Previously known as Park 511 and Erie Park, the A. Montgomery Ward Park is a furrific spot to spend a beautiful afternoon with your four-legged best friend. Located in the vibrant River North neighborhood, this 3-acre green space on the Chicago River draws residents with its river promenade, children's playground, and dog-friendly area known as the Larrabee Dog Park!
You and Fido will find the dog-friendly area in the north section of the park, which is where the canine members of the community hang out. This section includes both on-leash and off-leash areas, giving River North's doggos ample space to stretch their legs and get some exercise. The park is a fenced-in facility where your furry pal can romp and socialize without the restriction of a leash. It features water fountains, some trees, seating for humans, and a pea gravel surface that's gentler on your pooch's paws. During the summer months, hoses are available to help pups cool off. Oh, and you get pawsome views of the river and downtown architecture, too!
Note that there are no separate enclosure for smaller canines, so be sure your small pup is confident running with bigger dogs. Waste bags don't seem to be provided, so do bring your own, and promptly pick up after your pooch. Leave the treats at home, though, as no food is allowed inside the dog park. As with any off-leash area in the city, your pup will need a permit and tag from a participating veterinarian before they can use the dog park. If your pooch is not in the mood to mingle, you can always take them for a on-leash stroll in the north section of Ward Park. Note that the south section is off-limits to doggos.
For a barking good time in River North, bring your pup to the Larrabee Dog Park today!