Throw Paws Scaggs a bone — in more ways than one. Check out these pet-friendly options for strutting around the city, spending quality time, and spoiling your beloved (and seasoned) mutt.
Think your pup is a model pet? Let couple and co-owners Alex Mechlin and Andrea Fischetti set up a professional photo and/or video shoot with your furry family member. They do candids or portraits.
Chicago Pet Video (312-834-3738 or chicagopetvideo.com).
The Wicker Park boutique is a one-stop shop for all things pup, from all-natural food to ID tags. Give Stinky a bath with organic shampoo and conditioner in the DIY spa.
Doggy Style Pet Shop, 2023 West Division Street, between Damen and Hoyne Avenues (773-235-9663 or doggystylepetshop.com).
Sparky needs to learn a few manners. Besides buckling down basic commands like sit, fetch, and heel, the company offers group training and private sessions to practice skills outside the classroom.
Call of the Wild School for Dogs, 3027 North Rockwell Street, between Nelson Street and Wellington Avenue (773-539-1088 or callofthewildschool.com).
Need a trustworthy caretaker for your precious (and precocious) Pom? Canine Crews, a doggie day care and boarding facility, takes surrogacy seriously. All breeds are welcome.
Canine Crews, 1616 North Washtenaw Avenue, between North and Wabansia Avenues (773-235-1616 or caninecrews.com).
It’s no secret that man’s best friend needs to stretch those paws. But if you’re short on time, leisurely walks are for the dogs. Let’s Walk Chicago is there when you can’t be.
Let’s Walk Chicago (773-857-1261 or letswalkchicago.com).
Even dogs need treats. K9 Cookie Company specializes in pet-friendly baked goods like birthday cakes. And it delivers pet food, too.
K9 Cookie Company (708-848-5959 or k9cookiecompany.com).
Swimsuit season applies even to dogs. At this pet-friendly beach, Rover can romp off-leash, dig his paws in the sand, doggie paddle, and towel off as part of a pack.
Montrose Dog Beach, West Lawrence Avenue, at Simonds Drive (312-742-7529).
See the sites with your party animal. On summer Sundays, dogs — and their human companions — are invited aboard this 90-minute cruise along the Chicago River highlighting our city’s finest landmarks.
Mercury Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline, 112 East Wacker Drive, at Michigan Avenue (312-332-1353 or mercuryskylinecruiseline.com). Tickets available day-of at the Mercury box office.
The dog-watching is almost as good as the people-watching at this Wicker Park mainstay’s patio. And if you happen to drop a bit of fish taco, let Poochie lick it up.
Big Star, 1531 North Damen Avenue, at Pierce Avenue (773-235-4039 or bigstarchicago.com).
This self-proclaimed “gourmutt food truck” serves canine cookies and doggie ice creams at locations around the city. If that’s not enough to wet your nose, these folks will even cater Puppy’s birthday party.
Fido to Go (@fidotogo or fidotogo.net).
Live music, barbecue, and dog-friendly outside seating make this the perfect scene for you and Sir Licks-a-Lot to kick it. And it’s okay to toss him a rib.
The Smoke Daddy, 1804 West Division Street, at Wood Street (773-772-6656 or thesmokedaddy.com).
You don’t have to shove your pup into a Louis Vuitton to share a shopping spree. Vintage and consignment spot Dovetail permits Pucci to come in on a leash. We’ll take two of everything.
Dovetail Chicago, 1452 West Chicago Avenue, between Greenview Avenue and Noble Street (312-243-3100 or dovetailchicago.com).
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