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.

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