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The Montrose Dog Beach is Chicago's first legal off-leash beach. Our dog beach is located on the Northwest corner of Montrose Beach (the point closest to the city). Just follow Wilson Avenue until it curves to the left at the lake. Look for the big corrugated steel walls of the old Boat Launch, and you're there. Click here for a Google Maps

There's a nice handicap accessible ramp located in the boat launch, or the old entrance to the beach is to the right (south) of the boat launch, at the end of the path, and down the rockwall. There's a gate in the black fence.

The Dog Beach is open during all regular Chicago Park District hours, roughly from sun-up till 9 P.M. Morning hours are the most popular with dog beach users.

The Dog Beach is free, but DFA tags are required for all dogs, and that will cost you $5.

 

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While the County and Chicago Park District post a long set of rules for the Dog Friendly Areas, we would like to remind everyone who uses the DFA of these essential rules:

 

1. No food on the beach.

2. No prong collars.

3. No more than 3 dogs per person.

4. Pick up after your dog.

We just wanted to remind everyone who brings their dog to Montrose Dog Beach, that this Dog Friendly Area is not guaranteed to be secure with respect to keeping your dog in the DFA. There are many places where our furry friends can find a way out.  So, it is up to the dog's accompanying person to be sure that the dogs don't leave the area without a leash on. Remember that this is a natural area and is subject to natural events that can breach the various attempts to keep the dogs confined.

MONDOG  teamed up with the Alliance of the Great Lakes for their annual September Great Lakes Wide beach cleanup on September 9, 2017

Collectively we picked up 131 pounds of trash and recycling mostly along the perimeters and the rocky areas. We also cut down and dug out many burr laden bushes that were growing along the perimeter fences.

We were blessed with a group of students from East Leyden High School and the Anderson Family as well many individuals and family groups. 

Mondog also had 5 Board members coordinating and helping in the morning activities that took place from 9 AM - 11 AM.

Following are photos of the bigger groups.

 

Just a reminder to all who visit Montrose Dog Beach and other dog parks in the City of Chicago, Dog Friendly Area tags are available at most vets in the city.  This year, the cost is $10 per dog and you need to have your required shots and license up to date to purchase one.

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.


Those bags aren't free!

DONATE TODAY! 

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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