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20 Great Dog-Friendly Restaurants and Bars in Chicago

There are many great Chicago spots to bring man’s best friend

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Pampered pups can also enjoy Chicago’s dining scene.
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The "dog days" of summer have arrived and for canine lovers, bringing that four-legged buddy along to Chicago bars and restaurants is one of the best ways to spend time, no matter the season. Here are 20 great spots that welcome pooches, some that even give out free treats and water bowls. Additions to this year’s list include Taureaux Tavern and Paradise Park. Nellcôte was removed after it shuttered this year.

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1. Octavio Cantina & Kitchen

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5310 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 293-1223
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Andersonville’s love letter to rustic Mexican cooking has a 20-seat patio decked with large red umbrellas, garden lights, and planter boxes. Dog owners can nosh on tacos, sangria, and margaritas while their furry BFFs are treated to snacks and water bowls.

2. Ludlow Liquors

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2959 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 754-7492
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This Avondale bar offers a backyard garden patio with two-tier stadium seats, picnic tables, and lounges. Relax over an old fashioned or draft punch paired with comfort fare like rib tips and Filipino egg rolls.

3. Broken English

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2576-2580 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 929-0045
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Adolfo Garcia and Phil Stefani’s taqueria is one of Lincoln Park’s hottest spots to be this summer. Taco trays, pitchers of margarita, and people-watching keep the fiesta going on all day long. Best of all: Man’s best friend is welcome.

Tacos are a lot more fun in the bright sun. Happy first day of summer! Celebrate with a cold drink on our patio. Also - don't forget we're PUP friendly! #SummerSolstice #SummertimeChi @sjhintze

Posted by Broken English Taco Pub on Friday, June 21, 2019

4. The Patio at Cafe Brauer

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2021 N Stockton Dr
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 280-2724
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Take the dog for a run through Lincoln Park and take in the exciting sights and sounds. This patio café, located on the picturesque Nature Boardwalk, welcomes canines so lounge away with an al fresco meal and live music every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday throughout the summer. The cafe is even throwing a “Dog Days of Summer” brunch on June 30 and August 11 with a puppy pool and plenty of treats.

5. The Moonlighter

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3204 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 360-8896
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Logan Square’s expansive patio from the Scofflaw Group is the perfect pit stop after strolling the nearby 606 trail. Refuel with burgers, large-format cocktails, and other bar bites with a furry friend.

6. Ranalli's

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1925 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 642-4700
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This pizzeria and bar is an ideal place to bring a group of human and animal friends. Its 175-seat sidewalk patio serves a host of light-to-hearty dishes and fresh pizzas, and is nestled among green trees and floral planters in the heart of Lincoln Park.

Patio season is BACK! Whether you're enjoying the nice weather outside or joining us for the #FinalFour games, #RanallisLincolnPark is the place to be! ☀

Posted by Ranalli's Lincoln Park on Saturday, April 6, 2019

7. Paradise Park

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1913 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 687-9117
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Trailer-themed pizza spot Paradise Park may be a dog’s dream with its spacious private patio and outdoor seating atop (fake) grass. Diners can sit at tables, lounge in rocking chairs, or get eye-to-eye with the pooches on floor cushions.

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8. Big Star

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1531 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 235-4039
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Eat some tacos and sip on margaritas and whiskey with the pup in tow at Big Star's 80-seat, ever-popular patio. The team is so fond of humanity’s best friend that they created a hashtag, #dogsofbigstar. The Wrigleyville location is dog-friendly as well.

9. Mott St

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1401 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 687-9977
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Chef Edward Kim's Mott St has a sweet 64-seat patio with greenery, handcrafted tables, water bowls, and some of the best human food in town.

All hail, Apollo declares Patio Day!

Posted by Mott St on Thursday, May 21, 2015

10. Juniper Spirits & Oysters

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1244 N Dearborn Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 787-4980
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Claridge House, the dog-friendly Gold Coast hotel, recently debuted a new seafood restaurant. Out on the 25-seat patio, guests are invited to dine with their pups and try a variety of fresh catch and gin-based cocktails. Later this summer, Juniper plans to host happy hour with specials for both humans and canines alike.

11. Somerset

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1112 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 586-2150
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Boka Restaurant Group’s gorgeous Gold Coast restaurant was one of last year’s biggest openings and even pups will be able to appreciate its grandeur out on the 90-seat patio. Lee Wolen complements the country club vibes with seasonal, all-American bites.

A large glitzy dining room
Sadly, dogs can’t enjoy the beautiful dining room.
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12. Sportsman's Club

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948 Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(872) 206-8054
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This reinvented neighborhood tavern from Heisler Hospitality is a great place for to let loose with the pooch and enjoy some of the city’s most quality cocktails. While relaxing on the backyard patio, guests can sip on a refreshing libation from the daily-changing menu or one of the many worldly craft beers.

