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Home > Illinois Dog Friendly Beaches

Illinois Dog Friendly Beaches

Complete listing of dog and pet friendly beaches in Illinois including
Belmont Harbor Dog Beach, Montrose Harbor Dog Beach , Evanston Dog Beach  and more. If you know of any additional dog friendly beaches in Illinois, please email us at

Chicago: Belmont Harbor Dog Beach
Dogs are allowed off-leash in the fenced beach area north of Belmont Harbor, located off Lake Shore Drive just south of Recreation Drive. This is not an official beach but a strip of sand on the west side of Belmont Harbor.

Chicago: The Susan Kimmelman Off-Leash Dog Beach (Montrose Beach)
The dog beach is a fenced-off area located on the northwest corner of Montrose Beach (the point closest to the city). Dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach but must remain leashed when going to and from the car, or anywhere outside the off-leash area. Everyone who uses the beach is required to have a DFA tag to prove that their dog is vaccinated and in good health.

Evanston: Dog Beach
Evanston's Dog Beach is located just north of the Church Street launch facility, where Church St. meets the lake. The dog beach is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., May through October, weather permitting. Admission is restricted to dogs with a "dog beach season token". 

Highland Park: Moraine Park Dog Beach
A portion of the Moraine Beach is designated as a fenced, off-leash exercise beach for dogs, Apr. 1 through Oct. 31. A permit is required.

Lake Bluff: Sunrise Park & Beach
Dogs are allowed on the north end of Sunrise Beach. In the summer a permit is required to use the beach.

Wilmette: Gillson Park Dog Beach
The Dog Beach in Gillson Park is located at the south end of the park, south of the pier near the Wilmette Harbor. To use the Dog Beach owners must purchase a tag for their dog—fees are $25 for residents and $150 for non-residents. The Gillson Park Dog Beach has specific hours.

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