America’s Best Dog Friendly Beach*
Just Got Even Friendlier
Montrose Dog Beach | Chicago, IL
* Officially named in USA Today’s 10 Best People’s Choice Contest. Click here to learn more.
Building on a Community
Since 2003, Chicago’s Montrose Dog Beach has provided Chicago residents and their canine companions with a lakefront experience unlike any other. As longtime dog owners and visitors of the beach, we’ve spent countless hours watching our mutts run, dig, fetch and frolic until their tongues find permanent homes on the side of their mouths.
We also know what it’s like to watch them not miss a beat and bring all that dirty, sandy joy into the back seat of your car. And, then your living room.
Thus, the self-service Mutt Jackson dog wash stations were born. But that’s only the beginning. We’re creating an environment that will feature dog training and agility classes, community events and much, much more.
Mutt Jackson’s flagship location is located in the area that was formerly used as a boat launch.
The structure is built on top of the cement area on the northwestern corner.
A Brief History
Susan Kimmelman’s vision of creating Chicago’s first off-leash dog beach becomes a reality.
We investigated how to obtain the water, drainage and electrical service necessary to make our idea a reality.
We broke ground to install the rain garden and decking, complete with a Rope Chewing Ceremony.
Infrastructure was put in place to install two self-service dog wash stations for Spring testing.
May 2017 – Testing!
We conducted tests of the dog washes over Memorial Day Weekend. The Public came out to sneak a peek at the new equipment and check out the space.
The facility combines a 500 sq. ft. structure with a 1,000 sq. ft. deck, a rain garden, and a 2,000 sq. ft. fenced in area for dog training and agility classes.
Later in 2017 – Grand Opening!
We’re aiming to be fully operational and open for majority of the Summer months.
A close-in view of the structure features the dog wash stations and a zen rock drainage garden to the South.
The enclosed structure will initially contain two Tru Blu Dog Wash K9000 dog wash stations branded with Mutt Jackson graphics. There will be space within the enclosed structure to install a third dog wash station at a later date.
Clean Dogs. Happy Humans.
$15 for a wash. Totally worth it.
Each of our self-service wash stations allow dog owners to conveniently wash any size dog in a safe, affordable and fun way. Payment is made by either simply swiping a credit/debit card, tapping your NFC wireless device, or by insterting our special tokens. A controlled wash area part of every unit, complete with a swing door allowing larger dogs to step into the compartment for washing.
Self-Service Wash Settings:
- De-Flea and De-Tick Shampoo
- Disinfect the Wash Tub Interior
- Blow-Dry on Low or High