Food & Drink

40 Dog-Friendly Bars and Restaurants in Chicago

Published On 07/14/2015 Published On 07/14/2015
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1. Bucktown Pub 1658 W Cortland Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Nothing starts the day like a PBR and shot of that whiskey you used to steal from your old man’s liquor cabinet before you knew any better. Call it an eye opener. Or just relax in the chilled-out back patio with a $10 pizza, your call.

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2. The Corner Bar 2224 N Leavitt St, Chicago, IL 60647 (Bucktown)

This Bucktown watering hole bills itself as a "true Chicago tavern" with cheap drinks, a friendly atmosphere, and special events happening sporadically throughout the year.

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3. Jack & Ginger's 2048 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Bucktown)

This is Bucktown’s ultimate sports bar. Featuring a 3,000+ square-foot dog-friendly outdoor patio and over 50 different beers, this is the place to watch the big game (regardless of what game that is). Jack & Ginger’s is spacious and welcoming, pairing their drink selection with a classic bar menu (think pizza and sandwiches) that will satisfy everyone, including the dog.

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4. Waterfront Café 6219 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660 (Edgewater)

This super-chill spot is one of the city's best kept secrets. It's great for kicking back with a Cuba Libre and listening to live music. The craft beers and caipirinhas don’t make for a bad afternoon outing either.

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5. Archie's Iowa & Rockwell Tavern 2600 W Iowa St, Chicago, IL 60622 (Humboldt Park)

Boasting free pool tables, board games, and a jukebox this dive is supremely popular with locals. It's also dog friendly, so the crowd often includes some four legged friends.

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6. The Promontory 5311 S Lake Park West, Chicago, IL 60615 (Near South Side)

The Michelin-lauded team behind Longman & Eagle started this South Side gem, which's an innovative restaurant, bar, and performance space across two floors. Wood-burning hearths scorch spreads of meat, seafood, and virtually everything else on the menu.

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7. Lizard's Liquid Lounge 3058 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60618 (Irving Park)

The frequent drink specials include $4 Bloody Mary Pints & $3 Mimosas on Sundays, $5 Martinis on Wednesdays, and $4 Margaritas on Thursdays -- plus others every other night of the week. So if your looking for a reasonable drink prices, plus maybe some pool or live music, and even if you want to bring your dog along, this is the place.

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8. Ten Cat Tavern 3931 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 (Lakeview)

Fact: There are not, in fact, 10 cats that frequent this bar. However, dogs are welcome so you will find some of them.

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9. Crosby's Kitchen 3455 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

This classy eatery's rotisserie-equipped open kitchen cranks out dishes like pepper-crusted Angus prime rib and piquillo pepper-sauced leg of lamb while the wine list, drafts, and cocktails keep you hydrated (or you know, not).

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10. Jake's Pub 2932 North Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

In the same location, under the same name, for 70 years, this dog-friendly corner classic doesn't have much when compared to the other, more party-equipped places in the area, but it does have a seriously extensive bottle collection and standard stuff on tap.

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11. Keenan O'Reilly's Pub 3916 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 (Lakeview)

Between the pool tables, ping pong tables, beers, and dogs in this bar, it is basically a man-cave-away-from-home.

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12. Murphy's Bleachers 3655 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 (Wrigleyville)

This historic sports bar is nothing short of quintessential; with celebrity visitors (John Cusack!!), endless jukebox tunes, and proximity to Wrigley, it's no wonder people just keep going back for more.

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13. Schoolyard Tavern & Grill 3258 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

The self-expressed life motto at this Lakeview tavern is "Sorry we party," so it's easy to say you can expect a good time and good food and drink. The nineteen plasma TVs are always playing the game, and you can reserve space for your own Schoolyard party.

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14. The Temple Bar 3001 N Ashland, Chicago, IL 60652 (Lakeview)

Taking the place of Fearon's is an even more Irish'd up homage to the landmark Dublin original (hence the bright red paint job outside), serving up six different whisky flights (four Irish, one Scotch, one variety pack) and grub options like corned beef s

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15. Perennial Virant 1800 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

Taking the title of its Green City Market-neighboring predecessor and tacking on the last name of the Michelin-starred, farm-to-table-fixated chef now manning the kitchen, PV's an "urban garden" thanks to copious greenery interspersed amongst tables of aged oak, which explains why he was so easy to rough up in Vegas.

