The Montrose Dog Beach is Chicago's first legal off-leash beach. Our dog beach is located on the Northwest corner of Montrose Beach (the point closest to the city). Just follow Wilson Avenue until it curves to the left at the lake. Look for the big corrugated steel walls of the old Boat Launch, and you're there. Click here for a Google Maps
There's a nice handicap accessible ramp located in the boat launch, or the old entrance to the beach is to the right (south) of the boat launch, at the end of the path, and down the rockwall. There's a gate in the black fence.
The Dog Beach is open during all regular Chicago Park District hours, roughly from sun-up till 9 P.M. Morning hours are the most popular with dog beach users.
The Dog Beach is free, but DFA tags are required for all dogs, and that will cost you $5.