Wag! for Pet Parents

Five starsFive starsFive starsFive starsFive stars

43k+ reviews

Install

pet-parent-illustration

Pet Parent

Find Pet Caregivers on Wag!

Sign up

Already have an account?

Sign in

pet-parent-illustration

Pet Caregiver

Find pet care jobs on Wag!

Approved Caregiver?

Get the app

Best dog walkers in Chicago

Book on demand and scheduled walks with local dog walkers

Filter icon
Recommended
Dog Walking

On-demand, scheduled, and recurring walks

Type to search cities...

$10

$90

1 mi30 mi
Pet Experience
Training Experience
Health Wellness

Best dog walkers in Chicago

Book on demand and scheduled walks with local dog walkers

Recommended
Promoted Caregiver
sonia S avatar

1. sonia S

Wag! Expert icon
Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60641

from$16

Five stars

4.9 (238)

Walk

Drop-In

Sitting

Boarding

from$16

Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60641

View profile
Promoted Caregiver
Will P avatar

2. Will P

Wag! Expert icon
Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60613

from$16

Five stars

4.9 (1898)

Walk

Drop-In

Sitting

Boarding

from$16

Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60613

View profile
Promoted Caregiver
Kaitlyn G avatar

3. Kaitlyn G

Wag! Expert icon
Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60622

from$19

Five stars

4.9 (157)

Walk

Drop-In

Sitting

Boarding

from$19

Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60622

View profile
Promoted Caregiver
Monica B avatar

4. Monica B

Wag! Expert icon
Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60605

from$15

Five stars

4.9 (82)

Walk

Drop-In

Sitting

Boarding

from$15

Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60605

View profile
Promoted Caregiver
Jeffrey M avatar

5. Jeffrey M

Wag! Expert icon
Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60640

from$19

Five stars

4.8 (46)

Walk

Drop-In

Sitting

Boarding

from$19

Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60640

View profile
Jay M avatar

6. Jay M

Wag! Expert icon
Location icon

Los Angeles, CA, 90017

from$16

Five stars

4.9 (29)

Walk

Drop-In

Sitting

Boarding

from$16

Location icon

Los Angeles, CA, 90017

View profile
Gabrielle J avatar

7. Gabrielle J

Wag! Expert icon
Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60607

from$16

Five stars

4.9 (230)

Walk

Drop-In

Sitting

Boarding

from$16

Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60607

View profile
Alexandra A avatar

8. Alexandra A

Wag! Expert icon
Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60623

from$17

Five stars

5 (59)

Walk

Drop-In

Sitting

Boarding

from$17

Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60623

View profile
Elyaher R avatar

9. Elyaher R

Wag! Expert icon
Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60623

from$17

Five stars

4.8 (493)

Walk

Drop-In

Sitting

Boarding

from$17

Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60623

View profile
Jasmine R avatar

10. Jasmine R

Wag! Expert icon
Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60601

from$15

Five stars

4.9 (401)

Walk

Drop-In

Sitting

Boarding

from$15

Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60601

View profile
Fatima J avatar

11. Fatima J

Wag! Expert icon
Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60608

from$17

Five stars

4.9 (66)

Walk

Drop-In

Sitting

Boarding

from$17

Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60608

View profile
Jayla H avatar

12. Jayla H

Wag! Expert icon
Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60609

from$15

Five stars

5 (2)

Walk

Drop-In

Sitting

Boarding

from$15

Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60609

View profile
Sujae V avatar

13. Sujae V

Wag! Expert icon
Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60608

from$18

Five stars

5 (40)

Walk

Drop-In

Sitting

Boarding

from$18

Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60608

View profile
Glen K avatar

14. Glen K

Wag! Expert icon
Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60608

from$16

Five stars

5 (4)

Walk

Drop-In

Sitting

Boarding

from$16

Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60608

View profile
Brittany A avatar

15. Brittany A

Wag! Expert icon
Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60608

from$18

Five stars

4.9 (36)

Walk

Drop-In

Sitting

Boarding

from$18

Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60608

View profile
Bria R avatar

16. Bria R

Wag! Expert icon
Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60608

from$18

Five stars

5 (9)

Walk

Drop-In

Sitting

Boarding

from$18

Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60608

View profile
Felicia L avatar

17. Felicia L

Wag! Expert icon
Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60616

from$15

Five stars

5 (19)

Walk

Drop-In

Sitting

Boarding

from$15

Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60616

View profile
Lily M avatar

18. Lily M

Wag! Expert icon
Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60612

from$16

Five stars

4.9 (27)

