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Perhaps most well known for its non-profit, admission-free zoo, Lincoln Park has a lot more to offer than just watching lazy, sun-bathing lions and seals (as if that isn't amazing enough). With or without a pet, you can enjoy a fun-filled adventure in this neighborhood that lasts and easily transitions from day to night. When you're done exploring Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory, you can enjoy a four-course meal at a Michelin star restaurant or head to a divey, local institution blues bar where many of history's blues legends have once graced the stage. However, Lincoln Park isn't just fun for those who walk on two legs. There's plenty to do if you're cute, furry, and have a wagging tail. 

There are plenty of dog-friendly homes and apartments in the area and despite the frigid winter weather, several restaurants boast patios with a relaxed atmosphere that welcome dogs. Whether you're in the mood to try some local microbrews, eat a few authentic Mexican tacos, or sip on a cappuccino, there's likely a patio space you and your four-legged tag-along can enjoy together. 

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Sidewalks abound in the Lincoln Park area, especially near its commercial areas where fellow pedestrians and dog-walkers are plentiful. Because this neighborhood is directly north of downtown Chicago, there are several hotels and businesses that cater to tourists nearby. This means that during high-volume seasons, you and your pet may be trotting around with more people than usual. 

If you feel like escaping the hustle and bustle of the city, head to Lincoln Park, which hosts a number of amenities, including a loop trail that has designated bike and pedestrian paths, keeping your dog safe from any negative interactions with bicyclists. You can even take a series of trails within the 500 acres of Lincoln Park all the way north, even reaching  Foster Beach, or south, reaching down to Navy Pier. 

The city of Chicago is located on the Chicago Plain, emphasizing its flatness, which eventually recedes into Lake Michigan. It's unlikely a typical walk will leave you huffing and puffing or your pet panting as steep hills are not typical.

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Every major metropolitan hub has a spacious, amenity-laden park for its city-dwellers to retreat into. For New York City it's Central, for San Francisco it's Golden Gate, and for Seattle it's Discovery; in Chicago, it's Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park is 500 acres of gardens, open fields, a 150-year-old zoo, and a conservatory. There's even access to the beach from Lincoln Park (however, for dog-friendly beaches, you'll need to head north and visit either Foster or Montrose Beach).  

Some details concerning Lincoln Park and its dog-related rules:

  • Lincoln Park Conservatory 
    The conservatory is, unfortunately, shrouded from passers-by inside of a building, so you can't exactly sneak a peak while in Lincoln Park, walking your pooch. Dogs are not allowed in the conservatory, which specializes in tropical plants and has the peaceful, secluded Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, so be sure to stop by only when your pet is home, safe and sound in their comfy crate. 
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
    Only service dogs are allowed - service does not equate to emotional support animal - so if you own a service animal, be sure to visit with their official certifications and vest on hand. The zoo is open year-round and is always free, thanks to its many volunteers and donors. 
  • Lincoln Park Turf and South Fields
    While these fields are designated for recreational sports, when they aren't in use by cleat-wearing players, it's a great open space for a well-trained dog to run off-leash, just be sure to leash them when others are in the area out of courtesy and safety and clean up after your pet to keep the field clean for players. If you don't feel comfortable on the fields, there are miles of trails throughout Lincoln Park where leashed dogs are welcome, as long as the walkways don't roam into the footage of the Zoo or Conservatory. The paths range from paved to dirt, so if you or your pup are runners, be ready for some terrain challenges. 

Oz Park, named after the infamous book and film, The Wizard of Oz, has a jogging trail through its shady greenery for you and your dog to enjoy. After the exercise, take a much-needed breather and walk around viewing a few statues dedicated to the author, L. Frank Baum, who once lived in the area.  

Bauler Playlot Park is a small neighborhood park that's frequented by the young families living in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. There are spacious sidewalks to stroll down and park benches to sit at and enjoy people and dog watching. 

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