Chicago dog friendly patios: Navy Pier, Yorktown Mall among the activities you can do with furry friends
In the wake of the COVID pandemic, when a lot of time has been spent at home with pets, having some fun in the summer with your furry friends could reduce separation anxiety.
Pet expert and radio host Steve Dale joined ABC 7 Chicago’s Roz Varon to explore dog-friendly Chicago.
There is nothing like this special bond between you and your puppy.
“The neurochemicals in our brains do a happy dance when we’re with our dogs, and, for most people, that’s true even when looking at a dog,” Dale said.
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Dale joined Lola, Sassi, and Varon as they discovered dog-friendly places on and off the beaten path.
“There are so many wonderful sites in Chicago, historic places – where can you bring a dog to enjoy nature and the monument at the same time?” Nick Pullia asked, along with Navy Pier. “Navy Pier is about it, isn’t it?” “
And it’s not just the pier.
“These Seadog boats behind us accept dogs,” said Grace Fuller, general manager of City Cruises Chicago. “We like people to bring their dogs; dogs always travel for free, always. The crew are really excited; we love having them on board, the dogs love it. It is a unique experience to live with your pet! “
From boating to shopping, Yorktown Center in Lombard has been named the # 1 dog-friendly mall in America by pet travel website Bring Fido. Most stores will display a paw indicating that you can go shopping with your puppy. You can dine with your dog in restaurants with outdoor terraces, then relax in the dog lounge.
“It’s a space where dogs and their owners can come and relax, take a little break from shopping and recharge their batteries, while being on a leash,” said Emily Barack, Director of Marketing and Business. commercial development at Yorktown Center. “We have bridges and other fun activities that dogs can participate in and mingle and mingle as well.”
And don’t forget the food: The Perch Kitchen and Faucet at Wicker Park has a spacious patio that really caters to your Perch puppy.
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“We have our dog menus, our hefe-woof-zen, which is our dog beer, made with chicken broth and water. We also have the electric bowl and the pupsicles,” said Makenzie Monastero, Deputy Managing Director of Perch.
They also run themed puppy photo shoots every two months.
You can even participate in America’s favorite pastime.
“Years ago, I spoke to the Chicago White Sox,” Dale said. “I had this idea: you can attract more people to come to what was then Comiskey Park, if you let people bring their best four-legged friends.”
And the rest is history.
One final stop: the next time you go to Starbucks with your dog, be sure to ask for a Puppuccino. Puppuccino is really just a cup of whipped cream, and it’s free.
There are many restaurants in Chicago and the suburbs that allow dogs, as long as they have outdoor patios. Just ask when booking.
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