This blog post will share everything we know about pets in Chicago in full detail. Our goal is to dive deep while discussing anything you might be interested in about the subject at hand.
There is no better place to begin than a list of the best Chicago pet stores, even if we are trying to cover it all. They are likely the reason why the majority of you ended up on our site, and they should be able to help you buy puppies, kittens, toys, food, and all the supplies you could ever need.
Once they are out of the way it will be time to learn about the best local animal shelters for people who would prefer to adopt a dog, cat, or other animal. The following three sections are for local dog lovers as they will get into dog parks, puppy trainers, and dog bakeries in your region.
Then we will pivot to pet grooming spas and dog or cat cafes in your area. Pet friendly hotels and overnight boarding facilities will be up next for anyone who travels often.
Veterinarians and pet cremation services are not the happiest of subjects but at some point we all will probably need them. We would recommend that you stick around for our pets near you map at the conclusion.
By the way, anyone who is interested is welcome to look through more of our Midwest pet lovers guides at that link.
Best Pet Stores In Chicago
You can buy a new puppy or kitten or just get some new toys, food, or supplies at these best pet stores in Chicago:
- Liz’s Pet Shop at 2403 W Chicago Ave
- Your Best Friend Pet Supply at 2136 W Division St
- Jules Pet Shop at 2214 N Milwaukee Ave
- Jameson Loves Danger at 5208 N Clark St
- Kriser’s Natural Pet at 1658 N Milwaukee Ave
- Healthy Pet Store at 2620 N Farnsworth Ave, Aurora
- PetPeople at 3015 E New York St A6, Aurora
- It’s Just Puppy Love at 1218 John St, Joliet
- Happy Hound Huts at 1609 Overlook Dr, Joliet
- Earthwise Pet Supply & Grooming at 790 Royal St George Dr #111, Naperville
- Vastocean Pet Store at 1665 Quincy Ave #115, Naperville
- Siers Feed & Pet Supply at 36W514 Foothill Rd, Elgin
- Aquanexus at 1441 Timber Dr, Elgin
- Two Bostons at 34 Danada Square W, Wheaton
- Bentley’s Pet Stuff at 743 Chicago Ave, Evanston
- Follow Your Nose at 917 Chicago Ave, Evanston
- Natural Pet & Fish at 23 N Harlem Ave, Oak Park
Liz’s Pet Shop is a dog and cat-friendly local pet supply store in Chicago that provides a great range of raw foods with a focus on holistic natural care. Pet supplies, toys, treats, food, and more are available at Your Best Friend Pet Supply, which caters to both cats and dogs.
Jules Pet Shop specializes in fish, reptiles, small animals, supplies, and dog grooming. Jameson Loves Danger offers high-quality pet products with delivery services and full-service grooming.
Kriser’s Natural Pet specializes in all-natural cat and dog food and treats produced with human-grade ingredients that will keep your pet happy and healthy. They exclusively sell and provide natural pet goods and services of the greatest quality.
Numerous assortments of raw and organic foods and other supplies for dogs, cats, fishes, reptiles, birds, and small animals are offered at the Healthy Pet Store. PetPeople provides a selection of full and balanced whole food meals such as premium meat and fish to their consumers. It’s Just Puppy Love sells delectable handcrafted treats and goodies designed to meet your pet’s demands.
Indoor doghouses, customized bunny hutches, and pet bunk beds are all available at Happy Hound Huts. Earthwise has certified dietitians and nutrition specialists who assist owners in choosing the right food and treats to give their pets. Vastocean delivers a full array of supplies for both freshwater and saltwater aquariums.
Natural and organic meals, snacks, supplements, toys, and accessories for dogs and cats are offered at Follow Your Nose. Natural Pet & Fish specializes in grain-free, natural, and holistic products including a vast selection of bones, rawhides, duck feet, bully sticks, and pig ears.
In the metro area there are 9 Petco, 9 PetSmart, and 5 Pet Supplies Plus locations near you but you probably already know what those chains have to offer.
Animal Shelters & Adoption
Your local animal shelter might just be where your best new friend is waiting:
- PAWS Chicago at 1997 N Clybourn Ave
- Chicago Canine Rescue at 5272 N Elston Ave
- A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter at 420 Industrial Dr, Naperville
- Aurora Animal Control at 600 S River St, Aurora
- A.R.F.-Animal Rescue Foundation at 531 W Roosevelt Rd, Wheaton
- Pawsitive Impact Pet Rescue at 309 W Republic Ave, Joliet
The PAWS Chicago Adoption Center is a cutting-edge, cage-free no-kill shelter that annually matches over 6,000 homeless cats and dogs with loving families. Each animal that comes into the care of Chicago Canine Rescue receives medical treatment, emotional and behavioral assistance, and gets prepared to be adopted.
