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

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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 a 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

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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, too. 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


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This beloved Evanston spot is a favorite not just among locals who love the char-grilled burgers and cold brews, or their kids who get a kick out of eating in a decommissioned fire station, but it’s a tail-wagging outing for Fido, too. 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. Keep in mind, with their limited patio seating, it’s best to call ahead to secure your spot.

750 Chicago Ave., Evanston

Big Star


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This summer, Big Star — a Wicker Park classic — is about to get a whole lot fuzzier! Stop in 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

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. Enjoy!

3204 W. Armitage 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 good beer, 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. Word to the wise, if you plan on enjoying Murphy’s on game day, just be sure to leave your furry friend at home.

3655 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago


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PB&J — standing for Pizza, Beer & Jukebox — is an up-and-coming spot that 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 Mondays bring in your pooch for “Doggie Date Night” where each dog gets a pup-which — a bone-shaped peanut butter sammie — while their owners 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


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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 fried fish and chips or jalapeño cheddar corn muffins, 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


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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 even more conveniently equipped with a pooch-friendly patio.

221 N. Columbus Dr., Chicago

Taureaux Tavern


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Peel off from the hustle and bustle of the South Loop and head to Taureaux Tavern, which offers French American fare as well as a full-service veranda. Enjoy dishes such as lobster thermidor bites or the grilled steak sandwich, while you make a selection from their extensive bar. And since your pup also deserves to enjoy a day on the town, bring them along for the experience. 

155 W .Van Buren St.

Lottie’s Pub


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Sometimes, there’s nothing better than stopping off at a local watering hole on a sunny day. That’s part of the vision over at Lottie’s Pub in Bucktown, which features a patio open to all travelers, and their dogs, too. Since 1934, they’ve been serving up bar food favorites like burgers, sandwiches, pizza, tacos — the delicious list continues. Want to enjoy some sun with your furry friend while grabbing a can’t-go-wrong meal? Lottie’s has what you need.

1925 W. Cortland St.


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Needled into the heart of Lincoln Park is the up-scale-casual eatery Gemini. While you can expect classics like craft cocktails and bottomless brunches, don’t overlook their nuances like southern fried chicken Sundays and a patio open to dogs! 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

The Smith

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Oysters for $4, Friday-Sunday brunch, martini hour — 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

Lady May


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From the vantage point of the Riverwalk, guests at Lady May can savor the Southern cuisine cooked up by Chef Austin Blake. His coastal Southern eats and similarly-themed libations will certainly bring in the crowds this summer, be sure you’re one of them. Also, they have left no dog owner behind with their dog-friendly patio, perfect for an outing with friends or just one-on-one with your pet.

405 N. Wabash Ave.


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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

Ina Mae Tavern

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Lucky for Chicagoans, the flair and flavor of New Orleans cuisine is alive and well in Wicker Park. At Ina Mae Tavern indulge in Louisiana classics like shrimp & grits, po’ boys, a variety of seafood options and more, all with your furry friend right by your side on their charming sidewalk patio. And for an additional treat, stop by their Sno-Ball to-go window, the perfect way to top off a summer day — and can be enjoyed boozy or spirit-free.

1415 N. Wood St.

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