Once the weather permits, Chicago seems to come alive with numerous options for al fresco dining. While enjoying the nice weather and taking in the sights are a draw on their own, dog owners are mostly excited about being able to bring their pups with them to experience all the city has to offer. Check out some of the best dog-friendly patios in Chicago, and see how some venues cater to your four-legged friend!

Pizza Rustica

Located steps from Wrigleyville you can dine on some pizza or pasta while your pooch relaxes after the cubs win. Check out their small outdoor patio and let your pup hang while you nosh on some killer italian. Plates are just $10-$20 on average.

Born and raised in Venice, Head Chef & Owner, Stefano Roman, arrived in Chicago at the age of 33. He began cooking professionally simply because his natural, incredible talent enabled him to do so. Brought up by the rich traditions of European home cooking, PR Italian Bistro specializes in rustic, 'bistro-style', Italian-inspired, global cuisine. His talents are further showcased in his daily blackboard menu, where his creativity shines and dishes are composed based on his imaginative cravings and local market availability. His goal is to bring unique, creative, exceptional meals to the plate in a way that will keep you coming back for more.

With Stefano's creations at the forefront, the Bar at PR offers a hand-picked selection of World-Class Brews, Global Wines, Top-Shelf Spirits, & Original Recipe, Hand-Crafted Cocktails.

Knowledgeable, courteous, attentive service. Seasonal outdoor café | Husband & wife owned & operated.


Located in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, Bistronomic specializes in traditional French cuisine with a modern twist. Different from typical bistro style cuisine, the menu is filled with contemporary signature dishes like Handmade Squid Ink Yukon Gold Gnocchi and Maple Leaf Duck Breast. Bistronomic is an ultra dog-friendly venue that allows dogs both inside the dining area and outside in the terrace. Complimentary water is provided for all dogs, and they are in the process of cultivating a specialty dog menu. Currently, they offer a canine to-go dish made with quinoa, seasonal vegetables, and your choice of either chicken or beef.


Located in the Fulton Market District in Chicago’s West Loop, Formento’s specializes in Southern-Italian cuisine that focuses on light and airy flavors. The outdoor area boasts the widest patio in the West Loop, and features rows of stringed lights and plenty of foliage. Perfect for those with larger dogs that need a bit more room, the outdoor space is a treat for the eyes and senses.

Bar Toma

Located in the Near North Side, Bar Toma is known for its specialty pizza and lively bar atmosphere. The outdoor area is right off the Magnificent Mile, and features a beautiful view of the Chicago Water Tower. This is a large dog-friendly patio that features stringed lights and an expansive space, which is perfect for a quick bite before checking out the sights with your dog.

312 Chicago

Located in The Loop, 312 Chicago specializes in Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist. Serving up regional favorites with an evolving menu, 312 Chicago is a favorite among diners looking for signature dishes that use seasonal ingredients. The newest promotion, “Waggin’ Weekends,” is the perfect way to take advantage of 312 Chicago’s sidewalk patio. Every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., they offer complimentary home-made dog treats for all guests enjoying brunch or a light snack. A special Doggie Menu features $7 entrees with dog-friendly dishes like Salmon and White Rice or Chicken and Pasta. There are also smaller treats like the Peanut Butter Biscuit or Beefcicle offered for just $4.

CrossTown Fitness

CrossTown Fitness is known for their high intensity workouts and innovative class ideas with personal trainers that know how to motivate. While many come for the exercise, they stay for the many amenities offered at their locations. Both the West Loop and Northside locations offer a beautiful dog-friendly patio for those partaking in a CTF class or just ordering from the café. The menu features custom smoothies, wraps, salads, snacks, and coffee for guests. Dogs aren’t left out of the festivities–they’re provided fresh ice water and milk bones to enjoy on the patio!