The original guardian of the Montrose Beach Dog Friendly Area, MonDog's mission is to ensure Chicago residents and their canine friends have a fun, clean, and safe beach experience.  A completely volunteer organization, MonDog endeavors to represent the dog beach community with an emphasis on owner participation and responsibility.  MonDog is committed to the ongoing preservation and improvement of Montrose Dog Beach through owner education, volunteer support, and community partnerships.  Please show your support by making a generous donation to MonDog today. MonDog does not share or distribute members info, or send spam to our email list. 


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The MonDog Board wants to remind everyone who uses the parking lot near the entrance to the DFA to pay attention to the handicapped parking areas.  We observed a vehicle being ticketed for parking too close to the restricted parking.

Have you ever wondered how much the beach can change over the course of a week?  Here are some samples of how Montrose Dog Beach looked over the week of December 14 - 21, 2013.


The ridges look solid enough, but they are often over open water and may not bear your weight or your dog's weight. The ridges are often on island of ice and can reach 5 or 10 feet above the water surface.  They are built up mostly by wave action and freezing.


Go to News -> Current News to see the full article and photos.


 Clear Day with dog on beach Ice ridges forming on the shore 
1. Clear and cold on the beach 2. Ice ridges formed over open water
 Ice ridges breaking up Ice ridges gone 
3. Ice ridges breaking up 4. Ice ridges gone the following day

Going down to Montrose Dog Friendly area is always fun and now that the warmer weather is finally about to arrive (we all hope), we have to remember where the water actually is under all that ice and snow.  It's closer than you think. And it's still really cold. There is a small ridge just past the benches that is the last seaweed that the lake deposited on the beach before things started to freeze over.  The mountains of ice are probably out above the sand bars that many of you will remember from the summer months when it was great to wade out to them.  They are NOT the lakeshore.  The following photos try to give you an idea of what we're talking about.  So, stay safe.


The annual Earth Day cleanup will be observed by the Chicago Park District and Montrose Dog Beach on Saturday, April 26th.  We are planning for the event to start at 9:00 AM and run until noon. We will have a table set up and will provide gloves, garbage bags, and some gardening tools.  If you have them, please bring rakes and shovels.


You will have an opportunity to help cleanup the beach and to join Mondog or make a donation. All our money goes to cleanup events and dog poop bags. Mondog is a 100% volunteer organization that works with the Chicago Park Districk and Friends of the Parks. If you're interested in helping to plan this event, you can contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by posting on our Facebook page.

After what seems to many an endless winter, the ice has been melting and breaking up.  Here is a photo of some pups on the beach on March 24, 2014.  Just after this was taken, one of them broke through the ice and started to panic; but, all was well when his owner coaxed him back to dry land.  So, be careful out there.

Those bags aren't free!


The Bag dispensers at the entrances have been a great help in keeping the beach clean, but they aren't free.  Mondog purchases bags and fills the bag dispensers on the Dog Beach.

Donating to Mondog is a great way to support the dog beach, and keep those dispensers full. Help us help you keep Montrose Dog Beach safe and clean by making a donation today.



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