Soar Into Fun: Your Dog-Friendly Chicago Weekend

You’re determined to make the most out of every Chicago summer weekend, and we can help! Leash up pup, pack the sunscreen and poop bags, and get ready for fun because we’ve found the best things to do, sniff, and explore this weekend in Chicago.

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1. Chicago Air and Water Show

North Ave. Beach, Chicago
Saturday-Sunday, August 20–21, 10 a.m.–2p.m. 

The idea of flying with a dog can be scary—but watching the Chicago Air and Water Show is just plane fun! This free event packs a crowd so pupare to get there early. You can watch while walking the lakeside, grab a spot on the beach, or even head up to Montrose Beach for a less noisy view. 

2. Ribfest Chicago

Northcenter, Chicago
Friday, August 19, 5–10 p.m., Saturday–Sunday, August 20–21, 12–10 p.m.

We’re pawsitively drooling! Floof says you better plan one of your weekend meals to be at Ribfest. This fan-favorite event has everypup’s nose going wild for the delicious smells of BBQ with over 20 different vendors to sniff out and sample. Pawrents beware: keep an eye out for animal bones on the ground. Admission is a $10 suggested donation for individuals, or $20 for families.

3. Montrose Dog Beach Party

Montrose Dog Beach, Chicago
Saturday, August 20, 3–4 p.m. 

The Northwestern University Postdoctoral Association is hosting a party at Montrose Dog Beach this weekend! Dogtorates not required. Let your dog roam, network, and meet new furiends. This party is free but you can RSVP here.

4. Sundays on State

The Loop, Chicago
Sunday, August 21, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Get ready for some tail-waggin’ fun! You haven’t missed your chance to attend Sundays on State, but with only two dates left this year you better point your paws there this weekend. Sit and stay for art, culture, active recreation, food, drinks, shopping, and local attractions. Did we mention food? There’s gonna be LOTS of food.

Don’t have a dog already? Get a heckin’ dog!

Sniff out these local adoption events happening this weekend to meet your new slobbery soulpup.

PAWS Chicago

  • Our friends at PAWS are hosting a pup pop-up on August 20 from 12–3 p.m. at Cube Park at Westfield Old Orchard Mall. Whether you’re actively looking, fluff-curious, or just hoping to pet a pup, this event is for you! 

Sniff out more events on our calendar and submit your own events here. And don’t furget to tag us @SidewalkDog in pics of your tail-waggin’ weekend!

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