If you are going to be in Chicago during the next few weeks, there are a variety of huge pet shows, indoor dog play sessions and even a pet loss support group.
2010 IKC Cluster of Dog Shows
McCormick Place Lakeside
The Saturday and Sunday shows are by the International Kennel Club of Chicago (benched). This show costs $17 for adults, $10 for seniors, and free for children under 12. It will be one of the largest dog shows in America, with over 10,000 different dogs of 161 breeds. There will be benches for dog and their handlers, as well as many dog-related vendors. There will be special events and demonstrations throughout the event, including the Puppy Spectacular, Earth Dog, Canine Drill Team and Search & Rescue.
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Indoor Dog Park at K9 Playtime
There will be an indoor play session at K9 Playtime from 9:00-11:00 AM, to avoid the winter frost. Dog owners are required to stay with their dogs during the play session. It costs $10, and you must sign a waiver to use these facilities.
If you miss the morning playtime session, there is another one at the Barking Lot from 4:00-6:00 PM. They have a 30,000 square foot playroom for your dog to romp around in, away from the cold! It costs $10, and you should call in advance: 773-583-0065. Dogs must be vaccinated to play here.
Pet Loss and Grief Support Group
The Anti-Cruelty Society
March 4, 18
The Anti-Cruelty Society is offering a pet loss group, so that pet owners can enjoy a comfortable environment to share their experiences. It is a place of honesty and warmth, and meetings are conducted by a licensed therapist, Connie Stuetzer. These sessions last from 6:00-7:30 PM on the first and third Thursdays of the month. They are free of charge, but you must pre-register by calling Tammie Bouschor at (312) 644-8338 ext. 344, or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org
ChicagoLand Family Pet Expo
Arlington Park Racecourse
Arlington Heights, Illinois
This will be a large expo that will feature all sorts of demonstrations, presentations and shopping for pet owners and lovers. There will be over 300 booths of pet products and services. There will be pet toys and treats, toys, beds, treats, artwork, pet photography, pet therapy services, service dog groups, dog clothing and much more! There will also be a number of cat and dog contests and shows. Humans only.
The Friday (19th) show will go on from 11:00 AM-6:00 PM. The Saturday (20th) show will go on from 9:00 AM-8:00 PM. The Sunday (21st) show will go on from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 3-12; parking is $6.