The large Margate Fieldhouse Park right on the shores of Lake Michigan provides a great respite from busy city life for many folks. Featuring a gym, playground, sports fields and lots of green space to roam with furbulous views, the park attracts many Chicago residents wanting to enjoy a relaxing day out. And for Chicago pups, there's even a spot just for them!
The Puptown Dog Park can be found just south of the fieldhouse, and gives local pooches a place to ditch the leash and get social! At a third of an acre, this fully fenced in park features separate entrance and exit gates for additional security, and is surfaced in asphalt and gravel that is cleaned monthly in the warmer months, and as needed in the winter. There's just one space here, so small puppers should be comfortable around bigger dogs.
Toys are often left by dog owners, and there's usually plenty of pups to play with! In hot temperatures, hoses are available, and kiddie pools and sprinklers give dogs a fun way to keep cool. Water fountains for people and pups keep everyone hydrated. While much of the park is usually sunny, there are a few shady spots with chairs. An elevated area around the perimeter gives you even more places to sit and relax while your dog has a blast!
Puptown is part of Chicago's dog-friendly areas (DFAs), and as such, requires a permit to access. Permits are only $5, and give you access to all of Chicago's DFAs for the calendar year, regardless of when you purchase it. You can get a permit through participating veterinary clinics, and will need proof of a current City of Chicago dog license or current rabies vaccination, results of an exam within the past year, and current vaccination records for Distemper, Bordatella, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, and Para-influenza. Non-residents can also apply for permits too. Once you are approved, you'll get a DFA tag which should be on your dog's collar whenever vising any Chicago DFA areas, including Puptown!
Don't wait another day to get your dog's tail wagging! Bring them to the furbulous Puptown at Margate Fieldhouse Park today!