Hot Dog? Winnetka and North Shore Dog Beaches

Real Estate Agent with Baird & Warner Real Estate



You don't have to have a dog that loves the water - or even one that chases balls and sticks. Winnetka and North Shore Centennial Dog Beach Winnetkadog beaches are open for all dogs that want to cool off and socialize. And do something different than laze around the back yard on a hot day.

The dog beaches require pets be up-to-date on vaccinations and there are rules that must be followed, which are outlined in the websites (listed below.)  

Along the North Shore, there are four easily accessible dog beaches.

Winnetka -  Centennial Park Beach

Located on Sheridan Road just south of Elder (Elder Beach for humans is next door.)  Cost for residents is $35 for one dog and $15 for additional dogs.  Non-resident fees are much higher at $170.00 for one dog.  The Winnetka dog beach has a doggie shower to clean up sandy paws and fur.  For more information and to Centennial Dog Beach Winnetkacomplete an application, please go to:  Centennial Park Beach in Winnetka

Wilmette - Gillson Park Dog Beach

Gillson Park Dog Beach is located at the south end of Gillson Park.  Costs are slightly less than Winnetka:  $26 for one resident dog, $5 for additional dogs, and 154 for non-resident dogs.  Gillson Dog Beach in Wilmette

Highland Park - Moraine Park

Located at 2501 Sheridan Rd (at Moraine Road.)  Moraine Park was originally the site of the Hotel Moraine, built in 1982 and closed in 1970.  The 15-acre site is now a designated nature area with a portion of it fenced off for dogs.  Permits are required and can be applied for at Highland Park Moraine Park Dog Beach

Evanston Dog Beach

This dog beach is located where Church Street meets the lake, just north of the launch facility. Permit fees are $60 for residents and $120 for non-residents. This beach was closed in 2019 due to high water levels - stay tuned to see updates for 2020.



Evanston Dog BeachSome dogs (like mine) won't go near the water except for a little sip.  The fun is in watching her play and run free in the sand with other dogs.  And you don't need to constrain yourself to summer time - the beaches can be used in the winter and it's a lot less crowded!






(Video courtesy of Bill O'Neil - follow him on YouTube at chicagospots)


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Comments (4)

Trisha Bush-LeFore
Preferred Properties Land & Homes - Walla Walla, WA
Providing Realtor Services in the Walla Walla Area


How wonderful that you live in an area that shares its' beautiful beaches with not only the two legged residents but also with the four legged. Our dogs are a huge part of our lives and having a beach to take them to is an important feature in the community.

Jul 08, 2013 08:16 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Margaret,  I love seeing these dog parks and dog friendly beaches.  I marvel at the dogs that love the ocean and will fetch balls and sticks and others, like my grand-dog (and your dog) that really don't want anything to do with the water.  They love the beach and the sand ... not the water.

Jul 08, 2013 08:52 AM
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Trisha - So true - as our very busy dog beaches can ascertain!

Kathleen - my border collie is a land dog, through and through.  But that doesn't mean she doesn't like running around on the sand!

Jul 08, 2013 09:57 AM
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

Dog friendly beaches and parks are great when owners take responsibility. I love to see the pups in the water splashing around and having so much fun! 

Jul 22, 2013 10:08 PM

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