Chicago is Great City for Traveling with Pets
Traveling with pets in Chicago? My kind of town… Chicago is. Or so my Labrador Retriever tells me. And can you blame her? Lake Michigan is one big swimming pool to my water dog. Lincoln Park and the wide avenues to stroll down are a dog’s delight. The dog friendly nature of Midwesterners are a draw for both human and canine alike. Dogs and humans have reason to rejoice, as some of the best hotels Chicago has to offer are dog friendly! Our directory of hotels can give you most of the deets (details for those not familiar with the slang term), but we’ll highlight a couple of key locations below as well as other paws-itively fantastic things you and your four legged best friend can do together while visiting Chicago.
The Palmer House (now a Hilton hotel) is a legendary Chicago hot spot known for its history and luxury. Stepping into the Palmer House is like going back in time. But who knew they were also super dog friendly? Two dogs of 75 lbs or less are permitted for a fee of $50 per stay. Guests with hounds are asked to use the service elevator – but really for such a genteel location, that’s no big deal at all. Also, pets should be in doggie day care or kenneled while rooms are being cleaned. Of course, guests have the option of declining maid service at times when their pup is alone in the hotel room, which is also a greener choice.
The Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers is also one of the better pet-friendly hotels with the typical caveat of dogs not being left in the rooms while you’re out exploring the city. Of course the hotel’s concierge can offer suggestions on kennels and doggie day care, but instead why not hit the beach with your dog? Montrose dog beach charges a $5 tag fee but is an off-leash beach at the northwest corner of the beach. Free parking and tons of joyous dogs romping in the surf make this one doggone cool location to hang out with your dog while you’re visiting Chicago.
Other ideas for fun times with your hound in Chicago include horse and carriage rides, boat tours on Lake Michigan and the Chicago River and a stroll along Navy Pier – all of which are dog friendly. The Chicago White Sox even have an annual “Dog Day” game every spring. Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain and the 18 mile Lakefront Trail are all dog friendly. Chicago also boasts a number of dog-friendly outdoor cafes and bars. Chicagoans sure know how to treat their dogs like they are man’s best friend, making this amazing city a fantastic destination for you and your dog. Make sure to visit our Chicago Travel Guide – the travelers dreambook for pet travels.
Remember, booking early is essential when traveling with pets. See what’s available today so you get the best deals. Start your search for pet friendly hotels in Chicago here. Then sit back and think of all the fun things you can do when you get there!