This weekend is Lollapalooza, so you know what that means. Traffic and crowds are gonna be RUFF. If you’re skipping the festival in lieu of grabbing your pup to hang out with your tongues out, we’ve dug up the best dog-friendly events this weekend in Chicago.
Saturday, July 30, 12–10 p.m.; Sunday, July 31, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
If you’re looking for a dog-friendly festival with great music, delicious food, and Grammable opportunities, point your nose south and head to the Chinatown Summer Fair. This two-day event starts with a lion dance procession and only gets more fun from there. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome at the festival, though organizers warn not to take them inside restaurants.
Jefferson Park, Chicago
Friday, July 29, 5–10 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, July 30–31, 2–10 p.m., $7 at gate
Get ready to howl along at Jeff Fest. This (leashed) dog-friendly music festival spans three days and is the perfect chill vibe for when you’re looking for outdoor concert vibes without the Lolla price tag. Grab a spot on the lawn with a picnic blanket a little further back for sensitive ears and enjoy the show!
This is one of the most exclusive tickets in town—and we’re not talking about a sold-out Lolla aftershow. This Sunday, Morton Arboretum is hosting one of its Dog Admission Days, and you won’t wanna miss it. Reserve tickets ahead of time and drive out to DuPage county for a day of fun in the sun. Princess will be pulling on her leash to explore all 16 miles of trails, sights, and sniffs.
4. Fetch a Beer
If fighting crowds and loud noises have you and your floof cowering in the corner, avoid downtown entirely by heading to Balmoral for a DIY beer crawl. This quiet neighborhood is just what the dogtor ordered. Start on Half Acre’s expansive patio before taking a leisurely walk over to Spiteful Brewing where man and man’s best friend are allowed inside to enjoy some A/C. If it’s not too hot, you can continue the crawl down to Empirical for a final sip at another dog-friendly brewery.
Pilot Project Brewing, Chicago
Tuesdays in August, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
Pilot Project Brewing, a beer incubator in Logan Square, is celebrating the dog days of summer all day, every Tuesday. Grab a reservation on Tock and scoop a spot on the patio. But paws before going—each week is themed for a breed of dog. If your pup falls into that category, you can score 15% off your tab (Pilot Project has beer, coffee, and tasty snacks), though all dogs are welcome. Perhaps you can turn those cash savings into a special new fluffy for your drinking buddy? Just a thought…
No pupper in your life yet? Get a heckin’ dog already!
If you live in a world without tail-wags—what a tragedy—check out this Chicago adoption event!
Aurora Animal Care & Control
- Our best buds at Aurora Animal Care & Control and the Naperville Area Humane Society are hosting an adoption event this Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. at the Chicago Premiere Outlets near Market Hall. Check it out and maybe become a furever home for a lil’ somepuppy special.
Featured photo: Brett Sayles
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