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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  • No Food (human or dog food) is allowed inside the DFA
  • Prong collars must be removed at Dog Parks
  • Owners are legally responsible for their dogs and any injuries caused by their dogs.
  • Owners must remain with and watch their dogs at all times.
  • Dogs must be leashed prior to and upon leaving the DFA.  Gates to the DFAs must remain closed except upon entering and exiting the DFA.
  • Owners must immediately clean up after their dogs.  Owners who fail to clean up after their dogs are subject to a fine of up to $500.00 (City of Chicago Ordinance 7-12-420).
  • Dogs with a known history of, or who exhibit, dangerous behaviors are prohibited.
  • Dogs must be healthy, fully immunized, dewormed, licensed and comply with the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control Regulation for Chicago Park District DFAs.
  • No dog will be allowed in a DFA unless it has a current rabies vaccination.
  • Dog owners are responsible for the monitoring and maintenance of the DFA. 
  • Owners or other responsible persons must have a DFA permit with them for each dog visiting the DFA.
  • DFA permits are valid from January 1 through December 31 each year.
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult; younger children must be closely supervised.
  • Only three dogs per person allowed.
  • Puppies under four months old and female dogs in heat are prohibited.
  • Failure to comply with the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control Regulation for Chicago Park District DFAs can result in a fine of up to $500.00. 

This year cleanups are held on a Saturday each month from 9 AM until 11 AM. The next monthly cleanup is Saturday, August 16.

Please look for Board members and our table or bag of cleanup supplies near the entrance to the beach.

We just wanted to reach out and remind everyone that all dog poop must be picked up wherever it is left.  Ultimately any poop left on the ground will wind up back in the lake contaminating the lake water that our dogs use, we wade in, and people swim in.


If your dog is due for a poop, make sure they do it before you let them into the lake.  Cleaning dog poop out of the lake is not only really difficult to do, it really hurts the lake and adds more contamination to our water supply.


So, be a good dog owner and always clean up after your dog.



Here's a photo of the latest lost and found in the box by the main entrance.  As usual, it's mostly keys.


August 23rd Monthly Cleanup

On August 23rd from 9 AM to 11 AM, we will have a cleanup at the beach. Supplies will be provided.

September 13th, Mutt Strutt 

From 11 am until 3 pm, Chicago Canine Rescue will conduct a Mutt Strutt on Southport. Visit the MonDog table.

September 20th Cleanup with Alliance for the Great Lakes

On September 20th from 9 AM to 11 AM, Mondog will be joining up with the Alliance for the Great Lakes to clean our beach.  This cleanup will take the place of our monthly cleanup for September.

October 6th Open Board Meeting

At 7 pm at a location TBD MonDog Board will host an open meeting for all interested persons.

December 6th 3rd Annual Santa Paws Pawty at the Beach

Come to the beach so your pooch can visit with Santa Paws and tell him what he wants for Christmas and have a photo op.



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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