About the Beach

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 Google Maps.

The primary entrance to the dog area is located off the small parking lot adjacent to the old boat launch.  

Next to the separate dog wash business, there is a double gate, which should be used.  Next to this is also a gate for beach cleanup truck access and should not be used since it is easier to lose control of your dog or inadvertently let someone else’s dog out. There’s a handicap accessible ramp located in the boat launch that gets one to the level of the beach.

The Dog Beach is open during all regular Chicago Park District hours, 6:00 A.M. to 11 P.M.

Weekends are the most popular visiting times and can be impacted by other activities at the Montrose Beach area.

The Dog Beach is free, but DFA tags are required for all dogs, and that will cost you $10 per year.