All dogs using Chicago Dog Parks and Beaches are required to have a DFA tag. DFA (Dog Friendly Area) Tags shows a dog is healthy and up to date on their vaccinations. When dogs are allowed to socialize it's important that they have their vaccinations to prevent an outbreak of potentially life threatening diseases like Parvo and Distemper. Having a tag also shows an owner is a responsible person, and understands the Dog Park rules.

Mondog strongly urges all beach users to be good citizens and get their DFA tags.

What Is Required

The owner or other responsible person bringing any dog into a DFA must have a and tag issued by a participating Veterinarian for each dog. The Veterinarian will issue a permit for any dog when the dog's owner or other person responsible for the dog shows the following:

1. The owner or other responsible person produces a current dog license issued by the City of Chicago, or proof that the dog has a current rabies vaccination.

2. The owner must complete a Chicago Park District Dog Friendly Area Permit Application for each dog. The owner shall provide written proof acceptable to the Park District showing that a licensed veterinarian (or other authorized person) has performed a fecal test for parasites and vaccinated any dog entering a DFA for the following diseases:

  • a. Distemper
  • b. Hepatitis
  • c. Para influenza; and
  • d. Parvovirus
  • e. Boetella

(Current titers where applicable will also be acceptable)
After issuance of a permit, the dog owner is responsible for keeping immunizations thru e above current.

3. The owner must agree to abide by the Chicago Park District Rules and Regulations of a Dog Friendly Area.


Where To Get A Permit In Chicago Dog Friendly Area Permit Applications are available at participating veterinarian offices. A list of the participating veterinarians can be found on the Chicago Park District website at

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The Huffinton Post included Montrose Dog Beach as one of the 9 best dog parks in the USA.  Read the whole article here.

Montrose Dog Friendly Area / Montrose Dog Beach is open year round every day.  The rules are also in effect all year, so be sure to pick up after your dog and most importantly have fun with your pooch.

The ice along the shoreline of the Montrose dog beach is getting unstable and an adult can easily break through. Caution should be taken.  The shoreline is much closer in and lines up with where the fence is broken at the southern end of the beach.

Our first offical cleanup will be Saturday, April 18, 2015 in the morning for Earth Day.


If you are a die hard beach goer, you will have seen many different looks at Montrose Dog Beach over the last month.

Here's some photos, in case you missed one of the vistas. The earliest photo was taken March 1, 2015.





The Canine Influenza Virus (the dog flu) is at serious proportions around Chicago. 

 All unvaccinated dogs are at risk.  Even dogs not acting sick themselves can carry this virus. 

 Enter this Dog Friendly Area (DFA) at your own risk

 The virus is extremely contagious.  Virtually all unvaccinated dogs that are exposed will contract the disease. 

  Symptoms include:



lack of appetite

nasal discharge 

trouble breathing

 If you note any of these symptoms, keep your dog away from other pets and see your veterinarian as soon as possible.

 A vaccine for the dog flu may be suggested for social dogs; contact your veterinarian.  All social dogs are required to have the bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine for DFA licensing. 

 Chicago Veterinary Medical Association

Dr. Donna Alexander, Administrator, Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control

Steve Dale, CABC, WGN Radio

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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