If you are trying to take your four-legged family member on a trip they will never forget they you have to take them to the number one dog beach in the USA, and it is right here in the Land of Lincoln!

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The travel website tripsavvy.com released a list called The 18 Best Dog-Friendly Beaches in the US, and at the top of the list is Montrose Dog Beach in Chicago, Illinois. The Montrose Dog Beach beat out multiple dog beaches in Florida, and California to claim the top spot, so what makes it so special? On the site they say...

"Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Montrose Dog Beach in Chicago is a sandy, four-acre haven for pups...The park is fenced on three sides, and dogs can roam off-leash from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Amenities include a hose-down area and free waste bags, courtesy of Montrose Dog Owners Group (MonDog), which maintains the park and accepts visitor donations for beach upkeep."

The site also mentions how in order for your dog to be allowed in they have to show proof of vaccinations to make sure all the dogs are safe. To read more about Montrose Dog Beach and to see the complete list for yourself click here!

When I lived in Chicago for years I lived a 10 min walk away from Montrose Dog Beach, and it truly is special. It was always so fun to go there and watch the dogs splashing around and playing fetch, if you ever have the opportunity to take your dog there I couldn't recommend it highly enough!

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