Pet-Friendly Chicago Hotels

by Tricia Chaves

Chicago is a popular locale among dog-loving residents and tourists for its pet-friendly attitude and ample green space. The local park district publishes a list of close to 20 public areas where your dog can play, and a handful of restaurant patios accept four-legged customers -- so book your room, pack your leash and get ready for a good time in the Windy City.

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Airport

The Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport, located in Terminal 2, offers a convenient solution for travelers with pets -- day use rooms. Don't suffer a layover or risk getting stuck in traffic on your way to the airport; for a price discounted from the nightly rate, your pet can stretch its legs while you relax on a cushy leather chair from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Overnight guests with pets are welcome too. You can enjoy a pre- or post-flight meal in-suite or at one of four on-site restaurants: a deli; a sports bar; Andiamo, which serves American contemporary cuisine; or the Gaslight Club, a 1920s-period lunch and dinner destination.

Downtown

The Hotel Monaco sits just steps from Chicago's Magnificent Mile. You can arrange a pet massage or dog walking service on the hotel's website. The Pets in the City package includes pet bowl and bed rental, pet massage book and gift bag with water, treats and a signature Kimpton leash. Energizing rooms have green- and yellow-striped walls offset by bold cherry headboards. If you're taking a stroll in the area's bustling shopping district, check out Bobbi Panter specialty natural grooming products and the upscale Tails in the City designer pet boutique.

Gold Coast

Just let the staff at the Indigo Hotel know your pet of 40 lb. or less will be joining you on your trip and a dog bed, bowls and toys will be waiting when you arrive for a $75 nonrefundable fee per stay (as of November 2010). The hotel's planned Golden Mean design technique incorporates outdoor elements to create the perfect aesthetic balance found in nature. Guest quarters evoke the feeling of home with overstuffed furniture, sheer curtains and a mixed blue color palette. On-site eateries include The Golden Bean and Phi Lounge. The hotel is less than three miles from Wiggly Field, a leash-free dog park.

Lincoln Park

The four-star Sofitel Chicago Water Tower in the tree-lined Lincoln Park neighborhood welcomes your pet. You can choose from superior or luxury rooms or one of three suite options. The hotel's glass facade was designed by French architects. Modern interiors have impressive touches like exclusive Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chairs. Café des Architectes serves French cuisine on-site nightly. While out in the neighborhood, between stops at the organic Green City Market or for a blues or comedy set, look for the Three Dog Bakery on North Halsted Street. Joe's Sports Bar on West Weed Street not only welcomes dogs on its patio; the bar and eatery occasionally throws Doggie Happy Hour events.

About the Author

Tricia Chaves began her writing career after working in advertising and promotions for entertainment publisher "The New Times." In 2005, she earned her real-estate salesperson license from the state of Ohio and certification for leasing and property management from the Northeast Ohio Apartment Association. She was certified as a life and weight-loss coach and master practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming in 2011.

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