With over 20 different dog parks, 53 pet-accepting restaurants, and a beach dedicated to off-leash dog fun, Chicago is truly an animal lover's haven. For a retiring senior who may require assisted living or nursing home care, being able to keep their pet with them could mean the difference between a happy retirement and misery. With over 38 pet-friendly nursing home and assisted living facilities to choose from, it's a comfort to see a city so devoted to our furry friends.
While the Windy City isn't warm all year round, they know how to make the most out of the good weather when they have it. Montrose Dog Beach is an attractive setting for dog owners, as it provides a leash-less beach, free parking, and the Docks at Montrose bar. It's carved out of a corner of Montrose Beach and is wheelchair accessible. A $5 yearly fee to purchase a DFA or Dog-Friendly Area tag for your dog is mandatory, but it gives you access to other DFA locations in the city, so it's well worth the expense.
Mercury Caine Cruise and Seadog Cruises at Chicago’s Navy Pier are fun boating expeditions you can do with your pet. Mercury Caine will take you on a tour of the Chicago coastline, pointing out parks, restaurants, and hotels are that are paw-friendly. Seadog Cruises offer both tours and speedster runs to enjoy with your pup. Additionally, pet owners who bring their animals get a discount on admission, and pets are free.
If you’re more of a cat person, Lady Gregory’s is a fabulous Irish bar and restaurant. Named after Lady Augusta Gregory, a Victorian-era widow who shunned conservative ideals towards art and creativity, the restaurant strives to keep her spirit alive. On the restaurant patio, cats and dogs are welcome to sit and people-watch Carter Square with you while you enjoy a meal or have a good Irish Whiskey. For those who prefer wine, Stellar Wine Company offers private tours and wine-tastings that you can schedule with your pet to keep you company.
The White Sox stadium hosts Bark at the Park twice a year. It’s a fun, enjoyable day of taking your dog with you to watch a White Sox game. Your pup will be given a special admission ticket, will be able to enjoy comfort stations throughout the stadium, and will receive a special treat from the event sponsors. Tickets go fast, so you’ll want to keep an eye on their website.
If you’re the sort of person who loves to spoil your pet, you’re in luck. Tails in the City is a posh designer store for your dog, ranging from dapper clothing to luxury beds. Pets are, of course, allowed inside the store. The Happy Husky Bakery is another store designed specifically for your dog’s enjoyment. Treat your dog to a delicious canine ice cream sundae while lounging on their sidewalk seating area, or order some tasty baked goods designed specifically with dog and cat needs in mind. They also have an online store and offer consultations for your pet’s specific health requirements.
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