Why should your furry best friend be left behind while you enjoy a weekend in Chicago? Bring pooch along for the ride: Chicago is a canine lovin' city that welcomes dogs and their humans. From a dog-friendly boat tour to pet-friendly hotel packages in Chicago, here are our picks on where to stay, dine, shop and play with your fave dog.
The brand new Bark Near the Park Package from Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park was created with a little help from Fairmont Chicago Team Member, Chinook (the hotel manager's four-year-old Golden Retriever). This poochariffic package includes overnight human and canine accommodations, two hours of dog sitting, Chinook Doggie Biscuits, Chinook's favorite toy and full dog-friendly a la carte dinner menu. The hotel "dog-cierge" is also on staff to offer recommendations on popular doggy hot spots around town.
With a dog friendly patio and a recently refreshed menu complements of Chef Geordan Stenson, canines and owners alike are invited to take in the vibrant sights, sounds and flavors. Sip a bloody mary or mimosa while your pup enjoys a fresh bowl of water on the patio at at freestyle food + drink (660 N. State St.). While you enjoy delicious entrees, including brunch bites such as the Fromage Blanc + Eggs and Chilaquiles, or shareable dinner selections such as Firecracker Chicken Wings or Seared Pepper Crusted Tuna, your dog will be treated to savory dog biscuits.
At Big Star (1531 N Damen Ave.) in Wicker Park, you can enjoy tacos, margaritas, and your dog's company. The puppy-friendly patio seats 80 and is a popular spot for dog-owners and their pups. Ice-cold water bowls are available on request.
For a cold brew, bring in your dog and belly up to the bar at South Loop spot Vice District Brewing (1454 S. Michigan Ave.). YES we said "bring in" because this Chicago brewery actually let's you bring them inside and hang out with the locals. Cheers to that!
Posh Chicago pups and their kitty friends shop at Barker and Meowsky (1003 W. Armitage Ave.) in Lincoln Park. This distinctive paw firm offers all the top-of-the line products your pet craves. including the latest in pet couture and home décor. Breed-specific gifts mean you'll find exactly the gift you need for your favorite furry friend.
If your dog loves and adventure, bring her aboard the 75-minute Seadog Cruises, a banana yellow speedboat that jets off from Navy Pier, speeds along the lakefront, then zips down the Chicago River. This fast and furious boat ride promises thrills and lots of laughter for both dogs and their humans. Tickets for the River & Architectural Tour start at $33.95 for adults. Dogs cruise FREE!
For more dog-friendly, outdoor attractions in Chicago, check out the action along the Lakefront Trail, combine exercise and sightseeing at Chicago's prettiest parks and gardens, or hit up the off-leash Montrose Beach, a favorite Chicago beach with an enclosed area dedicated just to dogs.