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More than ever, travelers are hitting the road with their pets because they consider them extended family members. In Chicago, pet owners are notorious for treating their furry companions with over-the-top respect, showering them with love and affection by indulging them with parks, spas and boutiques designed just for them.
Many local hotels have gotten in on the action as well, with some dedicating special programs and packages to four-legged--and in some cases two-legged--friends. There's a pet concierge at one River North property. Others offer treats upon arrival. And, of course, most provide dog-walking and pet-sitting services. Here are the Top 10 pet-friendly Chicago hotels.
The Details: Located around the corner from House of Blues, the renovated Kinzie Hotel offers many perks for its guests. Most popular is the daily continental breakfast served on each floor as well as a nightly reception with light appetizers and complimentary drinks. There's now a pet concierge and gourmet in-room doggie dining menu. Chestnut & Grace founder/chef John Nelson-Alden--who previously worked at Alinea and GT Fish & Oyster--is behind the menu, which includes banana blueberry smoothies, hand-made granola, wild Alaskan salmon, turkey veggie casserole and truffle dessert.
Pet Perks: Pets get customized welcome gift bags filled with gourmet treats, an "I Explored Chicago" bandana, chew toys, doggie spa amenities and complimentary copies of FIDO Friendly magazine and Kinzie's own "Pet Lover's Guide to the City." In the room, there are cushy doggie beds, doggie water and food bowls.
Nearby Pet Attractions: The Chicago Riverwalk is less than a block away from the hotel. Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse, which is across the street, welcomes pets on its patio during alfresco season. Harry Caray's steakburger is one of the city's best.
Room Rates: $136-$508 per night
Address: 20 W. Kinzie St., 312-395-9000
The Details: One of the hottest luxury properties right off the famed Magnificent Mile shopping district is Conrad Chicago, which boasts a virtual concierge and "smart" guest rooms. Those who book one of the 12 suites get private check-in, which certainly comes in handy when arriving with a finicky Fido. In each suite is a separate living area with beautiful city views. There's a non-refundable pet fee of $100, and dogs must weigh less than 50 pounds and be fully trained.
Pet Perks: Doggy bags are available at concierge desk and guests may request dog walkers and grooming services.
Nearby Pet Attractions: The hotel offers a private Fisker luxury house car for complimentary drop-off service within a two-mile radius, which includes Oak Street and North Avenue beaches.
Room Rates: $226-$436 per night
Address: 101 E. Erie St., 312-667-6700
Kimpton Hotel Chicago Allegro
The Details: The downtown theater district-based Kimpton Hotel Chicago Allegro 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. Advance notice is required, however, for paid services such as pet sitting, walking, limousines and massages.
Pet Perks: Guests aren't charged a fee and complimentary amenities include treats upon arrival, plastic pick-up bags and food and water bowls for use during stay.
Room Rates: $114-$360 per night
Address: 171 W. Randolph St., 312-236-0123
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
The Details: Fairmont Chicago's "Bark Near the Park" program 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 package includes a pet-cleaning fee.
Pet Perks: The hotel also has a dedicated “dog-cierge” on staff to recommend all the hottest pet-friendly spots in the city.
Nearby Pet Attractions: Maggie Daley Park is in walking distance.
Room Rates: $155-$419 per night
Address: 200 N. Columbus Dr., 312-565-8000
The Details: Claridge House Chicago has a special menu just for dogs, offered at the hotel's Juniper Spirits & Oysters. Choose from the SharDognay, MalBark, HeifenWoofen or DogPerignon dog-inspired cocktails.
Pet Perks: Book the Dog Friendly Package, which includes a late checkout, two doggie cocktail drinks, a doggie gift bag and a waived pet-fee (normally $75).
Nearby Pet Attractions: The best feature of this hotel is the location. You'll be able to walk your dog in a beautiful Chicago neighborhood, taking advantage of the local Farmers Market on weekends as well as dog-friendly restaurants where you and your pooch can dine alfresco.
Room Rates: $154—$394 per night
Address: 1244 N. Dearborn Pkwy., 312-787-4980
Kimpton Gray Hotel
The Details: Financial District newcomer Kimpton Gray Hotel boasts a 24-hour fitness center and is only minutes away from the trendy West Loop neighborhood and Chicago Theater District. Upon check-in, your pet is greeted by name and there's no additional charge or deposit to house them. There's also no limit on how many pets you bring. No weight limit either.
Pet Perks: Guests may request courtesy bags for walking the dog, plus amenities like plush pet-bed loaners, food, water bowls and mats. Pets are also welcome to join the party during the hotel's nightly wine reception happening 5-6 p.m.
Nearby Pet Attractions: Take Fido on a stroll to view Chicago's famed architecture.
Room Rates: $127-$418 per night
Address: 122 W. Monroe St., 877-771-7031
Roscoe Village Guesthouse
The Details: Not too far from the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field and Southport Corridor is Roscoe Village Guesthouse, which features 18 suites equipped with a Jacuzzi, fireplace, and full kitchen with granite and stainless steel appliances. The guesthouse, which is one of the most highly rated bed and breakfast destinations in Chicago, welcomes one pet up to 50 pounds for an additional fee of $20 per night, plus $100 per stay. Guests traveling with pets must call prior to booking to verify availability of a pet-friendly room.
Pet Perks: There is plenty of room for your pet to roam around.
Nearby Pet Attractions: Wiggly Field Dog Park (2645 N. Sheffield Ave.) and Logan Square Dog Park are nearby.
Room Rates: $197-$348 per night
Address: 2104 W. Roscoe St., 877-411-3436
Virgin Hotels Chicago
The Details: The world's first-ever Virgin hotel is located downtown, and positions itself to be a "lifestyle" experience. Pets stay free with no size or breed restrictions.
Pet Perks: The property features dog-friendly chambers equipped with dog beds, plus dogs get a Virgin-branded bandana, doggie treats and water dish.
Nearby Pet Attractions: Grant Park and Maggie Daley Park are in walking distance.
Room Rates: $146-$421 per night
Address: 203 N. Wabash Ave., 855-946-6600
The Details: W Chicago-Lakeshore's P.A.W. (Pets Are Welcome) program allows dogs and cats up to 40 pounds and pampers them with toys, pet bed and "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.
Pet Perks: The concierge will be at your service to arrange dog-sitting or dog-walking services, veterinarian, grooming services or birthday cakes.
Nearby Pet Attractions: Oak Street and North Avenue beaches are directly across the street from the hotel.
Room Rates: $123-$610 per night
Address: 644 N. Lake Shore Dr., 312-943-9200
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago
Pet Perks: Guests have use of a pet bowl and bed, pet massage book and a pet goodie bag with water, snacks and a leash.
Nearby Pet Attractions: The Chicago Riverwalk is less than a block away from the hotel.
Room Rates: $130-$414 per night
Address: 225 N. Wabash Ave., 312-960-8500