The original guardian of the Montrose Beach Dog Friendly Area, MonDog's mission is to ensure Chicago residents and their canine friends have a fun, clean, and safe beach experience.  A completely volunteer organization, MonDog endeavors to represent the dog beach community with an emphasis on owner participation and responsibility.  MonDog is committed to the ongoing preservation and improvement of Montrose Dog Beach through owner education, volunteer support, and community partnerships.  Please show your support by making a generous donation to MonDog today. MonDog does not share or distribute members info, or send spam to our email list. 


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The MonDog Board wants to remind everyone who uses the parking lot near the entrance to the DFA to pay attention to the handicapped parking areas.  We observed a vehicle being ticketed for parking too close to the restricted parking.

The annual Earth Day cleanup will be observed by the Chicago Park District and Montrose Dog Beach on Saturday, April 26th.  We are planning for the event to start at 9:00 AM and run until noon. We will have a table set up and will provide gloves, garbage bags, and some gardening tools.  If you have them, please bring rakes and shovels.


You will have an opportunity to help cleanup the beach and to join Mondog or make a donation. All our money goes to cleanup events and dog poop bags. Mondog is a 100% volunteer organization that works with the Chicago Park Districk and Friends of the Parks. If you're interested in helping to plan this event, you can contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by posting on our Facebook page.

During the second week of April, the Chicago Park District dispatched a crew to remove the sand that had been burying the fence that runs most of the length of the beach.  As of this week, the fence is fully visible and the large mountains of sand are gone. The fence will need to be repaired in several places and some additional dirt needs to be removed. Below see some photos as the work progressed.



The Montrose Dog Beach is open all year.  In the cooler months when the wind blows, it is noticebly colder at the lakeshore than inland. In the warmer months, the cool lake breeze turn a sweltering day into a lovely one.  Enjoy the beach with your dog and please always pick up after your selves and your dog.

The Montrose Dog Beach DFA always welcomes people with an interest in helping keep this park the pride of Chicago.  Overseeing this DFA is the MONDOG Board. The MONDOG Board is a 100% volunteer organization that plans cleanups, runs fund raisers primarily for beach upkeep and dog poop bags, and helps remind people to abide the rules at the beach so everyone can enjoy their visit. We also maintain this web site and our Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can sign up by coming to an event and telling one of the Board members present or by sending email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Those bags aren't free!


The Bag dispensers at the entrances have been a great help in keeping the beach clean, but they aren't free.  Mondog purchases bags and fills the bag dispensers on the Dog Beach.

Donating to Mondog is a great way to support the dog beach, and keep those dispensers full. Help us help you keep Montrose Dog Beach safe and clean by making a donation today.



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