In 2008 Chicago dog owners can begin taking their dogs to restaurants that have outdoor patios. The Chicago Veterinary Medical Association identified seven key points, listed below, that restaurants and owners will need to follow under this new city ordinance.
- Only restaurants with outdoor areas where dogs do not have to pass through the interior of the establishment to the outdoor area will be allowed to participate.
- Dogs will be allowed in restaurants pending individual license approval and registration by the restaurant. This is a volunteer enrollment. Restaurant owners must post clear signage on their patios for patrons to identify participating restaurants.
- Servers will not be allowed to handle the dogs or offer food to dogs, only water.
- Dogs will not be allowed to sit or place their paws on furniture.
- If attacks occur on the premises, 311 must be contacted by the establishment.
- Dog patrons must have a city license and proof of vaccines to use dog friendly patios.
- The law went into effect on January 1, 2008.