Dog Beach

Dog Beach

Evanston's Dog Beach is located just north of the Church Street launch facility, where Church St. meets the lake.

Update - May 27, 2016

We are happy to report that the Dog Beach, located south of the former location, will be opening on Saturday, May 28 at 7:00 a.m.  Unfortunately, the new location is smaller than the prior site, however, we understand the importance of providing an opportunity for your dog to enjoy the lakefront.  We will keep our fingers crossed that mother nature might cooperate this season and provide us with some additional beach space. 

The water to the hose at the old Dog Beach location by Clark St. Beach will be turned on and available for you to use.  Please make sure to bring your Dog Beach pass with you each time you visit to show to staff, when they are present.  The code to the gate is printed on the back of your Dog Beach pass and allows you to access the beach when staff are not present.  You will need the enter the code to unlock the gate when both entering and leaving the beach.  Please be mindful of a some important rules when using the Evanston Dog Beach:

1.       Owners/handlers/guests with dogs may enter the water to their knees and no further.
2.       Owners/handlers will be solely responsible for the actions of their dog(s).  Owners/handlers must be in voice control of their dog(s) and be present on the beach with their dog(s).
3.       Owners/handlers must have visual contact of their dog(s) and keep their dog leash with them at all times.  If aggressive behavior is observed in a dog, it must be leashed immediately and removed from the Dog Beach.
4.       Dog owners/handlers will be required to pick up dog feces and dispose of it in waste receptacles located on or near the beach.
5.       Dogs must be on leash in the park, parking lot and walkway leading to the Dog Beach.

We appreciate all the City of Evanston staff who worked to provide this new location and thank you for your patience, understanding, and feedback throughout the process of trying to provide an off-leash area for dogs for this season!


Things to remember when purchasing your 2016 dog beach pass:

1. Please read the updated 2016 Dog Beach Packet (updated 5-16-16).

2. Your Veterinarian must verify all required Cook County vaccinations/test by filling out Section 1 of the verification form. This form is the only type of verification we accept.

3. Your dog must be licensed by the municipality where you reside.

  • Evanston residents (60201 or 60202) must have a valid 2016 Evanston pet license
  • Non-residents must include a copy of pet license or proof that municipality does not require a license

4. Please read all rules/policies prior to purchasing your pass.

Dog Beach Incident Report Form


7 am to 7:30 pm, May 28 through November, weather permitting.
Admission is restricted to dog owners or handlers with a dog beach pass.


$50 Resident (60201 and 60202 only)
$100 Non-resident
Starting September 1, half-price

Requirements to obtain a Dog Beach Pass

The Cook County Animal and Rabies Control Ordinance requires that there is written proof (on file with the operator of the Dog Park/Dog Beach) of an examination within the past year for any communicable diseases including:

  • current vaccinations or titers (antibodies) for: Rabies, Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, Bordetella (kennel cough) and Leptospirosis
  • internal parasites as confirmed by a stool specimen 


The dog must be currently licensed in Evanston or provide proof that the dog is licensed by the local government where the dog’s owner lives. If you have questions regarding these requirements, please call 847.448.4311 or contact Cook County Animal Control at 708.974.6140.

Evanston Pet License information



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