2017 Dog-Friendly Chicago Events

February 10, 2017

With over 20 dog-friendly parks in Chicago and a plethora of shopping and dining venues that are open to dogs, it’s no wonder that there are a number of different dog-friendly festivals and events throughout the year.  Check out what each new month will bring, and get in some extra socialization for you and your dog this year!

 

May

The Anti-Cruelty Society’s 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

PAWS Chicago’s 5K Walk/Run
Sunday, June 4 — Montrose Harbor (Grove 16)
Supports programming and events in Andersonville
“PAWS Chicago’s 5K Walk/Run welcomes athletes and animal’s lovers of all ages and experience levels. You can register as an individual, join a team or start your own team! The registration price includes your race entry, live entertainment, snacks, giveaways and much more! Walk or run for their lives and register today!”

Midsommarfest
Weekend of 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
Weekend of 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.”

July

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.”

August

Edge Fest
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! New this year will be a Pet Parade on August 5!”

Chicago Hot Dog Fest
Weekend of August 11 – 13 — Lincoln Park (Clark & LaSalle)
“Chicago Hot Dog Fest hits the core of our food-loving city’s love affair with the ubiquitous, multi-faceted, encased meat—the hot dog. Held just steps from, and benefitting, the Chicago History Museum, it has all the ingredients of an exceptional summer event. Leashed dogs welcome and encouraged to stop by the Museum tent to take home a souvenir, cool off with a drink and grab a treat!”

Bucktown Arts Fest
Weekend of August 27 & 28 — Holstein Park
“Chicago’s volunteer-run arts fest, where all proceeds go to fund arts education.”

September

CSBarks Dog Festival
Sunday, September 10 — Carol Stream, IL
“CSBarks is the Carol Stream Park District’s annual dog festival, and one of the largest dog festivals in the Chicago suburbs. Join thousands of dogs from the area who bring their owners for a day of four-legged fun. Entry is free! Friendly, leashed and vaccinated dogs (and their owners) are welcome. CSBarks is held at Carol Stream Town Center (Gary Ave & Lies Rd), in Carol Stream, 30 miles west of Chicago.”

October

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.”

Windy City Paws is a Chicago dog walker committed to offering great information for dog owners in Chicago. 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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