Are you and your pup looking for a new dog-friendly city to call home? Well, Chicago is a great choice; it’s on our list of the top 10 dog-friendly cities. Here’s the skinny on dog-friendly Chicago:

The Chicago Dog Permit

Before you move to The Windy City with your dog, it is good idea to check out the rules and regulations before you find an apartment. Some cities, like Austin, have a very mellow, “do your own thing” attitude toward your pup–but Chicago is not one of these cities. Don’t get us wrong, it’s a very dog-friendly city; there are just a few more rules and regulations.

In Chicago, you are required to get your dog a permit. Dog registration is only five bucks for neutered and spayed dogs–and it’s an easy way to avoid a $500 fine. Alright, who’s ready to explore dog-friendly Chicago?

Montrose Dog Beach

Some have described this sandy oasis as doggy nirvana. There is plenty of space for your pooch to sprint and swim, and it’s fenced so you can leave the leash on your towel.

Earth Pups Dog Care

Julie and the gang at this Roscoe Village doggie daycare have a very dedicated and enthusiastic clientele. This vacation hub for dogs specializes in special needs canines and smaller breeds. As you can imagine, this is an earth-friendly environment that uses natural and organic foods and is prepared to address unique dietary needs.  There is also full dog grooming services, which include soothing spa baths with natural aromatherapy products. There is a 2000 square foot outdoor play area and a rubberized eco-friendly indoor area as well.

Tails in the City

Your pup has been so good during this move, it’s time for some treats. On the North side of Chicago, Tails in the City offers a variety of fashionable dog clothes, harnesses, leashes and gourmet treats. The staff is a caring and top-notch bunch always is ready to take your fido to the next fashionista level. As a bonus, they do season charity drives where you can get your dog’s picture with the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus.

Bad Dog Tavern & Grill

Over near Lincoln Square is this American Eatery that serves gourmet burgers, fresh salads and features over 75 American and Belgian craft beers. Plus, there is also a large dog-friendly patio that seats about 100 during the summer. Bring in a framed 4 x 6 of your pooch and they will add him to their Bad Dog Hall of Fame. Good dogs are allowed, too.

Did you have a favorite spot or tip we should know about dog-friendly Chicago? Let us know in the comments.