Located on the Northwest corner of Montrose Beach, the Dog Beach (MonDog) is one of the first and biggest legal, off-leash beach parks in Chicago. The easiest way to navigate your way to the right area is to take Wilson Avenue through the curve that turns into Lawrence Avenue. You will come across the park halfway down Lawrence. The majority of parking is available along the street (the parking lot at the entrance ramp is small and fills up fast). There is handicap access.
By law, Dog-Friendly Area (DFA) tags are required for each dog and can be obtained through a participating veterinarian for $5/ year. These tags are for the health and safety of all dogs as they prove that the dog is up to date on their required vaccines and tested negative for parasites. DFA tags also indicate that the owner has familiarized themselves and agreed to all of Chicago's Park District Rules and Regulations.
This Lake Michigan Beach is extensive with ample white sand and accessible lake surface area. The water depth varies and it has a shallow shore lead in that makes introducing new dogs to the water easy. Trees and therefore natural shade is limited, so please be prepared to provide a comfortable space for you and your pup to cool off. The dog beach is fenced off on both sides with the lake being a third barrier; however, these fences can easily be penetrated. With that, it is pertinent that your dog listens to commands and stays near you at all times.
Your pooch is your responsibility; therefore, you are required to monitor them at all times. Ensure that they are playing with other dogs of their own size and exhibiting friendly behavior. Off-leash is an option, not a requirement. Please use your best judgment as you know your canine companion best. There is a limit of 3 dogs per person and puppies under 4 months are not allowed. If your female dog is in heat, please leave her at home until next time.
The park provides water bowls, wash stations, and waste bags. Please keep the park clean and dispose of your doggo's waste. Mornings and the summer months are the busiest, so plan accordingly!