Chicago’s Dog-Friendly Navy Pier

Once again we’ve got a series of rainy days ahead of us here in Chicago. But yesterday before the rain came I decided to take advantage of a beautiful afternoon and visit one of Chicago’s most popular tourist attractions – Navy Pier.

Unlike many popular tourist spots, Navy Pier is a great place to bring your dog

On summer afternoons, the park and the pier are filled with people enjoying the view of Lake Michigan. Last year I took Eko to Navy Pier, so after I took him for a run yesterday he was content to sleep at home while Penny played the tourist with me.

Our first stop in the park was a sculpture which I assume was commissioned to depict what it’s like trying to walk a Ridgeback.


Well, that’s what I think it is at least. It certainly depicts how I feel sometimes

With cafes on one side and the pier on the other, Penny and I strolled through the crowds and took in the sights. It was a great opportunity to enjoy ourselves while also working on socialization and loose leash walking.

After we covered the pier half of the trip, we of course had to cover the navy part too. That’s right, Penny got her sea legs (all four of them) courtesy of Seadog Cruises – a dog-friendly boat tour that operates at Navy Pier. Shocking precisely no one, my little speed demon loved her first boat ride.


“This is awesome!”

We also brought along the old-man contingent of my brother and Dutch. In his ten years of life Dutch had never been on a boat before so he was just a tad nervous at first.


“Hold me!”


Our tour took us cruising up and down the lakefront. While the boat was at top speed, the pups sat inside us with the wind whipping across our faces


During lulls in the trip, we all took in a view of the city from the water


No matter how long I live here, I don’t think I’ll get tired of this view

And as for how Dutch fared after his initial hesitance? Well, I think it’s safe to say he had the time of his life.


“I’m flying, Jack!” *cue Celine Dion music*

You know that giddy, punch-drunk feeling you have after a roller coaster ride? Turns out it’s not just for humans.


“Whoa…that was awesome…let’s go again!”

After our boat ride, Penny insisted her next adventure would be a nap on the sun-warmed deck. Unfortunately, the price of admission doesn’t cover boat naps so we had to be on our way.


“Take me home, Will.”

Our trip to Navy Pier was an absolute blast. I recorded as much video as I could, so hopefully I should have some fun clips to share next week.

If you’re in Chicago with your pup, make sure you make the trip to Navy Pier and make sure you guys catch a ride on the lake with Seadog. You’re guaranteed to have a great time and if Penny is any indication, you’re guaranteed your pup will get the best sleep of their life!

23 thoughts on “Chicago’s Dog-Friendly Navy Pier”

  1. Oh my gosh how CUTE!! I am happy Penny enjoyed her first boat trip! What a brave girl! Someone I know and live with would have been terrified at first, but then I think he’d have loved it too 🙂 (We need to move there- I do not know of any dog friendly boats here!)


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