Chicago Dog Show, Meet Thousands of Canines
International Kennel Club of Chicago Dog Show is January 30, January 31 and February 1 at McCormick Place (2301 S. Lake Shore Drive). Listen HERE, WGN Radio, Steve Dale’s Pet World, to a conversation about what the show is all about with Show Chair Susan Olsen.
The dog show part – conformation, where dogs are judged – features some of the nation’s top dogs. What’s more the IKC dog show is one of the few benched shows left, which means you can meet the participants. It’s like going to a Blackhawks hockey game and getting to talk with Patrick Kane. You can meet the various dogs, and speak to breeders, everything from Affenpinscher to Yorkshire Terrier. There are various breed specific rescue groups that will be there too.
Among the many activities, World Canine Freestyle Organization, folks who dance with their dogs. It’s all choreographed! And pioneer dog dancing lady, Patie Ginger Ventre will be there herself. (Ventre dances into the WGN studio on February 1, 6:35AM CDT).
Another event is Thunder Tunnel. Rally and obedience demonstrations occur throughout the day.
Hundreds of vendors will be selling everything from dog books to dog stamps to dog toys, to dog statues to dog treats to anything else you can imagine that’s dog-related.
On Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m., I’ll be announcing the freestyle event, where folks dance with their dog.
On Sunday afternoon, I announce the group competition and Best in Show event.
Saturday January 31 and Sunday February 1: Tickets – Adults $20 (1 day) – $25 (2 days)
Seniors $12 (1 day) – $17 (2 days) Children under 12 are free.