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Popular private dog parks near Chicago, Illinois

BarkPark | Sniffspot
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ChicagoIllinois60651
4.91080
Sniffspot[email protected]United States
David AdamsFounder
BarkPark

Notice: We will be closed from January 31st to February 1st for maintenance. We are understand that property has been muddier than usual, so we are adding more playground mulch to spot. Sorry for the inconvenience! BarkPark sits right across the street from The Salvation Army Freedom Center. This spot is fully fenced (chain link and wood) with the side facing the sidewalk being 5ft and the rest of the fence being 6ft. There is a dual-gate entrance to the spot for a safe entry and exit. Street parking is available. Plenty of seating at this spot with shade throughout the day. There's a rain barrel filled with water for dogs to hydrate and cool down. We have water bowls available. GIANT sandbox that's great for digging and playing; no digging allowed elsewhere. Trash can onsite. We have poop bags available in two different areas for easy access. Half of this spot is covered with grass and the other half with playground mulch. This spot is big enough to get a good fetch session in or to just let the zoomies out. We also recently added agility equipment. We hope you and your four-legged friend/s have an exceptional time during your visit and choose to come back. Lost toys and items: due to the amount of visits we get we aren’t able to track which items belong to which visitor. If you’ve lost a dog toy or other item, please reach out and we’ll do our best to retrieve it and save it for you. If you don’t reach out, we’ll add it to the Lost and Found Toy Box. Update: Due to the colder temperatures we won’t be adding dog drinking water until early Spring. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Fully Fenced
0.08 acres
4.9(1080)
$15 dog / hour
Chicago, IL
Tiva's Green City Space(FREE private parking) | Sniffspot
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ChicagoIllinois60612
5.0300
Sniffspot[email protected]United States
David AdamsFounder
Tiva's Green City Space(FREE private parking)

**We have added OPEN reservations from 8:30am to 5:30pm weekdays for people that would like to visit the yard prior to deciding if they would like to become full access Members.** We LOVE sharing our space with multiple dogs from the community however, it is hard on the grass. For this reason, we have limited our evening & weekend availability to Members Only to decrease the wear and tear on the yard. With the fluctuation in weather please be aware: If outdoor parks are wet and muddy ~ areas of our yard will be also. We cannot control the effects of rain. Please always use the provided carabiner to lock the gate as pictured after you and your dog(s) enter. We have installed multiple methods of LIGHTING for evening reservations. Easy instructions for use will be sent when you make the reservation. We do have a SHADE/RAIN SHELTER! :) WATER: We provide fresh water every 24hrs located in(or next to) the CORONA Cooler. PARKING: One FREE private parking space located at the entrance from the alley at the back of the lot. Since some guests were having a tough time with the parking space, we did finally WIDEN the entrance. We park 2 Honda CRV's back there daily without issue. Fully fenced 6 foot secure and private green space. Large open lot with seating and plenty of room to play fetch or just relax off leash. Easy street parking, no permit required. Any Extras will be located in the storage bin on the east wall of the lot. We have evening hours 6:00p to 9:30p for Members Only, 7 days per week.

Fully Fenced
0.06 acres
5(300)
$17 dog / hour
Chicago, IL
Riverview yard in Albany Park | Sniffspot
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ChicagoIllinois60625
5.0177
Sniffspot[email protected]United States
David AdamsFounder
Riverview yard in Albany Park

Update: Bad news: The weather is making the front gate wonky. Sometimes it closes perfectly, sometimes not. There’s a bungie cord to help close it, but if this is a concern for you and your pup, wait a bit until I figure out a good fix. Good news: new adairondak chairs and new toys added! Chairs should hopefully sink less into the dirt and are a bit more loungey. New tug toy and chuck it ball to the box of toys. Large yard right on the river. No access to the river (yard is fully fenced), but human views of the water, ducks, other birds, and wildflowers on the bank. Plenty to sniff for dogs. End of dead end with decent privacy. Chain link fence on most and iron fence at front. Not ideal for small dogs or escape artists that can squeeze under or through fence. See photos for details of fence and if your dog would try to squeeze through. Pesticide, herbicide, and fertilizer free lawn but various flowers, shrubs (and weeds) on the edges. There are 3 big dogs at the house across the alley, but also well fenced. They’re out on occasion, but usually not for long and I can’t guarantee their schedule. The view is mostly, but not completely blocked, so this may not be the place if your pup is super reactive. There are 2 chairs, feel free to move around into sun or shade or lay out a blanket or whatever you need to be comfortable. There is stainless steel water bowl and some toys.

