16 Dog-Friendly Restaurants and Patios in Chicago and the North Shore 2022

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Has your dog ever given you that look when you went to leave the house? A look that says, “Hey, can I come, too?” Now — with our wide-range of dog-friendly eateries around Chicago and the North Shore — you don’t have to decide between quality time with your furry friend and time out exploring the city and suburbs. So grab the leash, order a cocktail and soak up some long-awaited sunshine!

Convito Cafe & Market

This quick, casual Italian eatery is a staple in Wilmette (and a multi-year Best Of Winner). But, many have no idea that this market and restaurant welcomes four-legged dates on the patio. Convito makes fresh Italian food tasty and affordable, with most entrees around $20 or less. Convito also caters to those on the North Shore who have gluten sensitivities. And bring the dog around closing to enjoy chocolate fondant (for you, not your pooch!) — it is so worth it. 

1515 Sheridan Road, Wilmette

Firehouse Grill

This beloved Evanston spot is a favorite not just among grown-ups, who love the char-grilled burgers and cold brews, and kiddos, who get a kick out of eating in a decommissioned fire station, but we’re betting you’d get Fido’s paws-up too if you asked. The spacious outdoor seating area is the perfect place to kick back and enjoy pan pizzas, the Big As Your Head Grilled Cheese or the Firehouse Burger while your pup lounges right alongside you. Patio reservations are available for parties of 1 to 16.

750 Chicago Ave., Evanston

Ludlow Liquors

This bar and restaurant — with the tagline, Neighborhood Tavern & Backyard — is serving up burgers and booze both inside their eatery and outside on their patio. If you’re looking for a casual neighborhood spot to feel like a regular at even if you’re not or just looking to rest you and your little friend’s paws, look no further than Ludlow Liquors.

2959 N. California Ave., Chicago

The Moonlighter

 
 
 
 
 
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Nestled between Logan Square and Humboldt Park is the friendly neighborhood bar The Moonlighter. With its laundry list of craft brews and booze, you simply can’t go wrong. And with its proximity to The 606 Trail, it might be the perfect stop after a hot day on your barking feet. However, you’re going to want to make a reservation first and have your vaccine card handy.

3204 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago

Big Star

 
 
 
 
 
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This Wicker Park classic is about to get a whole lot fuzzier! Stop in this summer with your pup to enjoy some delicious Mexican cuisine, an assortment of tasty beverages and that sweet-sweet summertime sunshine on their patio. Visit one of their two locations, also in Wrigleyville.

1531 N. Damen Ave. or 3640 N. Clark St., Chicago

Mas Alla Del Sol

 
 
 
 
 
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Fresh ingredients, a cold cerveza and a whole lot of authenticity goes a long way at Mas Alla Del Sol. The patio is open to dogs and owners seeking a bit of respite while enjoying any one of the numerous, mouth-watering items on their menu — from appetizers to seafood, from margaritas to an extensive list of tequila, you’ll find it all here.

5848 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago

Murphy’s Bleachers

 
 
 
 
 
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Well-loved by Chicagoans and Cubbies alike, Murphy’s Bleachers is a go-to place for anyone seeking the intersection of brews, familiar faces and a spot for their four-legged friend to enjoy themselves. Whether you’re bringing the party or just looking for a casual bite to eat — like a classic Chicago Italian Beef sandwich — this Wrigleyville staple has what you need.

3655 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago

PB&J

 
 
 
 
 
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Standing for Pizza, Beer, & Jukebox, this up-and-coming spot promises a lot of fun and a lot of variety in the heart of the West Loop. As if you needed any more reasons to bring your furry friend out on the town, on Wednesdays bring in your pooch for “Doggie Date Night” where each dog gets a pup-which — a bone-shaped peanut butter sammie — and their owners can enjoy discounts on beer and wine. Their outdoor space is equipped with built-in shade, too, so even the hottest of days shouldn’t be a deterrent from the fun!

