The Puptown Dog Park is part of the Margate Park in the city of Chicago, Illinois. It is one of Chicago's many dog-friendly areas (DFAs). Pet owners wishing to use the facility must acquire a permit and tag from a participating veterinarian before exercising their dog there. The permit and tag cost $5. Vehicle parking is available on the street next to the dog park entrance.
This dog park is a third of an acre in size and is fully enclosed with high metal railings. Dogs must be kept on their leash until safely inside the staging area. It is surfaced with a combination of materials. The main run area has been concreted over while the borders are covered with gravel and lined with mature trees. There is no separate section for small dogs.
Water fountains have been installed in the park and during the summer months and there are water sprinklers for extra dog entertainment. It is not permitted to leave a dog unattended in the off-leash area. Owners must stay in the off-leash area with their dog and are restricted to exercising no more than three at any one time. Any dog with a history of anti-social behavior is not allowed in the dog park.
As well as the required DFA permit, all dogs must be vaccinated and licensed with the local authorities. There are poop bag dispensers on-site and owners are obliged to clean up all excrement produced by their dog. Failure to do so can result in a fine of up to $500. There are containers distributed throughout the off-leash area for disposing of used poop bags.
Puptown does not receive any financial aid from the local authorities and is maintained by a voluntary organization. It is a very popular dog park and regular clean-ups are organized and carried out by volunteers. Donations of time, money and dog toys are readily accepted.