Dog walking in Chicago

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How it works

Flexible scheduling

Select the date and time that best suit your needs. Want a walk ASAP? We’ve got you covered.

Customized for your pup

Choose between a 20-minute, 30-minute, or 60-minute stroll for your dog.

Follow along

Track your walk with our live GPS tracker, then view your detailed report card after the walk.

What is Wag!?

Wag! is the nation's fastest-growing network of pre-screened and insured pet sitters and dog walkers. In less than 15 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.

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Peggy GChicago, IL

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“Serving Dogs of the Lakeview East Area Exclusively”

Hi! I'm Peggy and I am a life-long dog lover. I grew up with an adorable Labrador and I volunteer as a foster parent for Alive Rescue, though which I adopted my dog Rory. I'm comfortable with all breeds and temperaments. I respect the importance dogs have in our lives and I promise to treat your dog as if it were my own.

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Oral medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, Dogs who pull, Fast walker

Julie KChicago, IL

4.99

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My name is Julie. I live in Lakeview with my beautiful four year old chocolate Lab. I've loved dogs all my life. I frequently volunteer at Chicago Canine Rescue and am certified in pet CPR and first aid.

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Dog first aid and/or CPR, Oral medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Training experience, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

Jamie YChicago, IL

4.99

(1801)

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​Hi, I'm Jamie! I have experience dog walking and sitting for many different breeds, old and young, big and small. I take the health and safety of the dogs I work with seriously. To be the best walking companion for your dog, I have done extensive research on safe dog walking tips and techniques, and the various types of collars and harnesses to ensure your dog remains safe and healthy while they are in my care.​

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Michele OChicago, IL

4.98

(1806)

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I've always been around animals and dogs since I could walk, and when I was old enough to work I knew there would be no better fit than working with animals! I have volunteered at a shelter and worked professionally with animals in a retail environment. Due to a heavy school schedule I had to leave that job but now that Wag! exists I can still work with pups!

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High energy dogs, Training experience, Puppy care, Fast walker

Angelica VChicago, IL

4.98

(1325)

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“Your fur baby’s home away from home!”

Hi! I'm Angie and I'm here to provide you and your fur baby the best care there is! I’m friendly, energetic, and loving. I have one dog and four very friendly cats. I have been dog walking for 3+ years and pet sitting for years. In addition, I have experience fostering and rescuing animals and I'm studying to become a vet tech. I assure you your pup(s) will have lots of exercise and fun-filled adventures, plus plenty of belly rubs. You can expect photo/video updates from me with great scenery!

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Dog first aid and/or CPR, Can run with dogs, Oral medicine administration, Injected medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Puppy care, Fast walker

Andrew MChicago, IL

4.97

(1585)

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My name is Andrew. I am a huge dog lover and own a husky puppy named Mack, who is not only great with other dogs but is great training for walking your dog! I am a student at DePaul, so I have a pretty open schedule and am mostly available in the Lincoln Park and Gold Coast areas. I can't wait to meet you and your furry friend(s)!

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Robert HChicago, IL

4.96

(2003)

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Hi, I’m located in Logan Square and parent to a nine year old rescued pit bull, and in the past have been foster parent to rescued dogs while they were awaiting placement in their forever homes. I love all kinds of dogs, big, small, and in between, and have a particular fondness for pit bulls and other bully breeds, because they’re so cute and sweet!

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Cree RChicago, IL

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I am a semi retired professional with a passion for animals. Growing up on a farm in North Carolina I was exposed to a lot of dogs: hunting dogs, house dogs, guard dogs, herding dogs, etc. The advantage of living on the farm was that you got to play with the working animals when they weren’t working and I spent a lot of time with dogs learning valuable lessons of how they interact with people and other animals and how they think. All through my life I have been around dogs and cats. I have owned three dogs of my own and have had relationships with other dogs belonging to roommates housemates and neighbors. I am very attuned to the challenges of having a pet in the city and understand the importance of seeing that the animals get the proper attention and care. Caring for dogs is not just a job for me it’s a passion and it’s important that I give each dog I encounter the same attention that I would give my own dog.

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Martin MChicago, IL

4.95

(1628)

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I'm a lifelong dog owner and personal dog sitter. Taking out my dog for a nice hike in the forest is blissful. Fur babies just add a very special element into our lives.

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Kevin WChicago, IL

4.95

(1320)

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My name is Kevin! I've owned dogs my whole life. I care deeply about animals, and have had big and small breeds. I have pet sitting, allergy, and medication-administering experience. Dogs give me life!

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Oral medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

Dog Walking in Chicago

Chi-Town is a hip destination for hounds and humans alike, boasting an abundance of dog-friendly beaches, parks, restaurants, shopping opportunities, and so much more. In the 19th century, Chicago adopted the motto "Urbs in horto," which translates to “City in a Garden.” The city’s parks now flourish under the Chicago Park District, which oversees more than 500 parks encompassing more than 8,000 acres.

Included in this vast number of recreational areas are dozens of dog-friendly parks, most of which have areas where pups can play off-leash. Jackson Park is a popular choice for active dogs, due in large part to its obstacles and agility equipment. With an array of toys, this park is guaranteed to keep any curious doggo entertained.

Montrose Dog Beach

 has a fenced-in stretch set up especially for canine beachgoers. This dog-friendly area is open during the usual Chicago Park District hours and offers a space where dogs can safely run and swim.

If hiking is more your speed, take your dog with you along the Lakefront Trail. This 18-mile-long path winds along Lake Michigan, offering a beautiful view of the water as you take in the sun and wind, and get some exercise with your furry friend. 

There are a few things you should know before setting out to romp at Chicago's dog parks. All dogs must have a permit and a tag from one of the veterinarians listed on the Chicago Park District website. To obtain a permit, you'll need to pay a small fee, fill out an application, and provide proof of vaccinations for rabies and parasites. Dog owners who don't abide by the rules could face a hefty fine, so play it safe and get a permit!

If you're setting out on an adventure that doesn't welcome woofers, why not book a dog sitter in Chicago to keep your pal occupied? Wag!'s on-demand dog walking services make it easy to find Chicago dog walkers to care for your canine while you're out and about.

The good news is this puptastic city has no shortage of dog-friendly destinations. Read on to discover the top five dog-friendly neighborhoods in Chicago.

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Chicago

Near North Side

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Population Density
29,770 per sq. mi.

Near North Side

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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.

River North

36
Dog Parks
1 park

Population Density
5,820 per sq. mi.

River North

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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 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.

Wicker Park

25
Dog Parks
3 parks

Population Density
27,300 per sq. mi.

Wicker Park

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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? Walsh Playground Dog Park is the place to go if you want wide open spaces and shelter from the summer sun. Head on over to Churchill Field Dog Park for a game of fetch with Fido. The humans can also play ball on the baseball field. Last but definitely not least is Wicker Park Dog Park. 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.

Near South Side

13
Dog Parks
2 parks

Population Density
11,930 per sq. mi.

Near South Side

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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. 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 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 Coliseum Dog Park 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 — fur-babies included!

Uptown

1
Dog Parks
2 parks

Population Density
24,300 per sq. mi.

Uptown

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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. Puptown at Margate Park 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.