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Yelp’s top 10 tail-waggin’ ways to celebrate National Dog Day in Chicagoland!

In honor of National Dog Day (August 26), Yelp teams in Chicago, Chicago ‘Burbs, and Chicago North Shore, used Yelp data to highlight 10 tail-waggin’ places to celebrate your furry best friend! From homemade treats to play spaces and grooming, there’s a little something to celebrate every breed and give them the joy they give us. *Check the business on Yelp or their website for the latest health & safety measures before visiting.

  1. Grab a pupday cake in Downers Grove, IL.

Looking for the best birthday cake for your pup? Head over to Happy Dog Barkery in Downers Grove or place an online order, because they ship to most of the U.S.! They take a natural and holistic approach to their food (dry, raw, dehydrated, canned), bones, chews, toys, and more. 

2. Make a new furry friend in Andersonville.

An Andersonville staple, Jameson Loves Danger (JLD) is more than just a pet supply outlet––it’s a community! JLD values the happiness and satisfaction of their customers (both two- and four-legged!)

3. Buy homemade healthy treats in Bridgeport!

Located in the heart of Bridgeport, Bark N’ Bites specializes in selling organic and natural foods for man’s best friend. Stop in and check out their amazing selection of homemade treats, and grab a new stylish accessory while you’re at it.

4. Enjoy outdoor play in the forest preserves of Lake Forest, IL.

Fields, trails, and puppy dog tails. Treat your furry friend to 44 acres of fenced-in, off-leash play at Prairie Wolf Dog Park in Lake Forest, IL. The swimming ponds are a fan favorite, so don’t forget to bring extra towels!

5. Enjoy outdoor play in the heart of Chicago.

It’s playtime in the middle of the city at this premier urban oasis retreat for your pup! Zen Dogs Chicago has over 6k sq ft of outdoor space, giving your bud plenty of room to run and roam, and make new friends!

6. Spoil your pal with an oatmeal bath in Aurora or Naperville, IL.

Spruce up your pup with a bath, brush, trim, and “The Works” packages at PurrFurred Pet Boutique in the Aurora or Naperville salon. Did someone say oatmeal bath? Yes that’s an add-on not to be missed!

7. Pamper your dog in Naperville, IL

From coat conditioning to hand scissoring and body trimming, Gail’s Groomerie in Naperville, IL is woman-owned and offers full-service grooming for all breeds. Gail also has more than 30 years of experience!

8. Teach your dog new tricks in Chicago.

Who ever said a dog can’t learn new tricks must not believe Anything Is Pawzible! Nothing tells your pup you love them more than teaching them a new thing or two…because treat rewards (of course!).

9. Pamper your pup in Highland Park, IL.

Do you have a furry friend that requires extra special pampering? At Grubby Puppy Dog Grooming in Highland Park, IL, Owner, Kim Mika’s dog *retreat* offers a whole host of grooming needs in a cage-free environment. She also specializes in elderly and high energy dogs with anxiety.

10. Capture a special photo moment in Evanston, IL.

David Sutton, owner of Sutton Studios in Evanston specializes in pet-centric black and white photography. He was named the best pet photographer in America by Forbes Magazine, and he’s raised over a million dollars for more than a hundred animal and human welfare agencies. Show your support of this great local business.

Want more ideas for celebrating your pup on National Dog Day? We’ve got you covered. Bookmark our Chicagoland Collection of top spots for dogs!