The A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter is a private, non-profit, no-kill animal shelter in Naperville that gives temporary refuge and care to dogs and cats that are looking for a permanent home.
A.R.F. in Wheaton commits themselves to rescuing, fostering, and caring for homeless dogs and cats as well as educating the public about pet ownership and adoption. Pawsitive Impact rescues pets, gives medical attention, and provides training, socialization, grooming, and secure shelter for animals in Joliet.
These dog parks near you will be the highlight of their day:
- Portage Dog Park
- River Park Dog Park
- Montrose Dog Beach
- Wiggly Field Dog Park
- Churchill Field Dog Park
- Hamlin Dog Park
- Grant Bark Park
- Lakeshore East Dog Park
- Whalon Lake Dog Park
Speed up their learning curve by getting lessons from these area puppy trainers:
- Found Chicago Boarding & Training Center at 4108 N Rockwell St
- Downtown Dogs Chicago at 2440 W Hubbard St
- Urban Pooch Training & Fitness Center at 5400 N Damen Ave
- Cloud K9 Academy Dog Training at 1815 Wehrli Rd, Naperville
- Woofbeach Bay at 2124 W Galena Blvd, Aurora
- BTK9 at 1322 Sundown Dr, Aurora
Dogs that require obedience training as well as dogs who require behavior modification can be trained at Found Chicago Boarding & Training Center. They are able to provide dog owners with the information they need to properly handle their pets through group training sessions and one-on-one boot camps.
Found also provides specialist boarding and daycare services for owners of challenged dogs who need a secure location to put their pet. They accept both behavioral and medically challenged dogs as customers.
Basic dog training, board and train, private classes, puppy preschool, positive reinforcement, and more are all available at Downtown Dogs Chicago. Group programs, private training, puppy classes, obedience training, agility and sport classes, dog daycare, overnight boarding, scent work classes, and more are all available at Urban Pooch Training and Fitness Center.
Group lessons, a board and train program, and fusion programs are all available at Cloud K9 Academy Dog Training who serves Naperville and the neighboring areas.
Woofbeach Bay provides training and agility courses for resolving problematic or aggressive canine behaviors. A variety of training methods including behavioral modification and private personalized lessons are offered at BTK9.
Local dog training is also available at Naperville Animal Hospital, Tucker Pup’s Pet Resort, and Pet Care Plus.
A treat from one of these dog bakeries in your area will put a huge smile on their cute little face:
- Paw Naturals at 932 W Monroe St
- Tails In the City at 1 E Delaware Pl
- It’s So Fluffy Pet Bakery at 1650 Premium Outlet Blvd #801, Aurora
- 2 Paws 4 U Pet Bakery and Treats at 1504 Essington Rd #6, Joliet
- Two Bostons at 103 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville
Paw Naturals specializes in making tasty natural foods for dogs and cats and provides the widest range of raw pet meals in the Chicagoland region. They only sell the best dry and canned dog and cat foods and natural treats.
In addition to a pet bakery with birthday cakes and seasonal cookies natural and effective vitamins, supplements, and grooming supplies are available. Their boutique has a fantastic assortment of one-of-a-kind toys, collars, leashes, beds, and other accessories. Brand sampling, Yappy Hour, Adoptions, and other activities are held at Paw Naturals on a regular basis.
Tails in the City is a high-end dog and cat boutique near you that sells meals, accessories, and they’re known for their gourmet dog treats. Their pastries and sweets are all made using natural and organic ingredients and they also sell gourmet dog treats like doggie donuts, cupcakes, cannolis, bon bons, and birthday cakes. You will also find a comprehensive range of all-natural and organic packaged dog treats and dog chew toys.
It’s So Fluffy sells pet birthday cakes and handcrafted cookies made from natural and animal friendly ingredients. Personalized cakes, biscuits, and cupcakes for your animal companions are available at 2 Paws. Two Bostons provides a selection of freshly baked pet delights and tasty treats.