Fully Fenced
0.02 acres
5(177)
$12 dog / hour
Chicago, IL
Zoomies Zoomies Zoomies | Sniffspot
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ChicagoIllinois60626
5.0135
Sniffspot[email protected]United States
David AdamsFounder
Zoomies Zoomies Zoomies

Fully fenced .12 acre lot in the city! Near the lake.

Fully Fenced
0.14 acres
5(135)
$17 dog / hour
Chicago, IL
Planet Paws Playground | Sniffspot
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ChicagoIllinois60612
4.925
Sniffspot[email protected]United States
David AdamsFounder
Planet Paws Playground
Fully Fenced
0.33 acres
4.9(25)
$20 dog / hour
Chicago, IL

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Why rent a private dog park in Chicago, Illinois?
FeaturesSniffspotPublic park
Designed for private play
Rentable by the hour
Off leash options
Very large and/or fully fenced options
Pricing$5 - $15 per dog per hourFree

What people say about dog parks around Chicago, Illinois

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Brent O.
February 2024
Payton’s place is a fantastic spot to let pups out to play, and is super convenient for us as west loop residents. Lots of room, well kept, and is as private as you could ask for a fenced in area within the city, and under the L.
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Autumn B.
February 2024
Me and my dog Mable Jean had a wonderful Saturday morning together here! He have needed a service like this for years. I feel so lucky to be able to have a private space for her to play safely and get some energy out
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Maggie G.
February 2024
Great sniff spot! My dog wasn’t bothered by it, but an FYI for others who may be reactive to some noises - there is a train literally directly over the street.
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Michael D.
February 2024
One of our favorite spots! Clean, big enough for our lab to get some exercise, with clear instructions for entry. We will definitely be back!
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Justina L.
October 2022
I have a large and small dog (german shepherd and pug mix) and they loved the spot. Living in downtown, my dogs and I definitely miss being about to just roam or run around the yard. This was the perfect spot to do so. It is close enough from the city for me to access but in a pretty quiet neighborhood.
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Marissa D.
April 2023
This spot is wonderful! Billy enjoyed running around with his human brother. Pamela is very welcoming and she is there for you needs. This location is very clean and quiet. We rarely saw people or dogs walk by. There's plenty of street parking and she also offers complimentary parking by the gate entrance to her yard. Cannot wait to visit again!
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Kristen T.
April 2023
Highly recommend and will be going back! Very nice, clean and spacious outdoor area — my dog loved it! Pamela, the host, is incredibly sweet and accommodating. Great communication too!
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Lori F.
May 2023
We had the best time at Pamela’s Sniffspot with our puppy Nova! Pamela was so sweet. She met us when we got there and chatted with us for a bit. The yard was clean and secure and was the perfect size for our 30 pound dog. We also appreciated the toys and water bowl that was left for us. We can’t wait to come back!
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Justin H.
June 2023
Perfect summer location with plenty of shade in a pretty quiet neighborhood. Pamala was very accommodating and they always love they’re time there!
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RK9 T.
July 2023
This spot is amazing!! Full of grass to sniff and the host is very sweet. She greeted me before coming in to have a conversation and make sure everything was perfect for our visit!
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Lauren F.
July 2023
Just what we were looking for to let our girls off leash! They had a blast and got to release so much energy. They are now out cold on the couch. So thoughtful to leave toys, water/bowl, treats, towel and wipes. Pamela also set up the kiddie pool which our youngest loved. Super safe and secure (my two are escape artists) and we will definitely be back!
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Sarah R.
August 2023
Parking was convenient and the space was perfect! The pool and toys were great additions that my dogs enjoyed.
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Cynthia V.
August 2023
A great spot with just enough space for my dog to have fun playing fetch! The welcome box is great and has many things including toys, wipes, poop bags. There’s also a kiddie pool and while my dog is not a fan of water it’s a great addition for those that do. I would recommend bringing insect repellent though as I did walk out with some bites
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Sarah R.
August 2023
Great spot! Perfect space to play fetch and run around. The bin of supplies and toys is very well stocked and clean.
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Matt O.
September 2023
Me and my dog Mac had a great time hanging out here. Instructions for getting in were easy and the yard is clean and as described here. We’d love to come back sometime
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Rebecca K.
September 2023
Easy to park and find. Great grassy area for running around - plenty of space for good zoomies! The host was so helpful and she left water and toys out for us (in secure bins). This yard is adjacent to the sidewalk, so we could see neighbors and dogs walking by. Our dog and his buddy didn’t mind but just fyi!
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Katie H.
October 2023
Paris's Palatial Playground was perfect for us! Easy to find and park. It was just the right size for our smaller dog. Great communication from host.
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Julie G.
November 2022
Pretty impressive urban garden! There’s an abundance of smells for pups to discover. Fully secured fencing, dead end street, minimal distractions/triggers
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Myriam K.
December 2022
Fully fenced front/side yard. Host was friendly and left water and otherwise left us to play. The space is sort of in two connected sections. There is an open space in the front, and the side yard is narrow and has a fire pit and plants and other normal yard things you’d have in a yard you use. If you have one smaller dog, this would be perfect; plenty of room to run off leash. It’s on the smaller side for bigger dogs or multiple dogs; it’s not a wide open space with distance to really pick up speed. But, the sniffing seemed to be first rate 😀 and frankly ANY space to be off leash for a reactive dog is awesome and so needed around Wicker Park. And our 2 50-ish lb dogs still ran a bit, and they were definitely playing and happy and stimulated. Location is terrific. We saw a couple of people but generally quiet and no major triggers for our reactive dog. We will be back for sure! Thanks!
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Vivianna L.
January 2023
Great secluded space with lots of smells! Loved the water and treats left for the dogs. Will absolutely be going back
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Private rentals by the hour

