Chicago Coyote Sightings

Below is a list of reported coyote sightings in the city of Chicago. Remember, if you spot a coyote, please let us know on our submit a coyote sighting page.

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29th Street & Vernon Avenue in Chicago, IL
Date: 1/12/2014
Time: 6:15 a.m.
Coyote was spotted coming out of parking lot of nearby high-rise headed Southeast towards fenced off area where the now demolished Michael Reese Hospital once stood.
Submitted by: User

School Drive & North Bay Court in Chicago, IL
Date:  1/12/2014
Time:  8:30 p.m.
Coyote spotted heading west to east on School.
Submitted by: Mark

Jackson Park Golf Course (between 6600 & 6700) in Chicago, IL
Date:  12/31/2013
Time:  ?
Coyote was on the East side of the park, chasing a rabbit. It chased the rabbit across the street to the West side of the park, right in front of our car, which was headed north & coming to a stop for the light. Discovery Channel/Nature, right in front of our eyes!
Submitted by: User

Addison & Western in Chicago, IL
Date:  1/23/2014
Time:  6:45 a.m.
Coyote spotted on the Lane Tech campus.
Submitted by: User

Foster & Normandy in Chicago, IL
Date:  1/27/2014
Time:  9 p.m.
I was cleaning snow off my car and looked up and noted a very skinny looking coyote running rapidly down Normandy Ave. Came from the direction of Foster Ave. and was running down street in direction of Carmen Ave. Unsure how far down it ran possibly all the way to Gunnison. Maybe towards the open land of the country club there.
Submitted by: User

North & Lasalle in Chicago, IL
Date:  1/30/2014
Time:  8:25 a.m.
Coyote spotted.
Submitted by:  User

Clark & Armitage in Chicago, IL
Date:  2/1/2014
Time:  8:15 a.m.
Coyote spotted.
Submitted by: User

Wisconsin & Sedgwick in Chicago, IL
Date: 2/2/2014
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Coyote spottted in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.
Submitted by: User

4200 Block of Campbell in Chicago, IL
Date: 2/4/2014
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Coyote spotted heading south in the 4200 block of Campbell.
Submitted by: Beth

4700 Block of N Virginia Avenue in Chicago, IL
Date: 1/30/2014
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Coyote spotted along the north branch of the Chicago River.
Submitted by: Ed

Irving Park & Sheridan in Chicago, IL
Date:  2/6/2014
Time:  10:00 p.m.
Coyote spotted running down the sidewalk. I also watched a man walking
a small dog pick up the dog and start carrying it.
Submitted by: Alyssa

Near the Lincoln Park Zoo on Fullerton in Chicago, IL
Date: 2/10/2014
Time: ?
Coyote spotted.
Submitted by: Tania

Fullerton & Lakeview in Chicago, IL
Date:  2/10/2014
Time:  10:30 p.m.
Coyote was spotted srollling down the east side of Lakeview Ave & Fullerton, then he/she crossed Fullerton and disappeared.
Submitted by: Lauren

Arlington & Clark in Chicago, IL
Date: 2/16/2014
Time: 9:50 a.m.
Coyote spotted on Arlington just west of Clark.
Submitted by: User

Bosworth & Diversey in Chicago, IL
Date: 1/16/2014
Time: 10:30 a.m.
I was walking my dog on N Bosworth between Wrightwood and Diversey and a coyote was trotting towards us on the sidewalk. When I realized what it was- I ducked us into a neighbor’s gated yard. The coyote skirted us in the street for a few house lengths then returned to its path on the sidewalk heading South. It turned in between 2 houses and disappeared toward the alley on the Ashland side. I was stunned!
Submitted by: Brad

Irving and Clark in Chicago, IL
Date: 1/4/2013
Time: 1:30am
Description: Right on the sidewalk near the cemetery.
submitted by: admin

Clark and Addison in Chicago, IL
Date: 11/27/2012
Time: Night
Description: Photos were taken of coyotes roaming around Wrigley Field.
Submitted by: News

Seeley and Sunnyside in Chicago, IL
Date: 1/2/2012
Time: 9pm
Description: Coyote spotted.
Submitted by: News

Sunnyside and Dover in Chicago, IL
Date: 12/9/2012
Time: 11:30pm
Description: Multiple reports of a pair of coyotes in this area.
Submitted by: News

600 Block South Kennilworth in Chicago, IL
Date: November 2012
Time: ?
Description: Coyote spotted.
Submitted by: News

Fullerton near Lake Michigan in Chicago, IL
Date: 1/3/2013
Time: 6:30am
Description: I was walking my dog early am and saw a coyote about 150 yards away. It noticed us but just kept walking/trotting north.
Submitted by: User