Walk

Drop-In

Sitting

Boarding

from$16

Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60612

View profile
Leila R avatar

19. Leila R

Wag! Expert icon
Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60608

from$16

Five stars

5 (23)

Walk

Drop-In

Sitting

Boarding

from$16

Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60608

View profile
Justin P avatar

20. Justin P

Wag! Expert icon
Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60605

from$18

Five stars

4.9 (259)

Walk

Drop-In

Sitting

Boarding

from$18

Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60605

View profile
Nicole K avatar

21. Nicole K

Wag! Expert icon
Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60609

from$16

Five stars

4.9 (72)

Walk

Drop-In

Sitting

Boarding

from$16

Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60609

View profile
Margaret  C avatar

22. Margaret C

Wag! Expert icon
Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60607

from$18

Five stars

5 (88)

Walk

Drop-In

Sitting

Boarding

from$18

Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60607

View profile
Christina L avatar

23. Christina L

Wag! Expert icon
Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60612

from$16

Five stars

5 (1)

Walk

Drop-In

Sitting

Boarding

from$16

Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60612

View profile
Joel C avatar

24. Joel C

Wag! Expert icon
Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60632

from$18

Five stars

5 (25)

Walk

Drop-In

Sitting

Boarding

from$18

Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60632

View profile
Maria D avatar

25. Maria D

Wag! Expert icon
Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60616

from$15

Five stars

4.1 (21)

Walk

Drop-In

Sitting

Boarding

from$15

Location icon

Chicago, IL, 60616

View profile

1

2

3

4

5

How to book dog walkers near me

  • get matched icon

    Get matched

    A top-rated local Caregiver will match with you; or you can choose to browse Caregivers near you.

  • follow along icon

    Follow along

    Receive live updates and photos. Track your pup's walk via GPS.

  • report card icon

    Get a report card

    Once your pet is home, view details on how the walk went, complete with a photo!

Why find pet care through Wag!?

Wag! is the nation's fastest-growing network of vetted and background checked pet sitters, overnight boarding, dog walkers, dog trainers, and even virtual vet chat. Schedule ahead for pet care while you are away, or book on-demand pet care during the workday. In minutes you can book a nearby dog sitter, daycare provider, or dog walker, who'll take complete care of your loved one - at their place or yours.

Customer Reviews

Read reviews of Chicago, IL dog walkers

4.9

Five starsFive starsFive starsFive starsFive stars

2048 reviews

Wag! Pet care provider and dog

Why book a dog walker in Chicago?

Your pup wants to see the Chicago, IL sights just as much as you do, whether they're taking a quick spin around the block or frolicking in their favorite nearby park. Dog walkers on the Wag! platform are experienced with dogs of all shapes and sizes, ensuring your dog is safe and happy as they explore Chicago, IL. You can work, play, or run errands knowing you don't have to worry about pet care while you're out.

The best dog friendly neighborhoods in Chicago

49

49

Wicker Park

For those who bark, look no further than Wicker Park! This Chicago neighborhood has not one, not two, but three fenced-in, off-leash dog parks. How do you decide which one is best for you and your canine compadre?聽Walsh Playground Dog Park聽is the place to go if you want wide open spaces and shelter from the summer sun. Head on over to聽Churchill Field Dog Park聽for a game of fetch with Fido. The humans can also play ball on the baseball field.聽Last but definitely not least is聽Wicker Park Dog Park.聽This dog park is the only one of the three to feature real, live grass for all of your dog's rolling, sniffing, and running needs! Wicker Park Dog Park tends to get busy on weekends, so it may be easier to get into the other two parks on Saturdays and Sundays.Keep reading
36

36

River North

The trendy River North neighborhood lures culture vultures and party people alike with an impressive array of art galleries, glitzy bars, and chic clubs. Sparky will surely be tugging on the leash the whole way to聽A. Montgomery Ward Park! Nestled on the banks of the Chicago River, the park features a dog-friendly area, called Larrabee Dog Park, which is a "pawpular" spot with locals and dog walkers in Chicago. On-site amenities include drinking water for doggos and a mess-free surface of pea gravel. Just don't forget to bring plenty of waste bags! After your buddy has sniffed out some new four-legged friends, treat yourself to a taco or craft brew at one of the neighborhood's dog-friendly restaurants and bars.

