Chicago pet owners are notorious for treating their furry companions with over-the-top respect, showering them with love and affection. So it's certainly no surprise that the city's overflowing with parks, spas and boutiques designed just for them. If you're one to travel with your best friend beside you, you'll find plenty of activities in which you may participate together or you can allow him/her to make new furry friends.
Foster Dog Beach. The intimate Edgewater facility is a great setting for smaller dogs, and most owners are from the neighborhood. The busiest hours are in the morning. It's .29 acres or 12,480 square feet. 5200 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Montrose Dog Beach. The city's first-ever off-leash beach, Montrose Dog Beach is free and open during regular Chicago Park District hours. The largest dog beach is volunteer run by dog enthusiasts, which helps to keep it clean and safe for all. It's 2.76 acres or 120,000 square feet and located on the northwest corner of Montrose Beach (the point closest to the city). 610 W. Lawrence Ave.
NOTE: Check out Chicago's Dog Parks: What You Need to Know Before You Go and Vet Advice on Chicago Dog Parks, so you're sure you understand Chicago's rules governing these parks.
Bull & Bear. Head to this patio with your pup for plenty of people watching, plus a few bites for yourself. You can dig into B&B's signature burger or griddled salami sandwich as Fido drinks from a bowl of complimentary water. 431 N. Wells St., 312-527-5973
Fido To Go. The doggy-focused food truck frequents the dog parks and beaches, plus street festivals. You'll find gluten-free treats, and also cookies, froyo and doggy ice cream.
Joe's Bar. Patio season is especially great for those with dogs because they're allowed to bring them along for the Wednesday night doggy happy hour, from 5 to 9 p.m. Dogs get water and treats as humans consume craft beer and an opportunity to check out local pet vendors. 940 W. Weed St., 312-337-3486
Nellcôte. The glamorous West Loop hangout now encourages fashionistas to bring along their yappiest pals during the weekend. "Bone Appetit!" happens 3-5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday with a special patio "fur parents" menu offering signature pizzas, salads and light bites. Furry kids may indulge in dog treats, store coupons and even dog bowls (guests may take these home). 833 W Randolph St., 312-432-0500
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park. Two fantastic packages caught our eye from this stately property, a private helicopter tour for two and Bark Near the Park, which caters to four-legged hotel guests. It includes overnight canine accommodations, two hours of dog sitting, toys, treats and a full dog-friendly a la carte dinner menu with items like rotisserie chicken and poached Atlantic salmon. The hotel also has a dedicated “Dog-cierge” on staff to recommend all the hottest pet friendly spots in the city.
The package includes a pet-cleaning fee. 200 N. Columbus Dr., 312-565-8000
Hotel Allegro. The downtown theater district hotel caters to pets in the grandest manner. Not only will it accept dogs, cats and birds, but it will also allow any number of pets with no weight restriction. Guests aren't charged a fee either, and complimentary amenities include treats upon arrival, plastic pick-up bags, and food and water bowls for use during stay. Advance notice is required, however, for paid services such as pet sitting, walking, limousines and massages. 171 W. Randolph St., 312-236-0123
Hotel Monaco. Book the "Pets in the City" package to receive use of a pet bowl and bed, pet massage book, and a pet goodie bag with water, snacks and a leash. Five dollars of your room rate goes to a local no-kill animal shelter. Guests must also sign a waiver accepting full responsibility for any damage or extra cleaning costs. 225 N. Wabash Ave., 312-960-8500
Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center. For guests staying one to six nights, a $75 non-refundable pet fee will be administered. Guests staying seven to 30 nights, a $75 non-refundable pet fee, plus an additional $100 cleaning fee will be administered. A maximum of two dogs per room are permitted. Only dogs weighing 50 pounds and under are permitted; two dogs may be allowed in a guest room, provided the combined weight of both dogs does not exceed 75 pound; the pet fee encompasses this and pets exceeding are at the hotels discretion.
All pets must be housebroken. 5225 S. Harper Ave., 773-752-5300
Loews Chicago Hotel. The luxury Streeterville property warmly welcomes furry friends upon arrival with a name tag, bowl, and special treats from Bark Avenue Bakery. Additional amenities include a "pet in room" sign, pet beds, litter boxes, scoopers, scratching posts, special gourmet room service pet menus and other pet accessories. The hotel also offers pet-sitting and pet-walking services. 455 N. Park Dr., 1-800-23-LOEWS
Palmer House Hilton. While the Palmer House doesn't have an array of pet services outside of a limited number of pet bowls and beds for use, it's an attractive destination for folks traveling with a larger breed of dog--up to 75 pounds. There's a $75 non-refundable "pet service fee." 17 E. Monroe St., 312-917-1707
Virgin Hotels Chicago. The world's first-ever Virgin hotel is located in downtown Chicago, and positions itself to be a "lifestyle" experience. The property features dog-friendly chambers equipped with dog beds. 203 N. Wabash Ave., 855-946-6600
W Chicago-Lakeshore. The hotel allows dogs and cats up to 40 pounds, and pamper them with pet toys, a pet bed and a "turndown treat." A $25 per night charge is added on top of the regular room rate and there's a $100 cleaning fee per stay. 644 N. Lake Shore Dr., 312-943-9200
W Hotel Chicago City Center. This W location offers the same pet policy as its sister property, but they sweeten the deal by also offering pet sitting, dog walking, and pet grooming services. 172 W. Adams St., 312-332-1200
Dog-a-holics. The Southport Corridor’s very dog friendly, which is why you’ll find treats and bowls of water outside most shops. Dog-a-holics takes the pooch pampering to the next level by offering everything canine-related, from stylish threads to comfortable beds. The boutique also features special packages for owners truly obsessed with their pets. Get all the dogs in the neighborhood together for “yappy hour” celebrations ranging from $100 to $350. And the dog who’s too fabulous for a common dog house can have his/her very own custom-designed “mansion” for $10,000.
3657 N. Southport Ave., 773-857-7600
Tails in the City. The Gold Coast boutique sells luxury merchandise for cats and dogs. In addition to apparel, the store carries pet carriers, small dog totes fabric and leather dog collars, harnesses and leashes, dog beds, plush dog toys and gourmet dog treats. The store donates a portion of proceeds to PAWS Chicago (Pets Are Worth Saving) and The Anti-Cruelty Society. One E. Delaware Pl., 800-266-1118
DSPA GROOMING. The Roscoe Village spa offers a number of premium a la carte options for dogs and cats, including de-matting, teeth brushing, nail trimming, ear cleaning, de-shedding treatments and blueberry facials. 2211 W. Roscoe Ave., 773-935-2856
Streeterville Pet Spa & Boutique. The high-end boutique and full-service spa is close to many of the city's top hotels such as the W Chicago-Lakeshore and Sheraton Chicago. Many of the products used in the spa may be bought in the boutique. 401 E. Ontario St., 312-787-7792