To get your dog or cat looking their best take them to one of these pet groomers:
- Animal Lovers Pet Salon at 2232 N Clybourn Ave
- Grooming By Galdy at 7007 N Sheridan Rd
- Howlistic Grooming at 1258 S Halsted St
- Temple of The Dog & Meow Lounge at 2526 N California Ave
- Bark-A-Lounge Pet Salon at 657 Illinois Rte 59, Aurora
- Hairy Beast Dog Pawlour at 215 W Galena Blvd D, Aurora
- Loving Touch Mobile Dog Grooming at 701 Oakview Ave, Joliet
- Pampered Pups at 2011 Essington Rd, Joliet
- PurrFurred Pet Styling at 670 W 5th Ave #104, Naperville
- PN Dog Grooming at 521 87th St, Naperville
- The Pawber Shop at 1350 E Chicago St #18, Elgin
- Doggy Has It at 9N052 Corron Rd, Elgin
- Dognormous at 1034 College Ave, Wheaton
- Dog Barber 2 at 157 W Dundee Rd, Buffalo Grove
- Spotless Dog Wash at 121 Emerson St, Evanston
- Bubbles & Brushes for Paws at 130 Harrison St, Oak Park
In the heart of Lincoln Park Animal Lovers Pet Salon was your areas first dog and cat grooming salon to offer treatments in full view of customers. Grooming by Galdy provides a full range of exquisite grooming treatments to bring out the best in any dog or cat breed’s look and personality.
Humane bathing, tidying, and trimming are provided by Howlistic Grooming who welcomes dogs of all breeds and sizes. Special services are offered for pets who are sick, elderly, or handicapped.
In the heart of Logan Square, Temple of the Dog & Meow Lounge is a full-service grooming salon and wellness center for dogs and cats. Bark-A-Lounge offers flea baths, nail care, full haircuts, blueberry facials, and a variety of other grooming services.
Hairy Beast Dog Pawlour provides trims, nail grinding, teeth brushing, and ear cleaning. Services including warm baths, hydrating lotion, blow drying, haircuts, ear cleaning, nail filing, and anal expression are available at Loving Touch Mobile Dog Grooming.
PurrFurred Pet Styling provides expert pet grooming services including bathing and brushing, flea and tick bathing, and mobile grooming services around Naperville. High quality styling services for all breeds are offered at PN Dog Grooming.
The Pawber Shop delivers specialty services like nail polish, funky hair colors, handmade bows, and deep coat conditioning. Bathing, blowouts, ear cleaning, nail cutting, teeth brushing, pedicures, mud baths, and a range of additional treatments are available through Dognormous.
Spotless Dog Wash has a self-service grooming station and also sells a bunch of canine health and wellness supplies. Bubbles and Brushes for Paws provides nail trimming, anal gland expression, ear cleaning, and health treatments.
Local animal grooming services are also available at Jules Pet Shop, Jameson Loves Danger, Naperville Animal Hospital, Tucker Pup’s Pet Resort, Pet Care Plus, and Stay Dog Hotel.
Pet Cafes In Chicago
The Catcade at 1235 W Belmont Avenue is a cat café in Chicago that is run on a non-profit basis. Cats are not kept in cages as they get to live in our 600 sq. ft. lounge, where people may pay $15 to come and spend time playing, petting, and socializing with their rescue cats.
With the exception of their resident cat Leo, all of their cats are available. In case this wasn’t clear this is not an all pet cafe so please don’t bring a dog or other anima.
Hotels That Allow Pets
You can find a pet friendly hotel in your area at:
- Hyatt Centric Magnificent Mile at 633 N St Clair St
- Staypineapple The Loop at 1 W Washington St
- Holiday Inn O’Hare Area at 5615 N Cumberland Ave
- Chicago Lake Shore Hotel at 4900 S Lake Shore Dr
- Hotel Chicago West Loop at 1622 W Jackson Blvd
- Homewood Suites at 4320 Meridian Pkwy, Aurora
- TownePlace Suites at 1515 Riverboat Center Dr, Joliet
- Hotel Indigo at 120 Water St, Naperville
- Candlewood Suites at 1780 Capital St, Elgin
- Extended Stay America at 1525 Busch Pkwy, Buffalo Grove
- Hilton at 1710 Orrington Ave, Evanston
Pet Boarding In Chicago
These local pet boarding services should give them a good nights sleep:
- Tucker Pup’s Pet Resort at 219 N Carpenter St
- Pet Care Plus at 350 N Laflin St
- Stay Dog Hotel at 4130 N Rockwell St
- Meeow Chicago at 1765 N Elston Ave #104
- Just Like Home 4 Paws at 3052 Weber Dr #104, Aurora
- BrightDogs DogPark & DayCare at 3105 Theodore St #3105, Joliet
- Pampered Paws Dog Boarding at 3016 Caroline Dr, Joliet
- Bark Bus Depot at 1804 S Washington St, Naperville
- Rover Unleashed at 1999 Larkin Ave, Elgin
- Lap of Luxury Pet Resort at 703 Childs St, Wheaton
- Rex’s Place at 2120 Ashland Ave, Evanston
Tucker Pup’s Pet Resort is a great place for dog boarding, training, grooming, daycare, and supply shopping destination. Pet Care Plus provides high-quality daycare, grooming, boarding, training, walking, swimming, and transportation for local dogs.