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16. Harry's Velvet Room 1480 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

This bar and lounge offers all the charm and warmth of a classic spot, with a comfortable bar and retro decor plus a sidewalk patio. The food menu is full of light bites like oysters, burrata, and a simple baguette with "not-so-simple" mustard.

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17. River Shannon 425 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

This Irish pub has allegedly been open in Lincoln Park since around 1946. They boast a menu with plenty of beer and Irish whiskeys, and have a giant Jenga set in the back.

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18. Wrightwood Tap 1059 W Wrightwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

This bar has a definite neighborhood vibe, with lots of TVs and leather couches so you can watch a game comfortably while enjoying a few beers and complimentary pretzels.

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19. Parson's Chicken & Fish 2952 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

Parson's Chicken & Fish in Logan Square knows a thing or two about deep-frying -- the menu features chicken, fish, hush puppies, and cheese curds in all their breaded and battered goodness. Not everything is deep-fried though; there's a small raw bar selection and small plates to share. The spot is upscale for a quick-serve spot, and its large outdoor patio is one of the top summer hang spots in Chicago.

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20. Longman & Eagle 2657 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

Longman & Eagle, the Michelin-starred gastropub in Logan Square, has an exclusive whiskey selection (clocking in at over 400 labels), a craft cocktail menu, and an extensive beer list all fit for the most pretentious of drinkers, in the least pretentious of atmospheres. Longman takes a flavor-forward, honest approach to eating and drinking, and because it doesn’t accept reservations, there is always a wait for brunch, happy hour, and dinner alike. (And it is always worth it.) While whiskey may be king, the regional American fare has just as much to offer, hence the Michelin star. The menu changes often, but expect anything from beef tallow beignets and veal brains to wild boar sloppy joes, chicken and waffles, and a burger that, if you know what's good for you, you will order.

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21. 312 Chicago 136 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60602 (Loop)

Because of its location in the Loop, 312 Chicago has become popular for pre-show meals. The contemporary Italian food is offered in seasonal menus and provides options for all dietary restrictions and preferences.

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22. Grace Street Tap 3759 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (North Center)

Grace Street Tap is a neighborhood favorite for a night out thanks to its beer selection and friendly bartenders. The laid-back atmosphere also includes TVs for the game, pool tables, and occasional live music.

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23. The Bad Apple 4300 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (Lincoln Square)

The Bad Apple is a comfortable neighborhood tavern with a full menu of stacked burgers, sandwiches, and bar-appropriate snacks like fried cheese curds and poutine. The beer menu features a helluva -- almost 200 -- options of domestic and international craft beers.

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24. Clark Street Ale House 742 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60610 (River North)

The fun and relaxed atmosphere inside this bar continues outside to their 1,000 square foot beer garden patio. They offer 24 microbrews on tap and over a hundred bottled beers, and feature a Caske Ale that they serve using a hang pump to give a more hop-y flavor and less carbonation.

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25. Pierrot Gourmet 108 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611 (River North)

This European-style bistro is located at the Peninsula Hotel, and is equally high end as the hotel. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, they often feature seasonal specials and unique pastries.

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26. Four Treys Tavern 3333 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (Roscoe Village)

This long-time family owned bar features comfy furniture, pool tables, good prices, is dog friendly, and they keep delivery menus for food on hand. Outsourcing at its best.

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27. Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar 3358 N Paulina St, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

Stop into this Lakeview pizzeria hotspot for their Saturday morning hangover-curing Benedict pie -- and then do it all over again.

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28. Kasey's Tavern 701 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60605 (South Loop)

This South Loop neighborhood joint takes a rather low-key approach to its storied history, simply stating on its website that: “A bar of one sort or another has occupied the current location for over 100 years." The sort of bar you can expect now is one with a huge range of taps pouring delicious craft brews.

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29. Square One 1400 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605 (South Loop)

This corner bar specializes in wine, local beers, and exceptional signature cocktails, straying away from big brand liquors and beers. Got the drinking munchies? Nibble on cheese pairings, meat plates, in-house pickled items, and other small bites that are all prepared at the bar.

