It's time to spice up your best friend's life -- your dog, that is.
Chicago offers many dog-friendly activities and adventures you can enjoy with your pet by your side. Check out some of the summer events dog owners and their companion can revel in.
1. Mercury's Canine Cruise
A lot of pups love to stick their head out of a car window, wind blowing against their face and smells from all over rushing to their nose, but what's better than the breeze from a boat?
Mercury's Canine Cruise allows pet owners to bring their furry-friend on a leash while cruising along Chicago's waterways. The cruise offers a lively narration of Chicago's history and architecture with dog-friendly highlights. Dogs can sit on an owner's lap, in a seat or on the deck aboard the Skyline Queen. No need to worry about a "doggy restroom," as the cruise has newspapers lined for your pet, along with water bowls onboard.
The cruises depart Saturdays and Sundays from July 11 to October 4 at 10:15 a.m. Tickets cost $31 for adults, kids under 12 cost $11 and dog tickets cost $8.
2. Bark at the Park
Have you and your dog ever been to an MLB baseball game together? You can watch the White Sox take on the Oakland Athletics on Sept. 16 at 7:10 p.m. with your pup by your side.
Presented by AvoDerm Natural Pet Foods and Nylabone, a section of seating will be reserved for Sox fans and their pooch. A portion of the proceeds for this event generally benefit local shelters or rescues.
Paddle with your pet on a kayak at Montrose Beach, North Ave. River and North Ave. Beach. Kayak Chicago allows you to bring your water-loving dog on the kayak with you to enjoy the water together. The kayaks allow for your pup to sit or stand on the boat. A doggie life jacket is advised.
4. The 606
Most dogs love to walk, but how about a change of scenery? The 606 is a 2.7 miles of the abandoned Bloomington Trail rail line, which took over a decade to make. It is one of Chicago's newest trail and park systems that brings together art, history, and design for you and your pup to enjoy on the walk.
The 606 includes 37 bridges, 1400 trees and 200 plant species.
Take your pooch to a festival full of dog friendly activities. On Sept. 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Glen Ellyn Park District, enjoy Poochapalooza, where there will be live dog performances, demonstrations and pet-related vendors, and a dog friendly food truck. The first 500 pups will receive a goody-filled bag.