More than 100 Chicago Real Estate Options For You, Fluffy or Fido

A comprehensive list of dog-friendly real estate buildings in the best Chicago neighborhoods.

Dog-friendly buildings in Chicago lists more than 100 Chicago real estate buildings that are dog-friendly. Image from flickr/randy son of robert

One walk around nearly any block of a Chicago neighborhood tells you that the city loves its dogs. And in my 20-plus years of selling real estate in Chicago, I’ve learned how important it is to many of my clients that they find a home suitable and accommodating to their pet.
After researching building after building in the best Chicago neighborhoods, I’ve found and compiled 116 choices among real estate in downtown Chicago for buyers looking for a high-rise condo that will welcome their pet. With downtown Chicago being a pet-friendly neighborhood in general, the options were aplenty. Some downtown Chicago condos limit the number or size of dogs in each unit, but there are also some that don’t impose any restrictions on resident pets. The list includes Chicago condos in coveted neighborhoods like the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and much more, and includes any restrictions or fees that a building might have when you move in with your pet.
My goal for this original research was to provide an additional resource for dog owners searching for a Chicago home. This kind of detailed information, while important to many buyers, isn’t readily available on MLS searches. This list will help dog owners quickly find a neighborhood they are interested, find dog-friendly buildings and see what limitations there are for each one.
Another plus to these neighborhoods – Lakeview, Lincoln Park and Lakeshore East in particular—is that they also offer community dog parks and dog-friendly areas for Fido to socialize:
Challenger Playlot Park, 1100 W Irving Park Rd.
Belmont Harbor, Belmont and Lakeshore Dr.
Lakeshore East
Grant Park, 337 E Randolph St.
Lakeshore East Park, 450 E Benton Pl.
Lincoln Park
Hamlin Park, 3035 N Hoyne Ave.
Noethling (Grace) Playlot Park, 2645 N Sheffield Ave.
For frequent travelers, Chicago even has options for your dog to check into a Chicago condo of its own. Full-service dog hotel Stay in Ravenswood offers both day care and overnight care for dogs, which includes suites with platform beds and floor-to-ceiling windows. Other options include the Pooch Hotel in Lincoln Park and the West Loop, DoGone Fun in the South Loop and Urban Out Sitters in Lakeview for day care.
Click here to view a list of Chicago dog-friendly buildings on Sheldon Salnick’s website, To learn more about Chicago real estate for you and your four-legged friends, contact Sheldon at (312) 498-5080 or by e-mail at