O’hare Airport Area in Chicago, IL
Date: 1/9/2013
Time: ?
Description: Recent article in the Irish Times that mentions coyotes in and around O’hare airport.
source: News

1400 W Hutchinson in Chicago, IL
Date: 12/14/2012
Time: Morning
Description: Coyote spotted near the cemetery.
Submitted By: User

Sunnyside & St. Louis Ave in Chicago, IL
Date: 1/11/2013
Time: 6:15am
Description: Leaving for work and saw one coyote. Was definitely not a dog!
Submitted by: APark

Bryn Mawr & Kedzie in Chicago, IL
Date: August 2012
TIme: Evening
Description: Walking my dog in the park I came upon one coyote. A lot of staring and then we walked away. Submited by: JK

Gillson Park in Chicago, IL
Date: September 2012
Time: Mid Afternoon
Description: I was driving along Sheridan and saw a coyote casually trotting towards the park.
Submitted by: User

Jackson Park, Chicago, IL
Date: 2/6/2013
Time: Early Morning
Description: According to news reports two coyotes were reported in Washington Park, before traveling to Jackson Park and the University of Chicago Campus.
Source: ABC News Chicago

Washington Park in Chicago, IL
Date: 2/6/2013
Time: Early Morning
A pair of coyotes were spotted in Washington Park.
Source: ABC News Chicago

Border of Naperville & Aurora in Illinois
Date: 2/1/2013
Time: Morning
According to WGN News a woman on the border of Naperville and Aurora had her dog taken from her yard by coyotes.
Source: WGN News

Newcastle & Carmen, Chicago, IL
Date: December 2012
Time: 5:00am
Description: Did not run when cars approached.
Source: User

Granville & Sheridan(Berger Park), Chicago, IL
Date: 2/14/2013
Time: 7:00am
Description: Coyote by the park.
Source: User

S.W. Corner of Minnick & Oakdale Drive in Chicago, IL
Date: 2/22/2013
Time: ?
Description: One coyote heading south. Retired neighbors spotted coyote while shoveling snow.
Source: User

2638 W Fargo Ave, Chicago, IL
Date: 1/13
Time: 10am
Description: Coyote spotted in this West Rogers Park neighborhood
Source: Quincy M.(user)

Sheridan and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL
Date: 3/13/2013
Time: 6:30am
Description: One coyote spotted just off the road in the morning. Kind of neat to see!
Source: User

Sunken Gardens Park, Chicago, IL
Date: May 15, 2013
Time: 8:30pm
Description: Small coyote, maybe 50 or 60 pounds.
Submitted by: User

Sunnyside and Central, Chicago, IL
Date: May 3, 2013
Time: 10:00am
Description: Coyote spotted near the intersection.
Submitted by: User

Sunnyside and Mayfair, Chicago, IL
Date: April 28, 2013
Time: 6:00pm
Description: Coyote spotted in an alley.
Submitted by: User

Lincoln Square Neighborhood, Chicago, IL
Date: April 28, 2013
Time: 8:00pm
Description: Single coyote spotted.
Submitted by: User

Byron and Paulina, Chicago, IL
Date: April 26, 2013
Time: ?
Description: Corner of Byron and Paulina Street.
Submitted by: User

Greenview and Hutchinson, Chicago, IL
Date: April 5, 2013
Time: 10:30
Description: It was about 10:30ish April 5th, about 4200 N Greenview and Hutchinson. I was walking my 2 dogs when a coyote came out between 2 houses less than 200′ front of me on Greenview and crossed the street. I turned around and walked back south and darn coyote started following us…
Submitted by: User

Paulina and Cullom, Chicago, IL
Date: March 24, 2013
Time: 9:00pm
Description: Single coyote sighted on Sunday 3/24/13 at 9:00PM on the corner of Paulina and Cullom. It crossed the street going east and disappeared into someone’s backyard on the southeast block.
Submitted by: User

North Chicago, IL
Date: 7/26/13
Time: ?
Description: Sighted 4 coyotes in military housing neighborhood around 3am running towards the fields. In North Chicago, near Naval Station Great Lakes.
Submitted by: User

River Park in Chicago, IL
Date: 8/9/2013
Time: 6 am
SDescription: Spotted a coyote close to the North Shore Channel Trail in River Park, just north of Foster Avenue between Albany and Franciso at 6am, August 9. It came out of the trees surrounding the river bank about 300 yards south of the trail’s Foster underpass, looked at me for awhile (I was on a run), and then headed north in the park towards Foster. When I made a loop through the park and headed back towards the underpass I saw it entering the underpass headed north. I decide to cross at street level and before I did I saw it come up through the underpass on the north side of Foster, run several laps around part of the park, and then head back for the underpass.
Submitted by: Carissa

