In northern Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood, pups have a pawrific place to hang out. Located adjacent to the Churchhill Field Park's baseball diamond is a slice of pupperdise at the Churchill Field Playlot Dog Park! And when we say its a slice, we mean it!
Wedged between the field and the Bloomingdale Trail overpass, this small dog park is big in pupularity, providing a much needed off leash space in the heart of Chicago. Full fencing and a double-gated entry provides a safe and secure area to ditch that leash! The terrain is mostly concrete and gravel, but there are filled sandboxes with a doggie fire hydrant for additional fun- just be sure to fill in any holes your dog may dig before you leave. With enough room to run and play with local canines, this small spot can get that tail wagging quick!
Benches give dog pawrents a place to relax while keeping an eye on the action, and a drinking fountain for people and their pups keeps everyone hydrated. A water hose is also often on site to fill up kiddie pools on hot days, giving dogs a fun way to keep cool. And trash cans and clean-up bags are provided to make it easy to pick up after your dog. It's always a good idea to have come extra bags on hand, though, in case they run out.
To access the Churchhill Field Playlot Dog Park, and any other off leash areas in Chicago, your dog will need a DFA permit. To get one, you'll need to fill out a registration form, and have a current dog license and proof of a valid rabies vaccination. Permits are issued from participating veterinarians throughout Chicago at a fee of $10 per dog- not much for so many exciting off leash pawpportunities in this big city!
The dog park tends to get busy on the weekends, so visit during the week for more elbow room. Dogs are not allowed on the baseball field, but can hop on the Bloomingdale Trail on leash, with an access trail on the other side of the diamond.
Make your dog's day with a fun afternoon at the Churchill Field Playlot Dog Park!