Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control and the Greater Chicagoland Chapter of Canine Companions for Independence celebrate Dog Days on the Chicago River now through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
Throughout the weekend, vendors will be having a variety of specials to support both of these organizations as well as providing dog treats and water bowls for dogs visiting the Riverwalk this weekend.
Pet activities include:
• Pet Photo Booth: McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum at the Michigan Avenue Bridgehouse where Fun Loving Photo Booth is setting up pet portraits! People and their pets can get their portrait taken on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
• Canine Cruise: Mercury Sightseeing Boats has a Canine Cruise which departs from the Riverwalk, at 10:15am every Saturday and Sunday. Mercury’s Canine Cruise, Chicago’s original cruise for dogs, welcomes all well-behaved and leashed canines aboard for the 90-minute lake and river tour with lively commentary about dog-friendly Chicago. Cruisers will enjoy the cool lake breeze in their hair (and fur) aboard the Skyline Queen.
Onboard canine amenities include large bowls of fresh water and a newspaper-lined restroom.Tickets are available for advance purchase online at www.chicagocaninecruise.com or daily at the Mercury Cruises’ dockside ticket office. Canine Cruises continue on weekends until October 4, 2015. Mercury will donate proceeds from all Canine (dog) tickets on Sunday to Canine Companions.
• Pet Parade: To wrap up the Pet Friendly weekend on the Riverwalk, pet owners are invited to meet at noon on Sunday, August 30 and parade from the Mercury dock. Staley da Bear and Tommy Hawk will serve as Grand Marshals! All participants of the pet parade will be entered to win free tickets for humans/dogs aboard Mercury’s Canine Cruise. The parade route will go from the Mercury dock at Michigan Avenue on the Riverwalk and proceed east to the Island Party Hut located at 355 East Riverwalk South.
• Pet Competition: pets and their owners can participate in dog competitions at the Island Party Hut.