Hermitage & Ainslie in Chicago, IL
Date: 8/20/13
Time: 5:45 am
Description: Hermitage & Ainslie…2 coyotes came north up Hermitage & headed eastbound on Ainslie — I was about a block behind them & lost sight of them as they crossed Ashland.
Submitted by: User

Argyle & Magnolia in Chicago, IL
Date: 8/28/13
Time: 5:20 am
Description: One small coyote.
Submitted by: K. Stack

Torrence & 100th in Chicago, IL
Date: 8/29/13
Time: 8 am
Description: Coyote was running from the tracks at Torrence Avenue and 100th St. He continued east on 100th street to an entrance by a wooded area near 10001 and Muskegon Avenue. Coyote looked very healthy, nice coat, very black lower tail. Seeing this beautiful animal made my day!!!
Submitted by: R. Ortiz

Border of Chicago & Evanston, IL
Date: 8/30/13
Time: 10:30 pm
Description: I was on the border of Chicago and Evanston. I was near a forest/park and heard like 10 tree branches breaking like every 2 minutes. The after that stopped 10 minutes later heard Howling from like 15ft away it was multiple coyotes howling, there were about 8 of them.
Submitted by: Jamilla

3300 Block of W Eastwood in Chicago, IL
Date: 9/1/13
Time: 11:45 pm
Description: A single adult coyote was heading east bound on the south side of the street. Startled my dog. Fortunately the coyote was not interested in us, and kept heading east.
Submitted by: Rob S.

Cornelia & Marshfield, Chicago, IL
Date: 9/29/13
Time: 11:30 pm
Description: Coyote spotted.
Submitted by: Ryan

Bell & Addison in Chicago, IL
Date: 10/1/13
Time: 10 pm
Description: Saw two coyotes walking north in the3500 block of North Bell Avenue at W. Addison St.
One was walking in the middle of the street, the other walking along the northbound west sidewalk of Bell. They were the same size and color. They both paused at Addison before crossing, continuing north.
Submitted by: John K.

Lincoln Park Area in Chicago, IL
Date: 10/4/13
Time: 5:50 am
Description: 2 coyotes sighted in median manicured garden stretch of Lincoln Park between Lincoln Park West & Stockton Drive between Belden & Fullerton, heading North through gardens.
I was walking my dog & coyote looked over & coyote was 5ft from me, my dog was 10 ft away from it & paid no attention, didn’t realize he was there. I just walked toward my dog & walked on, then another coyote trotted by to catch up to him. Looked like 2 young males, about 45 lbs each, as tall as my female pointer but lean, beautiful coats, very healthy looking. Were peaceful. Not on the hunt, just trotting through happily. 1st coyotes seen in almost 2 years. Have not had any bunny carcasses out in the park like there used to be.
Submitted By: Beth

1400 Block of Clybourn in Chicago, IL
Date: 10/3/13
Time: ?
Description: Driving north on Clybourn between Larrabee and Halsted. Beautiful golden coyote crossed Clybourn,heading north near the YMCA building.
Submitted by: Kenneth M.

Northwestern University in Chicago, IL
Date: June 2013
Time: ?
Description: Not sure of exact date but my dog discovered a lone coyote in June of this year two days in a row in and around the cooling pond at Northwestern University.
Submitted by: Kenneth M.

103rd St and Woodlawn East in Chicago, IL
Date: 10/14/13
Time: 9:20 pm
Description: Spotted two coyotes.
Submitted by: Julie

I-55 & Pulaski in Chicago, IL
Date: 10/17/13
Time: 5 pm
Description: Spotted two coyotes apparently eating some road kill in the brush along the right side of the expressway/ramp.
Submitted by: Aidan

Byron & Hoyne in Chicago, IL
Date: 10/27/13
Time: 6:45 pm
Description: 2 coyotes headed south on Byron near Hoyne. We had our dogs with us. Terrifying.
Submitted by: Borton

2550 N Clybourn in Chicago, IL
Date: 10/26/13
Time: 8:30 pm
Description: I encountered two coyotes which were traveling through the Dominicks parking lot. One of the animals appeared to have a yellow tag in his/her ear.
Submitted by: User

4200 Block of Kenmore in Chicago, IL
Date: 11/3/13
Time: 1 am
Description: Spotted 2 coyotes.
Submitted by: User