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Dog Beach photoBEACHES - DOG BEACH

pdf icon 2008 Dog Beach Packet


Evanston's Dog Beach is located just north of the Church Street launch facility, where Church St. meets the lake. The dog beach is open from 7 am to 8 pm, May through October, weather permitting.


Admission is restricted to dogs with a "dog beach season token." A token is $50 per dog owned by an Evanston resident. Non-Resident tokens are $100 per dog. The animal license fee is $10 for a neutered dog and $15 for a non-neutered dog (2008 fees).


Dog beach tokens may be purchased at the Dempster Street Beach Office (where Dempster St. meets the lake; 10am-5 daily between Memorial Day & Labor Day) or at the Recreation office in the Civic Center. Note: if you have not yet purchased a pet license, please stop by the City Collector's office first at the Civic Center before coming to the Recreation office.


Requirements to obtain Dog Beach Token
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 and Bordetella (kennel cough)
  • a stool specimen for internal parasites

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 in regards to these requirements, please call 847.866.2900 or contact Cook County Animal Control at 708.974.6140.