Top Dog Parks in River North
Sometimes you just need to disconnect from the commotion of the city and enjoy some quality time with your furriest family member. When booking a city escaping vacay isn't an option, a River North dog park is always a pawsome idea. Even if you don't live in this Chicago neighborhood, the large playing areas, doggy fountains, and long stretches for playing fetch are worth the extra trek. Fido will get to stretch his legs and you can enjoy some fresh air. Plus, if you're lucky, you and your pup may even make an extra friend or two at these top dog parks in River North.
Larrabee Dog Park
Best For: Off-Leash Fun & Doggy Socialization
This North River favorite has both humans and their pooches raving—and for good reason. It isn't uncommon to find this dog park nestled beside the Chicago River drenched in sun. However, even on rainy or snowy days it is a delight. Since it is mostly concrete, you don't have to worry about muddy paws. There is also ample seating—ideal for owners who like to sit and watch their dog or those who tire out before their furry friends do. Between the friendly dog owners, fountain, fenced-in dog run, and the views of the river, it is all-around a great place to spend an afternoon!
Ward A. Montgomery Park
Best For: An Outing for the Whole Family
Take a stroll to Ward A. Montgomery Park if you’re looking for a park that the whole family will love. Beyond the stunning views of the Chicago River and skyline, you won't want to skip the large kids' playground/water park with an adjacent dog-friendly play area. It is the perfect place for both your kids and fur babies to burn off energy and have a blast! After all, is it really a true family outing if you can't bring your fur baby?
Ohio Place Dog Park
Best For: Playing Fetch
Spanning one block, this River North dog park with grass and concrete runs has ample room to tucker out big and small dogs alike. Its long and narrow build makes it the place to go for a game of fetch! And if your pup is a bit parched after playing, they have a water fountain to cool down and hydrate. All dogs and breeds are welcome here. While there is no designated areas to separate small and big dogs, there is plenty of room for everyone to do their own thing. The only downside that we found in this park is that the wall that borders the expressway is only 4 feet tall. Not an issue for smaller breeds. However, if your dog likes to channel their inner Seabiscuit, you may want to keep them on the other side of the park.
Seward William Park
Best For: Long Walks & People Watching
While this isn't exclusively a dog park, pups are more than welcome as long as they stay on a leash. The walking path that weaves through the seven acres fitted with basketball courts, a baseball field, and a soccer field is a great area to stroll or jog with your four-legged friend. Keep in mind that unlike designated dog parks, this one doesn't provide poop bags or a water fountain. So remember to grab bags and a water bottle before you leave the house. And maybe throw in a book to relax under a shady tree.
Lakeshore East Dog Park
Best For: Escaping the Bustle of the City
Venturing just south of River North is well worth it for this widely loved gem. Unlike some dog parks that can feel a bit sterile, this one upholds its beauty with impeccable landscaping, which includes grassy fields, concrete paths, clusters of blooming flowers, and a stone doggy fountain. The dog park itself, which is right in the middle of the park, was one of the first in the city to use K9 artificial grass. Plus, it is wheelchair accessible. Be sure to stop by in May to catch all of the tulips in bloom! Okay, your dog probably doesn't care much what flowers are in season, but it is a visual treat. After all, who says your dog should have all the enjoyment!? Many park-goers have noted that they had difficulty locating this dog park on their first visit since it is tucked away. If this happens to you, don't be afraid to ask for directions. The Chicagoans in the area are usually more than willing to help!