Keep reading
24

24

Near North Side

Dubbed one of Chicago's most walkable neighborhoods, Near North Side is a must-see for four-legged foodies and fashionistas. The district is also one of the oldest neighborhoods in Chi-Town, making it the perfect spot for hound-dog history buffs. Once you've walked up an appetite, take your pick of dog-friendly restaurants serving up everything from coffee and donuts to five-star fare. Get some seafood at Juniper Spirits and Oysters inside the Claridge Hotel, or check out Barrio which features a dog menu in the summer. The aptly-named Magnificent Mile is a magnet for shopaholics, boasting dozens of dog-friendly stores, pet boutiques, and even hotels. For a truly unique experience, book a cruise with your canine to see Chicago from a different perspective.

Keep reading
13

13

Near South Side

Located just a bone's throw from the Loop and Lake Michigan, Near South Side is a "furrific" area for puppers that features museums and high-rise condos.聽What does Chicago's Near South Side have to offer our fuzziest family members? Two beautiful dog parks! The first of these is the renowned聽Fred Anderson Dog Park. This hot spot for Spot features separate enclosures for large and small pups. Things get fancy with a special performance area complete with a stage if your dog is the competitive type. Though smaller than Fred Anderson Dog Park, what聽Coliseum Dog Park聽lacks in space it more than makes up for in amenities. Water and waste baggies are provided, and you'll usually find plenty of other dogs playing here. If you and your dog travel with kiddos, this park is right up your alley. The surrounding community park features a fun playground, making it the "pawfect" place to take the kids 鈥 fur-babies included!

Keep reading
1

1

Uptown

Most folks know Uptown for its Prohibition-era history. Many of the bars and snazzy jazz clubs you'll see today were pupular hangouts for world-famous gangsters like Al Capone back in the Roaring '20s. Modern-day Uptown is just as glamorous, home to live concerts, gourmet cuisine, and upscale entertainment venues. The star attraction for your woofer will be the Montrose Dog Beach.聽Puptown at Margate Park聽is another "grrreat" place to play off-leash. Maintained by volunteers, this park provides drinking water and waste baggies. In the summer, the sprinklers offer a fun way for your canine to stay cool. When you've explored all of Uptown's parks, settle in for a hearty meal complete with beautiful views of Lake Michigan.

Keep reading

Frequently asked questions

How much does a dog walk cost in Chicago, IL?

plus-wag-green-icon

How do I find and choose a dog walker in Chicago, IL?

plus-wag-green-icon

How long does a dog walk last in Chicago, IL?

plus-wag-green-icon

How to book a dog walk in Chicago, IL?

plus-wag-green-icon

We're America's most trusted dog walking service
Chicago, Illinois

Famous dog in Chicago聽

Theo the Golden Retriever was a dying dog with a huge bucket list. He was adopted at 12 years old, terminally ill with cancer, after being allegedly abandoned in a Walmart parking lot. He quickly stole the hearts of his adoptive family, the Leeches. Despite his grim diagnosis, he was still full of joy and had lots of life left to live.聽

Theo鈥檚 bucket list initially included a boat ride, a fire station visit, and going on a play date. After聽CBS 2聽picked up Theo鈥檚 story, news of his bucket list began to spread beyond Chicago, and the family began receiving emails from far and wide, including India, Australia, New Zealand, and Germany. He was even featured in聽British tabloids聽and聽People Magazine!聽聽

One by one, Theo started checking things off his聽fun-filled聽bucket list. Some of his accomplishments include being sworn in as an honorary police K-9 for the police department, going (pretend) skydiving, riding top-down in a Mustang, going to a concert, and meeting an Elvis Impersonator. He鈥檚 even had a beer named after him 鈥 Theo's Octopus beer from Roaring Table Brewery.聽

When the Leech family adopted Theo, they thought he only had a good couple of weeks. He gave them over 6 months of thrilling memories before heading to doggy heaven in December 2020.聽聽


Golden Retriever laying in the grass


Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Chicago

Fancy a bite to eat with your four-legged pal? Check out some of these聽dog-furiendly restaurants聽in the Windy City for a night out your pup will howl about!

Parson's Chicken & Fish

Parson鈥檚 Chicken and Fish聽has four Chicago locations to choose from, in the neighborhoods of Logan Square, Lincoln Park, Andersonville, and West Town. Their locations feature patios with plenty of outdoor seating for dogs and their owners. They serve fried chicken, fish, and other Southern-inspired dishes. The patio also has a walk-up bar with refreshing drinks to enjoy while lounging with your pup.

