Chicago Winter Dog Fun

Photo: Doggy Paddle Aquatic Center

Posted on February 13, 2017

Winters can feel long, especially for our four-legged friends who dream of summer romps at the local dog park, long evening walks and laying belly up in the warm sunshine. Chase away doggie winter blues with these Chicagoland indoor dog enrichment options.

Doggy Paddle Aquatic Center
1430 W. Willow, Chicago

Give your water-loving dog a stellar workout they are sure to enjoy! Four heated indoor pools with dedicated instructors ensure safe and fun swimming. Different programs for those new to the water, calmer dogs (“Calm Dog Pool”) and active dogs (we love the name - “Jumping & Crazy Pool”). Various monthly and a la carte options available.

Chasing Tails 4U Pet Fitness
1724 W. Lake Street, Chicago

A doggie daycare dedicated to fitness! A healthy dog is a happy dog. Flexible drop-off and pick-up options and even overnight care available.

Paradise 4 Paws
3 Chicagoland locations (Midway, O’Hare, Lincoln Park, West Loop)

Offering convenient 24-hour drop-off and pick-up at all their locations, on-site grooming, spa services, daytime play and overnight boarding. Most locations feature a pool, too! 

Meet-up Groups

Join a meet-up group for some off-leash socialization for your pup and meet some pretty cool humans along the way, too! Check out a variety of groups, some meeting more frequently than others; some special to breeds (e.g., bulldogs) and some not.

Shop with your Pup!
The Shops at North Bridge, 520 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Did you know you can shop with your pup at The Shops at North Bridge and their anchor department store Nordstrom? There are no size restrictions - all leashed dogs welcomed! 

Agility Course
Various locations

Build confidence in your dog AND you with stimulating agility courses to exercise your dogs mind and body. Check out Chicago Agility for beginner, intermediate and advanced agility courses, as well as private training options. PAWS Chicago also offers agility classes and the bonus is you support a non-profit shelter in the process.

Dog Parks
Various Chicago locations

For nicer winter days (snow is tons of fun, too!), nothing beats a visit to an outdoor dog park where pups can run around wild to their heart's content. Check otu the Chicago Park District list of dog-friendly areas near you.