A Dog-Friendly Vacation
More dog destinations in Chicago
Barker and Meowsky This leading pet boutique in Lincoln Park offers treats, leashes, beds and more without the precious attitude that accompanies many such stores. Say hi to Labs Gus and Casey.
Soggy Paws If your dog is dirty from vacation, stop at one of this dog wash's four locations (self-service available at 3 p.m.). A wash includes a choice of more than a dozen types of shampoo and a hair dryer--all for around 20 bucks.
Dog parks Chicago has several recommended off-leash dog parks, including Grant Park's relatively new Bark Park and the Montrose Dog Beach. All require a Dog-Friendly Area tag, available through a visit to a Chicago-area vet. Note: Dogs are not allowed in Millennium Park. For looser regulations and more territory, try the 44-acre dog exercise area in Prairie Wolf Forest Preserve in the northern suburb of Lake Forest.