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. 

October 6th Open Board Meeting

At 7 pm at Margate Field House, MonDog Board will host an open meeting for all interested persons.

October 26th Petco Sponsored Event

See Events page for additional information

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.



The team from the Alliance met up with the Mondog Board members: Mike, Judy, and Shelly for a successful cleanup at Montrose Dog Friendly area.  The group was able to solicite help from many beach goers and run a complete cleanup.  In excess of five large garbage bags of debris were collected.

Following are some photos from the PAWS fund raising event held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 alongside of the cleanup.


First the human artist adds paint

Next the Paws volunteer gets it ready for the dog artist


Next the dogs adds his or her paws and expertise.


The final artwork suitable for framing!

The meeting will take place at 7:00 PM at the Margate Field House located at 4921 N. Marine Drive   Chicago, Illinois 60640 



Introductions / refreshments: 10 minutes


Treasury report: 10 minutes


MONDOG planning: 20 minutes


            Strengths and Weaknesses assessment and short discussion


Santa Paws on the Beach/December 6: 60 minutes


            Time for event


            Budget:  promotions / decorations / other


            Promotional events – Santa photos / Ugly sweater contest / Fetch portraits


            Volunteers needed:


Publicity - Press Release / Email Invites / Social media


Poster design


Poster distribution


Collection of Donations – Raffle baskets / beverages


Assembly of Goodie Bags


Setup and decorations


Collect donations


Run events




Other business, if any: 10 minutes


Next meeting time and place / adjournment: 10 minutes 


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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