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Spots are designed for safety and both hosts and guests are reviewed after each visit

Designed for private play

Only the people and dogs in your booking are allowed in the spot during your visit

Reactive dogs welcome

Many of the spots we list are designed with sensitive dogs in mind

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FAQ about our Chicago dog parks

What measures can I take to guarantee the well-being and protection of my dog during its time in the dog park?

Public dog parks in Chicago offer a great opportunity for dogs to socialize, exercise, and release their energy. To ensure the well-being and protection of your dog while at the park, there are several measures you can take. First, make sure your dog is up-to-date on all necessary vaccinations and is wearing a current ID tag. It is also important to keep a close eye on your dog at all times and be prepared to step in if any situations arise. Bringing water and a bowl for your dog, as well as poop bags to clean up after them, is also essential. Lastly, be mindful of the weather conditions in Chicago, especially during the colder months, and make sure your dog is properly dressed for the occasion.

Private dog parks in Chicago, on the other hand, offer a more exclusive and personalized experience for you and your dog. Since there are no unpredictable dog interactions, your dog can enjoy a stress-free environment. To guarantee your dog's well-being and protection, it is important to thoroughly research the private dog park and ensure that it meets all safety standards. This includes checking that the park is equipped with proper fencing and security measures, and that the staff is trained in dog behavior and first aid. Additionally, make sure to bring any necessary items such as water, food, and toys, as well as a first aid kit. Lastly, be aware of the weather conditions in Chicago and plan accordingly, especially if the private dog park has indoor or outdoor options.

In what ways can bringing my dog to a dog park influence their general welfare and degree of contentment?