Follow @johnpaulbones lead and treat yourself to a #lowlife this evening

Posted by Sportsman's Club on Saturday, January 12, 2019

13. Barrio

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65 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 940-9900
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DineAmic Group is offering a new puppy patio menu at all of its restaurants for the summer. Items include chicken breast, burger patty, skirt steak, and a dairy-free woof-cream dessert.

Dine with your best bud all summer long on our patio, thanks to our BARK-IO Menu! #DineamicDogs #PuppyPatio : Olive in the City

Posted by Barrio on Tuesday, May 28, 2019

14. Saint Lou's Assembly

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664 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 600-0600
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Old-school meat and three cuisine is revived at this West Loop spot and folks can experience it with their pups out on the popping backyard patio. There’s bleacher seating for 100, lush planters, a bocce ball court, and a fire pit for chillier evenings. On July 14, the restaurant will host a Dog Day of Summer Bash featuring a special canine-friendly menu and a doggy kissing booth.

15. Formento's

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925 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 690-7295
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Show off the pooch on one of the West Loop’s widest patios — decorated with hanging lights and an eloquent, Italian-style garde —while enjoying a delicious array of antipasti dishes or nonna’s stupendous meatballs. The restaurant is holding a drinks-and-adoption event with the Anti-Cruelty Society on July 22.

Soak up some sun on one of the West Loop’s widest patios.
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16. Taureaux Tavern

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155 W Van Buren St
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 624-8778
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Downtown French restaurant Taureaux Tavern is now offering a special canine brunch menu that includes scrambled eggs and a hamburger patty. All items are $6 and are available on its pergola and large outdoor patio, where human diners can try new “poptails,” or an in-house popsicle dunked in a glass of prosecco (Saturdays only).

17. The Spoke & Bird

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205 E 18th St
Chicago, IL 60616
(929) 263-2473
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Located in the South Loop, Spoke & Bird’s 2,500-square-foot patio is a fine spot to work out of. Guests can pass the time with coffees, sandwiches, craft beers, and their canines if they so desire.

18. Lo Rez Brewing and Taproom

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2101 S Carpenter St
Chicago, IL 60608
(888) 404-2262
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No, dogs aren’t allowed to sample any of the beers but they’re welcome to hang out at this Pilsen brewery and taproom. In addition to pets, guests can also bring outside food.

19. Antique Taco

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1000 W 35th St
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 823-9410
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The South Side outpost of the popular taqueria sports delights like crispy fish tacos and horchata milkshakes alongside a spacious 100-seat patio. Of course, it wouldn’t be a real fiesta without some friendly pooches in tow so diners are invited to bring theirs. The original Wicker Park location is dog-friendly too.

Benches fill up quickly at Antique Taco.
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20. The Promontory

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5311 S Lake Park West
Chicago, IL 60615
(312) 801-2100
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Hyde Park’s stylish restaurant/music venue includes a lush, dog-friendly patio. Get a side of fresh air to go along with the hearth-to-table fare.

The Promontory’s sunny, spacious patio
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1. Octavio Cantina & Kitchen

5310 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

Andersonville’s love letter to rustic Mexican cooking has a 20-seat patio decked with large red umbrellas, garden lights, and planter boxes. Dog owners can nosh on tacos, sangria, and margaritas while their furry BFFs are treated to snacks and water bowls.

5310 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

2. Ludlow Liquors

2959 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

This Avondale bar offers a backyard garden patio with two-tier stadium seats, picnic tables, and lounges. Relax over an old fashioned or draft punch paired with comfort fare like rib tips and Filipino egg rolls.

2959 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

3. Broken English

2576-2580 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Adolfo Garcia and Phil Stefani’s taqueria is one of Lincoln Park’s hottest spots to be this summer. Taco trays, pitchers of margarita, and people-watching keep the fiesta going on all day long. Best of all: Man’s best friend is welcome.

2576-2580 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

4. The Patio at Cafe Brauer

2021 N Stockton Dr, Chicago, IL 60614

Take the dog for a run through Lincoln Park and take in the exciting sights and sounds. This patio café, located on the picturesque Nature Boardwalk, welcomes canines so lounge away with an al fresco meal and live music every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday throughout the summer. The cafe is even throwing a “Dog Days of Summer” brunch on June 30 and August 11 with a puppy pool and plenty of treats.

2021 N Stockton Dr
Chicago, IL 60614

5. The Moonlighter

3204 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Logan Square’s expansive patio from the Scofflaw Group is the perfect pit stop after strolling the nearby 606 trail. Refuel with burgers, large-format cocktails, and other bar bites with a furry friend.

3204 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

6. Ranalli's

1925 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

This pizzeria and bar is an ideal place to bring a group of human and animal friends. Its 175-seat sidewalk patio serves a host of light-to-hearty dishes and fresh pizzas, and is nestled among green trees and floral planters in the heart of Lincoln Park.