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30. Howells & Hood 435 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

From the folks behind Old Town Pour House and Sweetwater, Howells & Hood is an epic beer hall in the Trib Tower, equipped with 114 beers on tap springing from 360 draft faucets spread across the 23,000sqft venue. With copper-topped bars and inscriptions on the travertine-tiled walls, the restaurant replicates the epic neo-Gothic design of the landmark space credited to John Howells and Raymond Hood, who thankfully weren't name Lipschitz and McDingleberry.

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31. TÊTE Charcuterie 1114 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607 (West Loop)

TÊTE has that something extra -- actually, multiple somethings extra. There's a dedication to making sure all the selections -- peppery coppa, rich fromage de tête, silky duck rillette -- are all given the proper attention. There're also international encased meats from French boudin blanc to Moroccan merguez that'll push you further toward your meat coma, plus dishes like Peking duck with white miso and rutabaga mostarda that don't seem to really fit the concept, but are too tasty for anyone to get upset.

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32. Fatpour Tap Works 2005 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

Fatpour Tap Works is a two-storied shrine to good, straightforward American food and beer. When you aren't ogling (and panting) at their enormous list of draft beers, you're stumbling over yourself trying to take full advantage of their Build Your Own Burger option. Wins all around.

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33. Gold Star Bar 1755 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622 (Ukrainian Village)

Gold Star's got something for every dive-lover; they've got free popcorn, cheap booze, and a jukebox.

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34. Happy Village 1059 N Wolcott Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Ukrainian Village)

Happy Village is a neighborhood bar located in Ukrainian Village. While it may be unassuming from the outside, the interior is sleek and lively, and there’s a back room housing two ping pong tables. The backyard beer garden -- fully equipped with a pond and goldfish -- is open year-round, though let’s face it, this is Chicago. The neighborhood bar is cash only, but with daily specials, perpetually cheap beers (Old Styles for just $2… again, the Chicago thing), and free ping pong, a visit to happy village will leave your wallet happy, too.

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35. Innertown Pub 1935 W Thomas St, Chicago, IL 60622

Innertown Pub is home to one of the best hipster dives in Chi. Sidle up with a cold brew, cheap 'tail, or hit some pool and darts in the back.

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36. Rainbo Club 1150 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Ukrainian Village)

Around since the 1930's, this Wicker Park dive is notorious for its crowd of beanie-clad, PBR-guzzling hipsters, engrossed in competitive games of pinball. Once home to a series of burlesque shows, the dimly-lit space is now a stomping grounds for Chicago's young and fashionable (and arguably pretentious) imbibers, gathering around the island-like, shamrock-shaped bar to order well-drinks and remarkably cheap draft beers. The place is hard to miss with an enormous L-shaped neon sign hanging above the ramshackle facade, and the interior features an equally retro juke box, red vinyl booths, and a fully functional photo booth (much to the delight of many-a-hipster). With an eclectic soundtrack, a constantly rotating selection of art work on display, and a bar that serves until 4 am, the places rarely has open seats.

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37. Big Star 1531 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

A lot of things about Wicker Park's Big Star will make you feel like you're in Texas. First, there's the taco-centric menu that features a dozen taco varieties and necessary sides like guacamole and queso. Then there's the drink selection, which is heavy on whiskey, tequila, and craft beer. The massive outdoor patio begs for you to order a margarita and drink the day away, especially during the summer when the seasonal music series is in full swing.

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38. The Boundary 1932 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

Contrary to its name, The Boundary is actually a very welcoming neighborhood spot. They serve lunch and dinner, and have a beer menu with over 120 options.

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39. Bistronomic 840 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 (Gold Coast)

This Gold Coast bistro makes French food approachable by incorporating Midwestern elements into every dish. Take the cheese selection, which draws on a classic French tradition but instead of camembert, features cheese from Iowa and Indiana. The menu is filled with a mix of seafood, steak, and poultry entrees plus daily specials. The interior dining room is large and intentionally rustic, with wooden chairs and chalkboard menus.

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40. Sportsman's Club 948 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (West Town)

Sportman's Club is dedicated to highlighting the best of lesser-known spirits, and to do that, it offers four different cocktails each day, whose ingredients are decided upon by whichever bartenders are manning the bar that night. What you drink one night probably won't be available the next, but that's what makes drinking here such a unique experience. Aside from cocktails, there's a well-curated selection of wine and beer, the latter of which includes Polish varieties that pay homage to the bar that formerly occupied the Ukrainian Village space.