205 N. Peoria St., Chicago

LG’s Bar & Kitchen

A bit of Irish sewn into the streets of Old Town, that’s what you can find at LG’s Bar & Kitchen. With a hearty list of whiskeys and other spirits as well as a yummy line-up of bar food, this slice of the city is sure to appease almost anyone looking for an easy-going evening or a quick sip on a sunny afternoon with their little friend.

1525 N. Wells St., Chicago

Farm Bar

 
 
 
 
 
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With an array of delicacies such as the gourmet fried fish sandwich or an artisan charcuterie board, Farm Bar’s local, sustainable menu makes it the spot to hit up this summer! Wedged into Lakeview, this place has what you need for up-scale cravings — as well as an outdoor patio and garden space serene enough for you and your pup!

1300 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago

FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar

If you’re looking for something to sip or munch on following a day on your paws, look no further than the FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar, conveniently located in the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel — which is handily equipped with a pooch-friendly patio. If you plan on stopping by, remember that happy hour specials run Mondays – Thursdays from 4 – 7pm.

221 N. Columbus Dr., Chicago

Gemini

 
 
 
 
 
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Needled into the heart of Lincoln Park is the new, up-scale-casual eatery Gemini. While you can expect classics like craft cocktails and bottomless brunches, don’t overlook their nuances like a patio welcome to furry friends and southern fried chicken Sundays! Walk-ins welcome, so don’t be afraid to wander in next time you’re in their neck of the woods.

2075 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago

Wood

Innovative cocktails and artisan dishes? Check. Six-time Michelin Bib Gourmand winner? Check. Dog-friendly patio surrounded by budding greenery? Check! If you’re around Northalsted and looking for a can’t-miss dining experience, Wood is where you need to be. Whether you’re seeking a romantic dinner; a casual brunch; or just want to relax in their outdoor space — this place can make it happen.

3335 N. Halsted St., Chicago

The Smith

 
 
 
 
 
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Oysters for $3.00, brunches that run all week, special sunset hour menus — this polished haunt seems to have something for everyone. Located over by Navy Pier, The Smith is just right for tourists spending the day in the city or locals looking to head downtown. Bring your four-legged friend, too, since they are always welcome!

400 N. Clark St., Chicago

Andros Taverna

 
 
 
 
 
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Chicago is full of all kinds of authentic cuisine, but where can you get classic Greek food and also bring your fuzzy friend along? That would be Logan Square’s Andros Taverna, a spot with a mouth-watering menu for both man and his furry best friend. Whether you’re stopping by their pick-up window or relaxing on their outdoor patio, you’ll be sure to enjoy menu items like spicy whipped feta, eggplant moussaka or lamb chops — your pup, too, can enjoy the delicacies if you order an unseasoned lamb chop or one of Tracy’s Tailwagging Treats.

542 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

Nonnina

 
 
 
 
 
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While this true-to-origin Italian restaurant in River North might have a stellar menu for its human customers, it is equally rivaled by the menu reserved for doggie diners, as well. A number of proteins, rice and even sweet treats are available for your little friend. But be sure to tuck into their happy hour or other goodies, all locally-sourced and inspired by classic Italian family dinners. Either way, you’ll be barking to come back!

340 N. Clark St., Chicago


How to Help:

PAWS, which stands for Pets are Worth Saving, is Chicagoland’s largest no-kill shelter. Since its founding in 1997, it has led the reduction of the number of homeless pets killed in the city by more than 91%. 

Coinciding with PAWS Chicago’s 25thanniversary, PAWS is partnering with Mariano’s and Goose Island Beer Company to host adoption events at select Mariano’s Chicagoland locations every Saturday in June. These events will take place on store patios with live music, treats for pups and owners, samples from Goose Island, and more, plus every purchase of a case of Goose Island beer in the month of June will benefit PAWS.

PAWS Chicago 5K Walk/Run won Better’s Best of 2021 for Best Charity Run/Walk. For a fun way to get active and support PAWS, register for their September 2022 event on their website.


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Margaret Smith is a Chicago-based writer and editor with a passion for socio-political storytelling about their community. They are a graduate of Columbia College Chicago.