According to DogFriendly.com, Chicago, Illinois is a great place for dogs to visit. There are a number of pet-friendly hotels and even a couple of pet-friendly guesthouses, such as the Guesthouse in Historic Oldtown. But your dog doesn’t have to stay in a hotel. Take him with you when you go sightseeing.
The Antique Coach and Carriage Company will take you and your dog on a scenic carriage ride through downtown Chicago. The Mercury Skyline Cruiseline has dog-friendly cruises on Sundays in the summer. You can also take the Paws Around Chicago taxi service to take your dog to all the pet-friendly places.
Several stores in Chicago are pet-friendly too. Take your dog to shop in PetSmart, Petco, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, The Down Town Dog, Uncle Dan’s, Bloomingdale’s, and more. DogFriendly.com also lists almost 50 restaurants in Chicago which allow dogs. So shop and stop for lunch.
Take your dog to visit the Navy Pier. Your dog is allowed in most of the outdoor areas, but not the indoor areas. Your dog is also allowed in the Shakespeare Garden at Northwestern University. Or take your dog to Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park (pictured above). My Labrador Maya would love that! Dogs must be on a leash, though. And you must pick up after them.
Want to just chill for the evening, maybe play some pool? Take your dog to Of Mutts and Men. According to DogFriendly.com, this place charges $3 per dog and your dog can roam around inside for free while you watch TV, play pool, play chess, or just relax and read with a cup of coffee. There is also a practice ring so you can play or work directly with your dog in a secluded area.
The Chicago area also has a number of dog parks and dog beaches. Montrose Harbor Dog Beach is one such place where your dog can swim Lake Michigan. Please note that a permit may be required for your dog to play in the dog parks or beaches. Call the city of Chicago to get this permit in advance. You must also be able to furnish your dog’s proof of vaccinations.
If you are going on vacation this spring or summer, consider taking your dog and visiting the pet-friendly Chicago. Find out more places to visit and more information on DogFriendly.com. And don’t forget to have your dog wear a dog seat belt or other pet travel safety device.