you on your culinary journey. It’s a good idea to check that your dog is welcome before being seated, but most of the time, well-behaved hounds on a leash are able to stay by your side as you taste your new favorite foods.

Have a barking good time

Your dog deserves to have a fun day in the city just as much as you do. From enjoying the water and local scenery, to learning about Chicago and meeting new people, there are many ways to include your best friend in your Windy City adventures. Tourists should also consider where they will stay the night, and look for a dog-friendly hotel that will add to their experience. Hotel EMC2 loves your dogs, and we work to make them feel welcome by providing two bowls and plush dog beds available upon request. We promise to make both you and your pups experience at our hotel unlike any other. To book your stay at our unique dog-friendly hotel, click here.

Hotel EMC2, Autograph Collection
228 East Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: (312) 915-0000
Reservations: (844) 205-3939
Email: Info@HotelEMC2.com
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