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.

Our last major cleanup this year will be with the Alliance for the Great Lakes.  This will be held on Saturday, September 19, 9 - 11 AM.


Please signup for the event at Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt a Beach.


We will provide everything you need for participating in the cleanup.  Just be sure to dress for the weather and bring water if it's hot.

This short article is a summary of information found on the Blum Blog, please refer to it for more detailed and additional information.



Not all dogs can swim or are comfortable in the water.  Be sure to give your canine buddy a chance to acclimate especially on days when the surf is up. Throwing their favorite toy way out into the lake may not be the best idea. You may have to retieve it when your pet decides that he or she doesn't want to venture out that far.



When your dog gets his or her ears wet, there is a chance for an ear infection.  Be sure to clean out your dog's ears after they get them wet in the lake.  Consult your vet if you need help in learning how to clean your dog's ears.


When it Gets Chilly Again

If the water is too cold for you, it may also be to cold for your dog.  Dogs can suffer from hypothermia just like humans but they might not realize why they are cold.

Several items in the lost and found bin near the entrance.




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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