1. The Montrose Dog Friendly Area Committee, often referred to as the Board, consists of a group of dedicated volunteers who are committed to the MonDog Mission. Our primary focus is to help make the Montrose Dog Friendly Area at the beach stay fun, clean and safe. To this end, the Board organizes several activities such as beach cleanups, fund raisers for purchasing cleaning supplies and dog waste bags, and fun events. Board members also try to remind dog owners who use the beach to follow the etiquette and always cleanup after their dog.  As the Park District sign says, there is no poop fairy.

MONDOG is the Park Advisory Council for Montrose Dog Beach under the Friends of the Parks.

The Chicago Park District takes care of the larger maintenance items such as providing refuse containers and emptying them, cleaning the beach with the "beach zamboni", and relocating sand.

Individuals interested in participating more should contact the Board by writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by participating in one of our events.

The current Board members are:


President - Billy Sonntag

Vice President - Sheri Rush

Secretary - Caty Norman-Burke

Treasurer - Mike Burke

Tech/Web - Mike Burke

Social Media - Shelly Burke

Cleanups - Sandra Korbar

At Large - Paul Fehrenbacher


Senior member - Beth Smith


Here is a photo of many of our Board Members who attended Santa Paws V.




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Thanks to everyone who participated in our event on Saturday, October 14, 2017!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Howl-O-Ween event on October 14th!

Plan to join us for Santa's visit on December 9th from 10 AM - Noon.

More information will be available as the date gets closer!


While the County and Chicago Park District post a long set of rules for the Dog Friendly Areas, we would like to remind everyone who uses the DFA of these essential rules:


1. No food on the beach.

2. No prong collars.

3. No more than 3 dogs per person.

4. Pick up after your dog.

We just wanted to remind everyone who brings their dog to Montrose Dog Beach, that this Dog Friendly Area is not guaranteed to be secure with respect to keeping your dog in the DFA. There are many places where our furry friends can find a way out.  So, it is up to the dog's accompanying person to be sure that the dogs don't leave the area without a leash on. Remember that this is a natural area and is subject to natural events that can breach the various attempts to keep the dogs confined.

MONDOG  teamed up with the Alliance of the Great Lakes for their annual September Great Lakes Wide beach cleanup on September 9, 2017

Collectively we picked up 131 pounds of trash and recycling mostly along the perimeters and the rocky areas. We also cut down and dug out many burr laden bushes that were growing along the perimeter fences.

We were blessed with a group of students from East Leyden High School and the Anderson Family as well many individuals and family groups. 

Mondog also had 5 Board members coordinating and helping in the morning activities that took place from 9 AM - 11 AM.

Following are photos of the bigger groups.


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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