WCL: Pet Friendly Chicago

Urban Outsitters' Joe Giannini shares some great activities you can do with your dog as well as some great homemade treats.

Camp Dog Wood
3501 N. Southport Ave. #178
Chicago, Illinois 60657
(312) 458-9549
Camp Dogwood is located an hour from Chicago or Milwaukee, Camp Dogwood is a place where roaming off-leash, playing on a dog-friendly beach, and experiencing the joy of running with a pack are not just only encouraged...They're right on the camp schedule! The schedule is carefully designed to offer you and your dog(s) plenty of choices for each activity period, while at the same time taking into account needed time for rest and relaxation. You customize your day by deciding which activities you would like to attend, or you can "do your own thing" and take advantage of the trails, open fields, or the beach. Camp is a great environment in which to learn, so beginning level activities are always available. Camp is held in Ingleside, IL at camphenryhorner.com

Chicago Party Animals
Every Wednesday is "Fido Food Truck Wednesdays" where 15 or so food trucks gather and people bring their dogs, hang out, socialize and eat! It's held at Chicago Party Animals. Chicago Party Animals is a unique space located in the Fulton Market district of Chicago's West Loop at the corner of Fulton Market and May St. It is a converted warehouse space with nearly 2500 sq ft of space on the first floor, with an additional 2000 sq ft bonus space on the lower level.

Fido To Go
Is Chicago's premier gourmutt food truck serving hand-crafted canine cookies & doggy ice creams! You can find them out and about at the city's dog parks, beaches, and special events. They are also available to cater doggy parties and can even provide the games, activities, and photographer! It was founded by Tracy Werner and Donna Santucci in early 2011. No strangers to the doggy business, Tracy has owned and operated Natural Pet Market - A Health Food Store for Cats and Dogs in Wheaton, IL, for the past nine years and Donna is a seasoned dog and cat groomer working in the industry for the past three years. Both passionate about the health and well-being of our four-legged family members, they bring together Donna's accounting and Tracy's creative histories in a perfect blend for success.

The Canine Cruise
www.mercuryskylinecruiseline.com Dogs on Boats? Yes, bring your pooch on a leash and enjoy quality time with your dog while cruising on Chicago's waterways. This tour highlights dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, dog parks & fire hydrants. Enjoy the cool breeze in your face and fur, the Skyline Queen offers plenty of safe outdoor-seating. Dogs may choose to sit on your lap, in a seat, or on the deck. Don't worry we have one-restroom for humans and one lined with newspapers for your pet. Water bowls are also onboard. No reservations necessary. Tickets go on sale at the Mercury Box Office the day of cruise. 90 Minutes River & Lake Cruise - Departing Sundays from July 10th - September 25th, 2011 at 10am

Beck Lake Dog Park in Desplaines
This massive, 44-acre fenced dog park includes wide open fields, trails, drinking fountains, training enclosures, and even a swimming pond. Beck Lake DFA is not only for dogs, it is a place where the whole family can spend time together or enjoy a nice walk in the woods with their canine companions. A DFA is a place where people can recreate with their dogs, whether going for walks in the woods, playing a game of Frisbee, retrieving, etc. A DFA is a place that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Location: The Beck Lake Dog Friendly Area (D.F.A.), is located within the Beck Lake Forest Preserves of Cook County at East Central Road and East River Road in Glenview, Illinois (about 1 mile west of Milwaukee Ave.)

Completely created by hand, each Designer Dog Cookie and cake is a delight. Personalized for VIP Pups or special occasions, our Gourmet Assortment of treats are not only adorable and unique but healthy as well. You won't find icing and sprinkles here...just refined elegance for the sophisticated Canine in your life. We take your pet's picture and create custom treats with your pets, or your picture of choice.

Joseph Giannini graduated from Kendall College and wanted to use his culinary skills in the dog world. Each cookie is designed and created by Joseph. We use all natural local ingredients, and a ton of peanut butter!

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