The Dock at Montrose Beach

The Dock聽is a casual restaurant located right on the beach and boasts beautiful lakefront views. Dogs are welcome on the outdoor patio, and the menu features classic beach food like burgers, hot dogs, and fish tacos. You may even get to enjoy some late-night luaus and live music throughout the summer!聽

90 Miles Cuban Cafe

90 Miles Cuban Cafe聽is a Cuban restaurant that has two locations in Chicago, Lincoln Park and Roscoe Village. Both offer dog-friendly outdoor seating! They serve delicious Cuban sandwiches, empanadas, and other traditional dishes. The staff even keeps a bowl of water on hand for furry patrons. Don鈥檛 miss their live music on Thursdays!聽

The Little Goat Diner

The Little Goat Dinner聽is a trendy spot in the West Loop neighborhood and has a spacious outdoor seating area where pups are welcome. The menu features modern takes on classic diner fare, like chicken and waffles and breakfast sandwiches.

Rockwell's Neighborhood Grill

Located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood,聽Rockwell's Neighborhood Grill聽is a dog-friendly spot with a large outdoor patio. The menu features American classics like burgers and fries, and they also offer a dog menu with treats and meals specifically for your furry friend.



Dog-friendly event in Chicago

Cruise on the Chicago River, Chicago, IL

Mercury Cruises offers a聽Canine Cruise, which is a fun and unique way to explore Chi-Town with your furry best friend. From the vantage point of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, you can enjoy sights of the skyline while listening to a lively commentary about the history and architecture of the area. They鈥檒l point out the many dog-friendly points of interest along the way, so you can even start planning your next adventure!聽

While you sit back and enjoy the views, your pup can enjoy the wind in their fur. The boat offers plenty of safe outdoor seating, water bowls, and a special newspaper-lined restroom for your pal. Bar and snack services are available for humans. The cruises kick off July 8th and run until October 1st, at 10 AM on Saturdays and Sundays. You can purchase tickets online or at the ticket office on the day of. Be sure to keep your pup leashed, and enjoy a day out on the water with your pupper!聽



Where to take pics of your dog in Chicago聽

In this iconic city, there's no shortage of furbulous backdrops for your pup's big city adventure! Here are just a few!

Bridge along the 606 Trail, Chicago, IL

The 606 Trail

The 606, also known as the Bloomingdale Trail, is a 2.7-mile elevated park and trail that were built on what was once an industrial train line. It runs through several Chicago neighborhoods and offers great photo ops with your pooch. You can capture your pup enjoying the scenic views and street art along the way.


The Bean at Millenium Park, Chicago, IL

Millennium Park

If there鈥檚 one photo-op you can鈥檛 miss while in Chi-town, it鈥檚 the iconic Cloud Gate sculpture in聽Millennium Park, also known as "The Bean." While this whimsical work of art makes for a great photo backdrop with your dog, the park also features beautiful gardens and art installations that are perfect for taking memorable shots.


Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

Navy Pier

The Ferris wheel and other attractions at聽Navy Pier聽provide a fun and exciting backdrop for photos with your dog. Plus, there are plenty of outdoor spaces where your pup can enjoy the lakefront view.


Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

The Art Institute of Chicago

After capturing the classic photo op with the聽Art Institute's聽iconic lions, there's plenty to explore in the surrounding areas with your doggo. The architecture and gardens offer plenty of other picturesque settings for photos for the cultured pup.



Animal Shelter Spotlight in Chicago

As one of the oldest animal shelters in Chicago, the Anti-Cruelty Society had humble beginnings. In 1899, four compassionate women had a meeting to discuss Chicago鈥檚 forgotten animal population. Their three primary goals were to suppress cruelty to animals, to educate the public on humane treatment, and to create a refuge for strays. In 1904, they opened their first small animal shelter and began initiatives like providing watering troughs for workhorses in the city. Now, The Anti-Cruelty Society serves more than 40,000 pets and their humans each year through sheltering, spay/neuter services, training, behavior hotline, classes, and programs.聽

Check out their website to see what furry friends are available to join your family. You can also see a list of fundraiser events they host, including the Anti-Cruelty Society鈥檚 annual BARK on May 20th, 2023. This is Chicago鈥檚 oldest dog-friendly, outdoor fundraiser, and something you won鈥檛 want to miss! The event begins with a 2-mile walk along Chicago鈥檚 beautiful lakefront, followed by the best Pup Party in town with food, beverages, music, family activities, and dog-friendly demonstrations.聽