1925 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

7. Paradise Park

1913 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Trailer-themed pizza spot Paradise Park may be a dog’s dream with its spacious private patio and outdoor seating atop (fake) grass. Diners can sit at tables, lounge in rocking chairs, or get eye-to-eye with the pooches on floor cushions.

1913 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

8. Big Star

1531 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Eat some tacos and sip on margaritas and whiskey with the pup in tow at Big Star's 80-seat, ever-popular patio. The team is so fond of humanity’s best friend that they created a hashtag, #dogsofbigstar. The Wrigleyville location is dog-friendly as well.

1531 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

9. Mott St

1401 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Chef Edward Kim's Mott St has a sweet 64-seat patio with greenery, handcrafted tables, water bowls, and some of the best human food in town.

1401 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

10. Juniper Spirits & Oysters

1244 N Dearborn Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60610

Claridge House, the dog-friendly Gold Coast hotel, recently debuted a new seafood restaurant. Out on the 25-seat patio, guests are invited to dine with their pups and try a variety of fresh catch and gin-based cocktails. Later this summer, Juniper plans to host happy hour with specials for both humans and canines alike.

1244 N Dearborn Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60610

11. Somerset

1112 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610
A large glitzy dining room
Sadly, dogs can’t enjoy the beautiful dining room.
Anthony Tahlier

Boka Restaurant Group’s gorgeous Gold Coast restaurant was one of last year’s biggest openings and even pups will be able to appreciate its grandeur out on the 90-seat patio. Lee Wolen complements the country club vibes with seasonal, all-American bites.

1112 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610

12. Sportsman's Club

948 Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

This reinvented neighborhood tavern from Heisler Hospitality is a great place for to let loose with the pooch and enjoy some of the city’s most quality cocktails. While relaxing on the backyard patio, guests can sip on a refreshing libation from the daily-changing menu or one of the many worldly craft beers.

948 Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

13. Barrio

65 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654

DineAmic Group is offering a new puppy patio menu at all of its restaurants for the summer. Items include chicken breast, burger patty, skirt steak, and a dairy-free woof-cream dessert.

65 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654

14. Saint Lou's Assembly

664 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60661

Old-school meat and three cuisine is revived at this West Loop spot and folks can experience it with their pups out on the popping backyard patio. There’s bleacher seating for 100, lush planters, a bocce ball court, and a fire pit for chillier evenings. On July 14, the restaurant will host a Dog Day of Summer Bash featuring a special canine-friendly menu and a doggy kissing booth.

664 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60661

15. Formento's

925 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
Soak up some sun on one of the West Loop’s widest patios.
Formento’s [Official Photo]

Show off the pooch on one of the West Loop’s widest patios — decorated with hanging lights and an eloquent, Italian-style garde —while enjoying a delicious array of antipasti dishes or nonna’s stupendous meatballs. The restaurant is holding a drinks-and-adoption event with the Anti-Cruelty Society on July 22.

925 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

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16. Taureaux Tavern

155 W Van Buren St, Chicago, IL 60605

Downtown French restaurant Taureaux Tavern is now offering a special canine brunch menu that includes scrambled eggs and a hamburger patty. All items are $6 and are available on its pergola and large outdoor patio, where human diners can try new “poptails,” or an in-house popsicle dunked in a glass of prosecco (Saturdays only).

155 W Van Buren St
Chicago, IL 60605

17. The Spoke & Bird

205 E 18th St, Chicago, IL 60616

Located in the South Loop, Spoke & Bird’s 2,500-square-foot patio is a fine spot to work out of. Guests can pass the time with coffees, sandwiches, craft beers, and their canines if they so desire.

205 E 18th St
Chicago, IL 60616

18. Lo Rez Brewing and Taproom

2101 S Carpenter St, Chicago, IL 60608

No, dogs aren’t allowed to sample any of the beers but they’re welcome to hang out at this Pilsen brewery and taproom. In addition to pets, guests can also bring outside food.

2101 S Carpenter St
Chicago, IL 60608

19. Antique Taco

1000 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609
Benches fill up quickly at Antique Taco.
Antique Taco [Official Photo]

The South Side outpost of the popular taqueria sports delights like crispy fish tacos and horchata milkshakes alongside a spacious 100-seat patio. Of course, it wouldn’t be a real fiesta without some friendly pooches in tow so diners are invited to bring theirs. The original Wicker Park location is dog-friendly too.

1000 W 35th St
Chicago, IL 60609

20. The Promontory

5311 S Lake Park West, Chicago, IL 60615
The Promontory’s sunny, spacious patio
Nick Fochtman/Eater Chicago

Hyde Park’s stylish restaurant/music venue includes a lush, dog-friendly patio. Get a side of fresh air to go along with the hearth-to-table fare.

5311 S Lake Park West
Chicago, IL 60615

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