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My Favorite Dog Friendly Bars and Restaurants in Downtown Chicago

The spring has finally arrived, and pet-friendly restaurants are a perfect outdoor activity for you and your furry friend. Where to eat when you are taking your dog with you? There are a lot of great places you can explore in Chicago and enjoy delicious food together with your pet. We strongly recommend you bring a travel water bowl because you’ll need it. Leaving your dog inside, when it’s beautiful and sunny outside, is no joy for any dog owner. That’s why many pet parents try to visit places that are pet-friendly and accept dogs inside. Fortunately, Chicago has a lot of establishments that provide these conditions.

You can enjoy long and relaxing walks and then grab a bite with your pet. Last year we enlarged our family with another member. We actually adopted this cute puppy when Angie from WoofDog.org showed us their rescue cause. Since then, we have bee n exploring the windy city and its restaurants with our little friend.

None of the following spots require a reservation and are open, as long as the weather allows. You should check out our selection of seven best places to dine with your dog.

Big Star

Wicker Park surrounds Big Start, and the massive sidewalk-facing space features more than 80 seats, which are split into two sides. One provides table service with restaurant’s full menu of tacos and margaritas. Each sitting area is sheltered with yellow market umbrellas which is a beautiful setting to spend a beautiful day outside. The other side has a to-go walk-up window, which is an excellent stop while walking. There is a lot of setting area here, but no food and drink. The Big Star in Chicago is so pet-friendly that even has an Instagram hashtag for its four-legged patrons.

Filini

This small Italian restaurant is placed inside of Radisson Blu Aqua hotel, and it features stunning setting for you and your furry friend. It has designed sleek and sheltered sidewalk patio called Lakeshore East. Filini accepts dogs every day, but many visitors say Wednesdays are special. You can treat your dog with a real dog dinner, The Wagging Tail $6, a grilled boneless chicken with carrots, Bad to the Bone $6, a bacon cheeseburger and Lost Me Lucky Charms $5, a perfect portion of meatballs. If you want to give your dog a tasty meal, then bring him to Filini.

Hearth & Market

Chicago has one of the best pizzas in the world because mobile pizza-makers have brought their wood-burning ovens here. But now, every Friday your dog can enjoy them as well. A dog-friendly backyard at the Plant Chicago is a perfect setting to enjoy weekend mornings with your pet. You can get breakfast pizza for $17, with sunny chicken or duck eggs when they are available. If you want to spend some quality time with your pet and still enjoy the beautiful weather outside, then you will come to Hearth & Market.

Jim’s Original

The unique Maxwell Street-style stand located on the University of Illinois at Chicago neighborhood accepts customers 24/7 with a walk-up window only. The restaurant features stainless steel counter for customers and a sidewalk area for your dog. Regardless of what you get, Jim’s Original has excellent food, and it’s a unique environment for your pet.

Mott St

An excellent place with fencing that shields you and your pet from the crowded Ashland Avenue. Mott St will provide you a beautiful and spacious setting for nearly 70 people. This place offers Asian food, in most cases dinner only, but you can enjoy Sunday brunch too.

Nellcote

Nellcote is an excellent dog-friendly sidewalk café that offers you excellent food but at the same time pleasant setting for your dog. Considering it’s an Italian restaurant, you can order pizza, different drinks, and complimentary dog treats. This restaurant has another remarkable feature, a percentage of sold food goes to a nonprofit dog rescue and humanitarian organization. Nellcote will provide you a friendly environment, and you can spend some lovely time enjoying the food, together with your dog.

The Promontory

If you love the aroma of smoking wood, then this place will lure you in. With its dramatic loftlike patio in Hyde Park, this place is perfect to bring your pet. It is entirely sheltered by a deck above, and the restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows which offer you a stunning view, that looks inside bar and dining room. The patio is open and airy and rich in greenery that provides privacy.

The most popular cocktail bar in Chicago

The Most Popular Cocktail Bar In Chicago

I already mentioned how I like to travel and discover great places for having food and drinks but, the city of Chicago will always have a special place in my heart not because I live here but, because it has everything that a man like me could wish for. Architecture, the river, the lake, the parks, the green, the bars, the restaurants and the rest of the sightseeing wonders simply mean the world to me.


Wherever I go, I always come back gladly to the warm embrace of my city. With this in mind, and since I love cocktails, I decided to share my opinion about the best cocktail bar here. So, without any further delay, here it is, the one and only Lost Lake cocktail bar, a place where you will find the most amazing drinks and cocktails that you ever had the privilege laying your eyes on. It is completely true what the rumors say, the bartenders are not really bartenders, they are actually magicians and what they can do with drinks is only explainable with the word magic.

Chicago CoctailSome of their cocktails look like they are not of this world, the colors and shapes are simply unbelievable. Some of them glow in the dark, others introduce new shapes when exposed to light. Of course, there is a huge selection of normal cocktails but, who wants to bother with these when they can find cocktails that look like they are about to come alive right now. Now, what is really interesting about Lost Lake is that it’s not a crowd-pleasing cocktail bar. Not at all, it is much more challenging and that is exactly what makes it the most interesting.

That is also what makes it my number one and for a good reason. It is all about how much you can take and how far are you willing to go with experimenting with various drinks. Let me tell, there is no place in Chicago that offers such selection of amazing looking drinks like Lost Lake and the food is outstanding.

Buy Your Own Booze Bars In Chicago

Buy Your Own Booze Bars In Chicago

BYOB bars have become really popular as of late and I have really enjoyed traveling around and visiting some of these awesome bars. Most of the time, these are small places, usually held by a couple of friends who wanted a place where they can relax, have a few drinks, make a party and enjoy with their friends and families. I can only tell you that you can find the most amazing atmosphere in these bars.


People are cheerful, friendly and warm, you can easily start a conversation with total strangers and exchange drinks with them. For a totally different bar experience, this is what I call a must see tourist attraction. Everyone who is in Chicago for the first time, should take some time off and pay a visit to a whole bunch of BYOB bars because it is simply outstandingly good.

And since I am always into food, some of these places have the best food and traditional dishes that you can try. What is really great about Chicago, is that you can find almost every cuisine from all over the world. Chinese, Mexican, Indian, Middle Eastern, Japanese, Thai, you name it and you got it. Simple as that. One more exceptionally great thing about these bars is that you can always get a good recommendation which wine or beer harmoniously matches with which food.

The best city for various bars

BYOB ChicagoAll these bars are focused on their food as much as they are on the booze and it is safe to say that they manage to set a high standard for all other similar places across the city. People know that Chicago is a bit special and not like other cities and this is just one among many things that prove it so. And these are just the bars where you can get your own booze among many.

There are other countless beer bars, wine bars, cocktail bars and so on. The city of Chicago is the best place for bar food and drinks that you can find across the whole country, take my word for it. And this is all because there is so much dedication to getting this bar thing to perfection. If you decide to try your luck with bars in Chicago, you will discover that this is the best city for great meals and drinks.

One more thing to add here. Each bar has its own program, both music and shows, so expect to see a lot of funny and crazy stuff. Have a glass of wine, or beer or drink the strangest cocktail ever, the choice is yours. Chicago is a place for everyone literally.