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Hello fellow doggies!

As your Alderdog of the 42nd Ward, I wanted to let you know the best places to take your humans, get your shots, find the latest things to chew and the best grass to romp around in.  Chicago is the dog-friendliest city in the U.S. (especially in the 42nd Ward) and I wouldn’t want you to miss out.

Also, it’s important to remember that not all the doggies are as loved and cared for as we are, so I want to let you know how you can help a human find a new friend or help a shelter nearby.


Keep Your Pet on a Leash!
Remember, when you take your pet off your property, you must keep your pet on a leash at all times to avoid a violation of city ordinance 7-12-030. This ordinance is in effect to protect your pet, as well as others, and is strictly enforced. Violators of this ordinance are subject to a fine of at least $300.
Dog-Friendly Parks (Click for MAP)
Buckingham Fountain
Grant Park - Congress and Columbus
Navy Pier - 600 East Grand Ave.
The Lakefront Trail - Lake Shore Dr.
Washington Square
Olive Park
Ohio Dog Park
Larrabee Dog Park
Lakeshore East Park
Riverwalk Gateway/Riverwalk
Shelters, Organizations and Events

The Anti-Cruelty Society
157 W. Grand Avenue
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Upcoming Events and Adoptions

The Anti-Cruelty Society is one of the largest humane societies in the U.S. and is conveniently located in the River North neighborhood. The Anti-Cruelty Society has been helping animals since 1899, and offers pet adoption,training resources, and a clinic.

PAWS Chicago
1997 N. Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
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Upcoming Events

PAWS Chicago (Pets Are Worth Saving) is the city's largest no-kill humane organization. Nearly 20,000 pets were euthanized in Chicago in 2006. PAWS Chicago envisions a “No-Kill Chicago” - a city in which pets are not destroyed just because they are homeless.

The River North Dog Owners Association actively works to increase the dog friendliness of the River North neighborhood. The River North Dog Owners Association promotes responsible dog ownership, and fosters communication and education on issues relevant to dog owners.

Dog Licenses

Dogs living in Chicago must be registered and licensed by the Chicago City Clerk’s Office. A major benefit of having a licensed dog is that the owner whose pet wears the license can be notified if a lost or stray dog ends in the care of the city's Animal Care and Control Center. New this year, the tags also carry the City Clerk's office phone number to aid in the search and retrieval of your pet.

Registration costs (dog owner under age 64):
Neutered dog: $5.00
Unneutered dog: $50.00

Registration costs (dog owner over age 65, proof of age required):

Neutered dog: $2.50
Unneutered dog: $5.00

There is no charge for guide dogs for the blind and disabled. Dog licenses expire one year from the date of your pet's rabies vaccination. Further information can be found on the Chicago City Clerk’s Website.

Registering a Dog

Owners of dogs must provide the most recent rabies certificate, which is provided by vets at the time of inoculation. Proof of sterilization (e.g., proof of adoption from an animal shelter) and proof of age are needed for discounted fees.

You may now register your dog online via the Chicago City Clerk's Office website or pick up and fill out a license applicaiton form at one of the following locations:

Office of the Chicago City Clerk - City Hall
121 North LaSalle Street, Room 107
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 744-6861 (Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Office of the Chicago City Clerk - Satellite Office
5430 West Gale Street
Chicago, IL 60630
(312) 742-5319


5674 South Archer Drive
Chicago, IL 60638
(312) 745-1100

Applications are also available at most Chicago veterinarian offices and clinics.

Be a Responsible Pet Owner!
Be courteous and always make certain to always clean up after your pet. It keeps your neighborhood clean and safe, and reduces rodent problems in your area.
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