It鈥檚 safe to say that the Anti-Cruelty Society has had a huge positive impact on Chicago鈥檚 pet population.聽



medium white dog taking a walking with couple in neighborhood

The most popular dog names of 2023 in Illinois

Guest Author:聽Amber Spencer-Knowles聽鈥 Stacker Media

You've done everything on your checklist. Got pet insurance and found a great, affordable veterinarian. Didn't forget to puppy-proof the house and scanned high and low for the best quality dog food. Just one thing's missing: What will you name your new furry family member?

In the past century, man's best friend has had various popular names. Spike, Fido, and Buddy are classic names. But what if you're looking for something more unique? Or, you want to give them a classic name, like Charlie? Whatever you choose to call your puppy pal, you want to make sure it's just right.

What's in a name, you might ask? Sometimes, what you see is what you get. Other times, it's quite the complete opposite. According to the PetHelpful, the ideal dog name should be kept to one to two syllables. Why? You'll get your puppy's attention faster. Another helpful tip: give your furry friend a name you won't get tired of repeating.

Wag! ranked the 50 most popular dog names in Illinois based on its users' data. Find your next pup's name below, or see if your canine companion's name made the cut.

#50. Murphy
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.19%
- National rank: #57

#49. Oreo
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.19%
- National rank: #39

#48. Winston
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.19%
- National rank: #46

#47. Ellie
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.20%
- National rank: #49

#46. Blue
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.26%
- National rank: #40

#45. Roxy
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.27%
- National rank: #38

#44. Maggie
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.27%
- National rank: #30

#43. Bruno
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.28%
- National rank: #43

#42. Jax
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.28%
- National rank: #37

#41. Mia
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.28%
- National rank: #41

#40. Ollie
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.29%
- National rank: #45

#39. Rosie
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.31%
- National rank: #42

#38. Tucker
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.35%
- National rank: #36

#37. Lucky
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.40%
- National rank: #33

#36. Zeus
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.41%
- National rank: #34

#35. Bentley
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.46%
- National rank: #26

#34. Sophie
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.48%
- National rank: #35

#33. Harley
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.52%
- National rank: #31

#32. Zoey
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.56%
- National rank: #29

#31. Lily
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.57%
- National rank: #28

#30. Chloe
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.57%
- National rank: #22

#29. Duke
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.60%
- National rank: #20

#28. Levi
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.61%
- National rank: Not ranked in the top 100

#27. Jack
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.65%
- National rank: #19


Small brown and white dog playing outside with green ball

#26. Riley
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.71%
- National rank: #32

#25. Louie
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.76%
- National rank: #50

#24. Penny
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.78%
- National rank: #27

#23. Toby
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.79%
- National rank: #24

#22. Sadie
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.80%
- National rank: #16

#21. Wrigley
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.81%
- National rank: Not ranked in the top 100

#20. Molly
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.85%
- National rank: #15

#19. Leo
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.86%
- National rank: #21

#17. Oliver (tie)
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.87%
- National rank: #25

#17. Nala (tie)
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.87%
- National rank: #18

#16. Teddy
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 1.88%
- National rank: #23

#15. Stella
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 2.08%
- National rank: #17

#14. Bear
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 2.10%
- National rank: #14

#13. Milo
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 2.38%
- National rank: #11

#12. Rocky
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 2.59%
- National rank: #13

#11. Bailey
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 2.60%
- National rank: #8

#10. Buddy
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 2.68%
- National rank: #9

#9. Lola
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 2.77%
- National rank: #10

#8. Daisy
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 2.85%
- National rank: #6

#7. Cooper
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 2.89%
- National rank: #12

#6. Lucy
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 2.95%
- National rank: #5

#5. Coco
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 2.97%
- National rank: #7

#4. Luna
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 3.84%
- National rank: #2

#3. Max
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 4.22%
- National rank: #3

#2. Charlie
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 4.26%
- National rank: #4

#1. Bella
- Share of Illinois's top 50 names: 5.65%
- National rank: #1

Want to see other state's rankings? Check out the聽top 10 in each of the 50 states.


Learn more in the Wag! app

Five starsFive starsFive starsFive starsFive stars

43k+ reviews

Install


2024 Wag Labs, Inc. All rights reserved.