Fred Anderson Park Dog Park




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  1. […] after the owner of Velvet Lounge and Chicago Jazz musician, the Fred Anderson Dog Park is located in the city park that is also named after him. You can find it in the south loop just […]

  2. Thanks sldogpac! Our wittle pups loving playing in the water. The first signs of summer!

  3. We’ve been in touch with the Park Supervisor trying to get the Chicago Park District to expedite turning on the water features at Fred Anderson Park Dog Park for well over a month now.

    There have been few updates, and no action, although “a work order has been put in for the plumbers”.

    We do not know what the problem is.

  4. Does anyone know when the water comes on? Our little doggos love to splash!

  5. Does anyone know when the water is going to come on? Our little doggos love to splash!

  6. Can something be done about people taking big dogs with high energy into the small dog area? Maybe some signs with the rules and higher visibility? Its happening more and more often, the small dog side is not as safe anymore. I was speaking to a woman the other day who had a small dog who was bitten by a big dog on the small dog side. The poor dog had a large injury on his face and needed ongoing treatment for it. In order to prevent my dog from having a similar experience, we leave as soon as someone brings a big dog to the small dog side, however it has started to feel like we can’t use the park anymore as it has been happening more frequently. When I try asking the owners of these big dogs to go to the other side, they insist their dog is friendly and is entitled to be on the small dog side

  7. Thank you!! 🙂

  8. We are a newly dog owner and have been really enjoying the Fred Anderson Dog Park and decided to be a member to support this place that our pup absolutely loves!

    Keep up the great work!

  9. […] larger dog park, with separate spaces for large and small breeds, can be found at Fred Anderson Dog Park . There are shared and separated areas on the one acre site, and there are even picnic tables and […]

  10. There are some dog owners that bring their adult pit bulls into the small dog side. This should not be allowed as this negate the purpose of having a separate section. I have nothing against pit bulls and most are super sweat. A small dog can defend itself against another small dog but will not stand a chance against a pit bull.

  11. […] Great Dog Parks: Fred Anderson Dog Park, Lakeshore East Dog Park, Wiggly […]

  12. Hi @Michele –

    If you’d like help to support the Fred Anderson Park Dog Park, this year we’re hoping to organize committees of volunteers (or at least, a volunteer) at each of the South Loop dog parks – we imagine that those folks could organize things at ’their’ park and contact us for support (e.g. $$, publicity, etc).

    Please contact us at if you’d like.

  13. I love the Fred Anderson dog park, me and my dog Fifi goes to the park everyday, to sit in the sun, play catch,and water some grass. I love to be a volunteer to help keep the park looking nice as possible.

  14. @Arthur Jumbles –

    Same comment we just made on our Facebook page:

    Some of the history of Chicago DFA surfaces is discussed in our 2010 blog post here: Why are Chicago DFAs ‘hard-surfaced’?

    The move towards artificial turf is a step forward.

    We all dream of grass and will advocate for it, but it’s the long battle.

  15. Artificial turf and concrete. Sad that grass and trees are too expensive.

  16. […] once its construction is completed, the Fred Anderson Park will provide a roomy venue of a dog park on Wabash right between 16th Street and 18th Street right […]

  17. You are so right on, Barb. Shouldn’t it be Fred Anderson Jazz Park (considering there is a performance stage)?

  18. Absolutely, you have a great point here, and it’s appreciated. Please forgive our ‘dog-centricity’… but that’s what we do!
    Seriously, though, if you’d be willing write a couple of sentences highlighting Fred Anderson as a jazz musician, we’d be happy to include the text in the description here! Thanks!

  19. Is this park in memory of the late, great Fred Anderson, the jazz musician? Is so, it would be nice to at least mention him. Why name something after someone and not even mention it.

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