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Chicago’s Lofty Dog Runs and Dog-Friendly Communities

  • April 22, 2011

by Jacqueline Zenn

Living in a downtown Chicago high-rise with a dog can be a bit tricky. After all, every time he/she needs to go out, you’ll have to take the elevator all the way downstairs and walk to the nearest green space, which can be quite a trek depending on your location.

As a solution, several communities have built on-site dog runs in order to make both their human and canine residents’ lives easier.

For instance, the Bold L&H Lofts at 2620 West Washington Boulevard (map) in East Garfield Park has a dog run on their green rooftop deck, which also includes BBQ grills and private gardens.

EnV Chicago dog run
The Dog Run at EnV

In the River North, both the EnV at 161 West Kinzie Street (map) and the Flair Tower at 222 West Erie Street (map) have amenity decks with dog runs. The EnV’s deck is on the seventh floor, along with an outdoor kitchen, a terrace, and an indoor lounge. Several blocks north at the Flair Tower, the amenity deck features a pool, a hot tub, in addition to a dog run.

A dog run on the roof of a high-rise might make some pet owners a little worried for their dog’s safety. However, there are tall guardrails and another layer of fencing between the dog run and the edge of all the buildings mentioned in this article, and all dogs must be on their leashes in the elevators and common areas (dog runs are considered common areas).

Lakeshore Dog Park
The Dog Park at Lakeshore East

For those owners that want to keep their dogs on the ground, the Lakeshore East (map) complex and AMLI 900 at 900 South Clark Street (map) both have ground-level dog runs. The Park at Lakeshore East has a fenced-in dog run, and the community has no restrictions on sizes or breeds. At AMLI 900, there are some breed restrictions (no pit bulls, rottweilers, dobermans, German shepherds, malamutes, bull Terriers, wolf-dog hybrids, chow-chows, or great danes), but there is a ground-level dog run and they hold regular “Yappy Hours” (yes, yappy) for their residents and pets.

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