Public dog parks offer a great opportunity for dogs to socialize, exercise, and play with other dogs. This type of environment can be a great way to improve their general welfare and degree of contentment. By visiting public dog parks, dogs get to experience a change of scenery and get stimulated with new sights, sounds, and smells. Additionally, they get a good workout and a chance to expend their energy, which can help reduce stress and anxiety. However, it is crucial to ensure that your dog is up-to-date on vaccinations and has proper training before bringing them to a public dog park. Additionally, with Chicago's harsh winter weather, it's important to check that the park is well-maintained and safe for your dog to play on icy or snow-covered surfaces.

On the other hand, private dog parks can be an excellent alternative for dogs who may not enjoy socializing with other dogs or those who are not suitable for public dog parks. In these types of parks, dogs can enjoy exercise, playtime, and relaxation without the potential stress associated with unpredictable dog interactions. With private dog parks, you have the flexibility to book at a time that works best for you and your dog. This type of environment is especially beneficial for dogs with special needs or those that prefer a quieter and more controlled environment. Private dog parks may also offer indoor options, which can be particularly helpful during the colder months in Chicago. Overall, private dog parks can provide a safe and comfortable space for your dog to enjoy themselves while allowing you to have peace of mind knowing that your dog is not in a potentially stressful situation.

How can I prepare my dog for a visit to the dog park?

Public dog parks are great places for dogs to socialize, exercise, and have fun. Before taking your dog to a public dog park in Chicago, it is important to make sure that your dog is fully vaccinated and healthy. It is also recommended to keep your dog leashed until you enter the designated off-leash area. Once inside, observe your dog's behavior carefully to ensure that they are comfortable and not overwhelmed by the other dogs. Encourage your dog to stay close to you and not to approach unfamiliar dogs without permission from their owners. It is also important to clean up after your dog and to bring water and waste bags.

Private dog parks, where only one booking at a time is allowed, are a great option for dogs that may not do well in a public dog park. These parks allow for more personalized attention and a controlled environment, which is especially helpful for dogs that may have special needs or are reactive towards other dogs. To prepare your dog for a visit to a private dog park in Chicago, it is important to familiarize them with new environments and people. Introduce your dog to the park gradually, allowing them to explore at their own pace. Bring familiar toys and treats to help them feel more comfortable. If the park has an indoor or swimming option, be sure to acclimate your dog to these environments before visiting. As with a public dog park, remember to clean up after your dog and follow any rules or guidelines set by the park.

When heading to a dog park, which items are necessary to bring along?

Public Dog Parks:
When heading to a public dog park in Chicago, it is important to bring along several items to ensure the safety and comfort of both you and your furry friend. First and foremost, bring plenty of water for your dog, as dehydration can set in quickly during playtime. Additionally, it is best to bring a leash, as many public dog parks require all dogs to be leashed upon entering and exiting the park. Pack a few waste bags to clean up after your dog, and bring along some snacks or treats to reward good behavior. If visiting in the winter, dress your dog in a warm coat and boots to protect their paws from the cold and potential ice-melt chemicals.

Private Dog Parks:
When heading to a private dog park in Chicago, it is important to bring along a few essential items to ensure the safety and comfort of both you and your furry friend. As these parks only allow one booking at a time, you may want to bring a few toys or games to keep your dog entertained and active. If the park has both indoor and outdoor options, pack a few towels to dry off your dog after swimming or playing in the water. Bring plenty of water for your dog, as well as any necessary waste bags to clean up after your dog. If visiting in the winter, dress your dog in a warm coat and boots to protect their paws from the cold and potential ice-melt chemicals.

What measures can visitors take to guarantee their safety during their visit to the dog park?

Public dog parks are a great place for pets to socialize and exercise, but visitors should take precautions to ensure their safety. First and foremost, visitors can guarantee their safety by keeping an eye on their dogs at all times while in the park. This includes monitoring their behavior, interactions with other dogs and picking up after them. Visitors should also make sure their dogs are up to date on their vaccinations, flea and tick medication, and have identification tags with current contact information. Additionally, visitors should avoid bringing food and toys to the park to prevent dog fights and territorial behavior. It is also important to check the weather before going to the park and dress appropriately, especially during the winter months when temperatures can be very cold.

