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The Windy City is ushering in the winds of change - it's truly a city that's gone to the dogs! We know what you're thinking, Chicago is famous for its sweeping skylines,  The Bears, and deep dish pizza. But now, Chicago is moving toward the top of the pet-friendliest cities list, and with a growing database of dog-friendly establishments and pup-specific events, it's not hard to believe that it'll make the top ten dog-friendliest places in the next few years.

This movement will only be further supported by Chicago's already established doggo organizations, shelters, societies, and rescues. 
PAWS Chicago is one of the most popular in the city. The PAWS priority is to build, and continue to build, no-kill communities! They've helped reduce the number of pets killed in Chicago by over 80 percent. They even helped 5,125 pets find fur-ever homes in 2016 alone. Through adoption programs, fostering, spay and neuter procedures, and community engagements, PAWS is dedicated to reducing the number of pups killed every year! 

Of course, other establishments like Chicago Canine Rescue, Lake Shore Animal Shelter, and the Anti-Cruelty Society are doing their part for the Chicago pups as well!

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Chicago

  • Admission FREE!
    Month July

    #1 Pet Fest (West Fest)

    This festival has gone to the dogs! This special weekend in July is set aside for pups and their paw-rents to enjoy a unique part of a bigger, annual street fest in Chicago. This part of the festival will support local animal shelters in Chicago and feature pet related vendors and sponsors, pup activities, lots of bathing pools for your pooch, obstacle courses, and even a mobile grooming service for charity. Don't miss out on the opportunity to celebrate an annual event that's a staple of the city with your furry friend!

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month December
    Duration 11am-1pm

    #2 Spooky Pooch Parade


    What's spookier than a pup on Halloween? A dressed-up pup on Halloween, and you can make that happen at the annual Spooky Pooch Parade! You and your bow-wow can join thousands of others in this pooch event at the Chicago Botanical Gardens. Surrounded by a beautiful backdrop, and hundreds of other haunting hounds, you and Fido can participate in a costume contest for the chance to win puppy-related prizes! Non-profit groups and doggo vendors will also be there so you and your pooch can shop around. Don't miss out on this pawsitively spook-tastic Chicago pup event!

    Dog friendly event?
  • Admission FREE!
    Month June
    Duration TBD

    #3 PAWS Annual Beach Party

    Can't you picture it? You and your pooch relaxin' in the sand, sniffin' around the water, and sippin' delicious treats. We sure can! This vision can be a reality when you and your pup attend the PAWS Annual Beach Party at Castaways held on North Avenue Beach. Soak up the sun on Lake Michigan with your doggo surrounded by hundreds of other pups and their paw-rents. Dance the night away (on two legs or four), enjoy an open bar, the pet spa services, and even win some items in the raffle!

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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Year Round

    #4 Fido to Go

    Your pup is about to experience doggie deliciousness, and the best part is, it's from a food truck! Fido to Go is a Chicago staple that features canine catering for you and your pup! It's the first original dog and cat treat food truck in the nation. Their claim to fame? Gourmutt food that's handcrafted and delicious! You can check out their site to see where they'll be rolling their truck around - but they'll likely be at all dog events in Chicago!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month May
    Duration TBD

    #5 The Anti-Cruelty Society's Bark in the Park

    We're sure you and your pup love to stroll around Chicago's lake-front paths with your loving pooch, but did you know you both can do it for a cause? Every year, the Anti-Cruelty Society hosts a 5k Walk and Run at Soldier Field to benefit animals in their association! You and your canine companion can enjoy a sweeping skyline surrounded by hundreds of other bright-eyed, wet-nosed joggers, and then stick around to enjoy a full afternoon of pup-friendly activities, agility courses, arts and crafts, and even dog massages!
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