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Talk of the Town: June 2019

Mark.Miles By
Mark Miles
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Sit. Stay. Summer

Warmer weather finally has us ready to stop chasing our tails! This month we’re digging into the world of our favorite four-legged friends, from the best patios to grab a bite with Fido to unique ways to help out local animals in need.

All Dogs Welcome | Designing a Pet-Friendly Home | Give Back

All Dogs Welcome

Looking for a dog-friendly bar or restaurant? Spend some time with your furry friend at one of these popular Chicago spots this summer!


1. Saint Lou’s Assembly 664 W Lake St
2. Nellcôte 833 W Randolph St
3. Formento’s 925 W Randolph St
4. The Spoke & Bird 205 E 18th St
5. Lo Rez Brewing and Taproom 2101 S Carpenter St
6. Antique Taco 1000 W 35th St
7. The Promontory 5311 S Lake Park West
8. Somerset 1112 N State St
9. Juniper Spirits & Oysters 1244 N Dearborn Pkwy
10. The Patio at Cafe Brauer 2021 N Stockton Dr
11. Mott St 1401 N Ashland Ave
12. Big Star 1531 N Damen Ave (also 3640 N Clark St)
13. Broken English 2576 N Lincoln Ave
14. Ludlow Liquors 2959 N California Ave
15. Begyle Brewing Company 1800 W Cuyler Ave
16. Lady Gregory’s 5260 N Clark St
17. Cellars Bar & Grill 5900 N Broadway St

Designing a Pet-Friendly Home

From flooring to furniture, these simple ideas will help you achieve a pet-friendly home with ease.


Durable flooring is ideal for any pet. Stone, ceramic, laminate, and concrete are easy to keep clean—not to mention cooler in warmer temps, a consideration for pets with thick or longer fur.

Hardwood floors can scratch and dent easier than laminate, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t an option for a pet-friendly home. Preserve your floors by maintaining well-trimmed pet nails, and try to avoid softer woods like pine and fir.

Have an older pet? These flooring types may be tricky to manage for a senior dog or cat, so investing in area rugs or mats are a must.

Love the look of wall-to-wall carpet? Consider repositionable tiles, like FLOR, to create the style you’re after with fewer maintenance issues. These tiles can be easily removed for cleaning, and replaced without having to deal with the hassle of a whole new rug!

Think about the fabrics you choose. Velvet and chenille, while luxurious, can be a nightmare to clean. Check out easy to clean options like microfiber, microsuede, denim, canvas, or a sturdy synthetic option for any furniture you know you’re likely to snuggle up next to Fido on. Indoor-outdoor fabrics are ideal for heavily trafficked spaces, and anything that can be slipcovered will save you tons of time.

Give Back

You don’t need to be a proud pet parent to help out animals in need.  Here are some unique ways to give back to your local rescue organization or shelter.


Volunteer your time
Many shelters need help cleaning and caring for their animals, making this one of the most impactful ways to get involved.


Donate your skills
Are you handy with a camera? Shelters rely on standout photography and videography to help grab the attention of potential adopters.


Fulfill a wish list
Shelters are always in need of supplies like water and food bowls, toys, leashes, collars, and grooming tools. Donate your new or gently-used (but clean) pet products to help your local organization stay stocked.


Open your home
Fostering is not only rewarding, it’s also a great way to help a shelter from the comfort of your own home. Shelter animals get a chance to experience life with a loving family while they wait for their forever homes.

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