Bad Dog Tavern
4535 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
If you and your pooch want to head to a place where everybody knows your dog’s name, then stop in at Bad Dog Tavern. Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood, the tavern includes a dog wall of fame that proudly displays patrons’ canine friends. Dogs are allowed on the tavern’s outdoor patio. You can also linger over brunch at Bad Dog, or have appetizers, burgers, salads and more. Wash down your meal with the tavern’s selection of martinis named after dogs, including the Black Lab, Yellow Lab and Greyhound. Bad Dog also offers wine and cocktail drinks.
Chief O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant
3471 N. Elston Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
If you’re in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood and fancy a beer and a burger with your pooch and your friends, then head to Chief O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant. The pub allows dogs on its outdoor patio on Mondays, weather permitting, so plan to bundle up if the weather is dicey. You can order from the restaurant’s extensive menu, which includes pub favorites like burgers, corned beef sandwiches, and fish dishes, as well as Irish favorites that include lamb stew and shepherd’s pie. The pub has a wide selection of beer, whiskeys, cocktails and wine; take a look at what’s on tap by checking out Chief O’Neill’s website.
3155 N. Broadway St.
Chicago, IL 60657
Located in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, DryHop Brewers allows dogs on the patio, weather permitting. While you and Fido hang out and relax, consider ordering lunch or dinner from DryHop’s ever-changing menu. Check out the brewery’s selection of beer, too, which includes Practice Kisses, Mine Isn’t Red and Shark Meets Hipster. For the brewery’s full beer menu, check out its website. You can also pick up a growler, which is the brewery’s own beer available in 32- and 64-ounce bottles.
Tamales…A Mexican Joint
493 Central Ave.
Highland Park, IL 60035
Located right in downtown Highland Park, Tamales…A Mexican Joint allows dogs outside on the patio, weather permitting. “We always take care of our our furry friends. We just ask dog owners to be conscientious of other diners, and to use common sense when bringing their dog,” Jeff Gorbena, owner of Tamales, said. The restaurant also offers a number of favorite dishes, including paella, fajitas, burritos and tacos, and also has a kids’ menu. You can also wash down your dinner with a selection of tequilas, margaritas and wine.
Wishbone West Loop
1001 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
Spend some time with your dog while chowing down on Southern fare by heading to Wishbone’s West Loop location. Dogs are allowed outside on the restaurant’s patio, weather permitting. Let’s talk food, too. The acclaimed restaurant features a number of Southern favorites, including black bean cakes, crab cakes and smoked beef brisket. Wishbone also serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, and has a special menu just for kids, too.
Before you go out for dinner with your dog, give the bar or restaurant a call to verify if you can bring your furry friend, especially if the weather is iffy. You should also call so you can be assured your dog can be accommodated at the restaurant at that time. Restaurants can be crowded and noisy during peak hours, which may be an overwhelming experience for your dog. Remember to keep your dog on a leash while in the restaurant, too.
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