Private dog parks offer a different experience, with the added benefit of being able to book the park for individual use. To ensure safety during a visit to a private dog park, visitors should first make sure their dogs have no history of aggression or unpredictable behavior. When booking the park, visitors should also inform the owner of their dog's temperament and behavior to ensure that the space is appropriate for their pet. Visitors should also make sure to clean up after their dogs and to keep them under control at all times. Indoor and swimming options, in particular, can provide added fun and exercise during colder months, but visitors should make sure to dry their dogs off before leaving to prevent them from getting sick. Lastly, visitors should check the park's safety features, such as fencing and gates, to ensure their dog cannot escape or access dangerous areas.

What are some signs that indicate my dog is enjoying their time at the park?

Public dog parks can be an excellent place for your dog to have fun and socialize with other dogs. Some signs that indicate your dog is enjoying their time in the park include playful behavior, wagging tails, and excited barking. Other signs include seeking out other dogs to play with, sniffing around, and exploring the environment. Running around, chasing toys, and interacting with other dogs are also signs that your dog is having fun. If your dog is comfortable and relaxed, it's a good sign that they're enjoying themselves. However, if your dog appears anxious or stressed, it might be time to leave the park and try again another time.

Private dog parks offer a more controlled environment, allowing you to book the park for your dog's exclusive use. Some signs that indicate your dog is enjoying their time in a private dog park include happy tail wagging, relaxed body language, and playful behavior. Other signs include exploring the environment, chasing toys, and engaging in interactive play with their human companions. If the park has indoor and outdoor options or even a swimming pool, your dog might show a particular interest in those activities. Since private dog parks offer a less chaotic environment, it's easier to pick up on indications that your dog is enjoying themselves. Overall, a happy and content demeanor is a good indication that your dog is having fun at the park.

How can I find reliable and trustworthy dog parks nearby?

Public dog parks are great options for dog owners who want to take their furry friends out to socialize with other dogs and play in a safe, controlled environment. To find reliable and trustworthy public dog parks near you in Chicago, IL, you can start by checking out the Chicago Park District website. They have a list of all the dog parks in the city, along with important information like location, hours, and rules. It's also a good idea to read reviews from other dog owners who have visited the parks to get an idea of what to expect. Additionally, you can ask for recommendations from local dog owners or visit online forums and social media groups to get suggestions.

Private dog parks, on the other hand, are perfect for dog owners who want a little more privacy and control over their dog's environment. These parks typically allow only one booking at a time, which means there are no unpredictable dog interactions to worry about. In addition, some private dog parks offer indoor, outdoor or swimming options which can be great even during Chicago's cold winters. To find reliable and trustworthy private dog parks near you, you can search online for "private dog parks in Chicago" or check out pet-friendly rental options that may offer private dog parks on the premises. Reading reviews from other dog owners who have used the private dog parks can help you choose the right one for your furry friend.

How often should I take my furry friend to the dog park to ensure they get enough exercise and social interaction, as per the recommended guidelines?

Public dog parks are a great place to take your furry friend for exercise and social interaction. As per the recommended guidelines, it is suggested that you take your dog to the park at least once a day for a minimum of 30 minutes. However, it is important to note that the frequency of visits should vary depending on your dog's age, breed, and energy level. Additionally, Chicago's cold winter months can be harsh, so it is important to monitor the weather and avoid taking your dog out during extreme cold temperatures.

Private dog parks, on the other hand, offer a more controlled environment for your furry friend to play and exercise. Since only one booking is allowed at a time, there are no unpredictable dog interactions, which means that your dog can exercise and play without fear of aggression or bullying. To ensure your dog receives enough exercise and social interaction, you should book a private park at least twice a week, for a minimum of 30 minutes per session. Additionally, some private parks may have indoor, outdoor, or swimming options, which can provide a unique exercise experience for your furry friend.

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