Bark in the Park
Sunday, May 21 — Soldier Field
5K Walk/Run supporting The Anti-Cruelty Society
“Enjoy sweeping skyline views as you stroll along Chicago’s famous lakefront path surrounded by fellow animal lovers and their canine companions. The walk will be followed by a morning and afternoon of fun activities such as canine agility courses, product samples from small business sponsors, dog massages, a pawdicure spa, caricature drawings, arts and crafts, relay races, family friendly activities, souvenir photos, and a 50/50 cash raffle.”
June 9, 10 & 11 — Andersonville (Clark & Foster)
Supports programming and events in Andersonville
“Midsommarfest is the annual street festival along Clark Street from Foster to Catalpa for two days and three nights of music, dancing, kids’ entertainment, and delicious food.”
Pilsen Food Truck Social
June 10 & 11 — Pilsen (18th Street & Allport)
Supports the Illinois Food Truck Owners Association, Pilsen’s Saint Procopius Church food bank and soup kitchen, and other local non-profits.
“A delicious weekend of mobile eats and live beats! Well behaved dogs on leashes are welcomed with dog treats for purchase at the dog food truck Fido To Go.”
Pet Fest / West Fest
Weekend of July 7, 8 & 12 — Chicago Avenue (Between Damen & Wood)
Supports Local Animal Shelters
“Pet Fest is an area within West Fest featuring pet related vendors and sponsors, dog activities such as obstacle courses, bathing pools, and mobile grooming for charity.”
PAWS Chicago 15th Annual Beach Party
Thursday, July 20 — Castaways at North Avenue Beach
Supports PAWS Chicago
“Sip cool frozen cocktails and soak up the sun, as the Lake Michigan waves roll in and the summer breeze fills the air. As the sun sets, dance the night away, enjoy an open bar, dinner, live and silent auctions, pet spa services, raffles and so much more.”
Weekend of August 5-6 — Edgewater (Broadway & Thorndale)
Supports the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce.
“Engage all components of your senses, especially your eyes, ears, nose and taste buds- this is not a festival for the tired. Also, get ready to see a dog costume contest! Pet owners will have the opportunity to put their four legged, tail-waggers at center stage.”
Spooky Pooch Parade
Saturday, October 21 — Chicago Botanic Gardens
“Activities include the costume contest, judging, and an awards ceremony. Nonprofits and vendors from a variety of local pet supply shops will share information and sell dog-related products.”
Whether you’re looking for an event to boost your athleticism or an event that supports a worthy cause, take advantage of these dog-friendly events Chicago has to offer!
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