10 Pawesome Ways to Celebrate National Dog Day in Chicago

Photograph by Kaitlin Martin

Have you ever taken a walk through the city and not laid eyes on a leashed pup? National Dog Day falls on Saturday, August 26th this year, and in a city like Chicago, it’s a day that holds special significance. With a canine population that seems to rival its human inhabitants, Chicago is a haven for four-legged friends and their devoted companions. As the calendar inches closer to this tail-wagging occasion, it’s time to roll out the red carpet— or perhaps, the green grass —and celebrate our furry friends like never before.


LondonHouse Chicago presents the LH Wooftop Party, their first-ever exclusive dog-friendly event on Saturday, August 26th, from 8 to 10am! For $50 per person plus one dog, attendees can revel in complimentary morning beverages, pastries, puppuccinos, and dog treats! The event’s proceeds will be donated to PAWS Chicago, and guests can also acquire pet caricatures as a lasting memento! 

Mercury Cruises

Photo of Mercury's Canine Cruise

Celebrate National Dog Day on August 26th with Mercury’s Canine Cruise. Treat your pup to a 90-minute dog-friendly boat tour on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Enjoy open-air seating, a narrated skyline tour, and sights of dog parks and dining spots. With leashes required and water bowls provided, it’s the perfect opportunity to honor your furry friend as the breeze rustles their fur.

Lottie’s Pub

Lottie’s Pub is rolling out the red carpet for pet parents and their furry companions to celebrate ‘National Dog Day’ on Saturday, August 26th, from 12pm to 4pm. An exciting afternoon of delectable offerings awaits, featuring $3 Chicago dogs, refreshing $5 Lagunitas mason jars, crisp $5 Lone River agave seltzers, and zesty $7 Tito’s greyhounds. But the excitement doesn’t stop there – an on-site raffle will amp up the festivities, all for a great cause! The raffle’s proceeds will go towards benefiting Churchill Dog Park. Lucky winners have a shot at nabbing prizes like a coveted Lone River cooler, generous Lottie’s gift cards, and a host of other enticing surprises!

Gene & Georgetti

Mark your calendars for a special celebration at Gene & Georgetti in honor of International Dog Day! On Saturday, August 26th, from 11am to 4pm, join in on a delightful experience featuring a curated collection of dog-themed cocktails and delectable treats! As a testament to G&G’s commitment to four-legged companions, a portion of the proceeds will be directed towards supporting the remarkable mission of PAWS Chicago. So, come raise a glass (and a paw) as we toast to a heartwarming day of camaraderie and giving back!

Machine: Engineered Dining & Drink

Pup licking a Pupcup at Machine: Engineered Dining & Drink

In Wicker Park, Machine: Engineered Dining & Drink has been all about dogs this August! Their “Waggy Hour,” an event happening every Wednesday and Thursday on The Garden patio from 4pm to 11pm has been endlessly delighting patrons. Bring your furry companion to indulge in a drink, dinner, and a homemade treats from Doggy Style Pet Shop! From the Cookie, Smore, Pupcup, or the delightful Happy Barkday Cake, your pup is in for a treat-filled evening of fun and flavor.

Cody’s Public House

Cody’s Public House in West Lakeview, known for its dog-friendly atmosphere, is throwing a National Dog Day Party from 12pm to 4pm. Expect a paw-tastic time as dogs enjoy complimentary Pup Cups and treats from The Raw Butcher. During this, their human can partake in raffles benefiting Second City Canine Rescue (SCCR)! While you sip amongst Cody’s Puptail Menu, don’t forget the $5 Best Buds Brew—a dog-friendly non-alcoholic craft brew! Moreover, 50% of proceeds from the Puptail Menu will be donated to support SCCR’s vital work.

The Rambler Kitchen + Tap

Join in on the tail-wagging fun at The Rambler in North Center for their “Dog Days of Summer” bash on Saturday, August 26th, from 12pm to 4pm. Your furry friend is in for a treat with complimentary Pup Cups, doggy delights, and stylish dog swag. Get in the spirit with themed drink specials for yourself before spoiling your pup with the $5 Best Buds Brews! Weather permitting, explore The Rambler’s welcoming sidewalk patio and outdoor beer garden, where your canine companion is more than welcome!

Collage of pup + brunch food at CBR for National Dog Day


Bring your furbaby to CBR for a brunch experience on the patio from 8am to 2pm! Yes, the pups will be expected to much as well. Explore the special Brunch Bark Bites menu, with options like the Puppy Parfait, a Charcuterie Board, and even Watermelon Pupsicles! Plus, if you’re looking to expand your family, seize the opportunity to meet adoptable pups from 12pm to 2pm. Chicago Canine Rescue will be on the patio with dogs ready for adoption, offering the chance to take home a new friend!

Ina Mae Tavern

Celebrate National Dog Day at Ina Mae Tavern’s dog-friendly patio with a themed “Yappy Hour.” It will be hosted from 4pm to 6pm on August 26th! Enjoy $10 frozen cocktails and $5 High Noons while your furry friend enjoys complimentary treats. Ina Mae’s full NOLA-inspired dinner menu will also be available, featuring beignets, po’ boys, seafood platters, and more!

The Northman Beer & Cider Garden

At the Northman, every day is National Dog Day. Their beautiful patio sits right atop the Chicago River, delivering unparalleled views for you and your pup. Their end-of-season Yappy Hour Bingo party with Miss Foozie is coming soon, so click here for more information!

If you’re on the hunt for year-round tail-friendly establishments, be sure to explore CP’s Guide to Dog-Friendly Activities in Chicago!

Written by Bridget McGann

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