Stay Dog Hotel is another very good dog boarding and daycare facility who also does grooming. Cat grooming and boarding are available at Meeow Chicago.
Just Like Home 4 Paws features a completely heated and air conditioned facility and an outdoor space for canine daycare, boarding services, superior lodgings, and play areas.
BrightDogs offers a safe and pleasant environment for boarding, daycare, and training. Another good place to try where they also accommodate special diets and dispense medications is Pampered Paws.
Rover Unleashed provides off leash group play under careful supervision with both indoor and outdoor space, overnight stays in customized rooms, and dog training.
Overnight boarding, play sessions, obedience training, and pet grooming are all available at Lap of Luxury. Rex’s Place gives off a homelike setting in which dogs learn to play, chase, stop, come, and relax.
Additional options for overnight animal boarding near you that we have mentioned in other lists on this page include Found Boarding & Training Center, Urban Pooch Training and Fitness Center, Cloud K9 Academy, Naperville Animal Hospital, and Downtown Dogs.
Best Veterinarians Near You
The best veterinary clinics in Chicago should give them the quality medical care they need:
- Wicker Park Veterinary Clinic at 1166 N Milwaukee Ave
- Village West Veterinary at 840 N Western Ave
- West Loop Veterinary Care at 815 W Randolph St
- Veterinary Emergency Group at 755 W North Ave
- Eola Point Animal Hospital at 1242 N Eola Rd, Aurora
- Essington Road Animal Hospital at 1914 Essington Rd, Joliet
- Naperville Animal Hospital at 1023 E Ogden Ave, Naperville
- Springbrook Animal Care Center at 2759 Forgue Dr, Naperville
- Bowes Animal Hospital at 2375 Bowes Rd # 400, Elgin
- Danada Veterinary Hospital at 10 W Loop Rd, Wheaton
- Animal Care Center of Buffalo Grove at 600 McHenry Rd, Buffalo Grove
- Evanston Animal Hospital at 516 Dempster St, Evanston
- Prairie State Animal Hospital at 909 S Oak Park Ave, Oak Park
- Village Veterinary Practice at 4 Walker Ave #F, Clarendon Hills
Any on that list should be able to provide standard veterinary care for animals like microchipping, vaccines, flea and tick prevention, parasite control, cremations, euthanasia, other end of life care, and basic surgical or medical procedures. Wicker Park Veterinary Clinic offers emergency and urgent treatment, full digital dentistry, travel health certifications, microchipping, and other services.
Village West Veterinary offers pet emergency services, house visits, dental work, in-home euthanasia, hospice, and elder care, as well as a mobile veterinarian service. West Loop Veterinary Care provides 24 hour emergency and urgent care in Chicago, dental and oral health care, allergy testing and treatment, and more.
Lincoln Park and the adjacent communities on the North Side are served by Veterinary Emergency Group which provides quick emergency vet treatment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Dental treatment, exotic pet care, boarding services, dog daycare, grooming services, training, and more are all available at Naperville Animal Hospital.
Eola Point features advanced veterinary medical equipment and also conducts complex surgeries. Routine checkups, emergencies, neuter surgeries, and hospitalizations are available at Essington Road. Springbrook Animal Care Center provides preventive care, complicated procedures, and companion laser therapy sessions.
Danada Veterinary Hostpital offers wellness care, immunizations, medical treatments, surgical procedures, diagnostic imaging, laboratory tests, behavioral therapies, and boarding for all types of animals.
Animal Care Center of Buffalo Grove guarantees timely and accurate diagnostic and radiographic exam results for your pets. Prairie State Animal Hospital focuses on animal wellness and nutrition including vaccinations, disease prevention, emergency treatments, surgeries, and parasite elimination.
Pet Cremation & Euthanization
- Animal Cremation Society Of Chicagoland at W Foster Ave & N Pulaski Rd
- Kozy Acres Pet Cemetery & Crematory at 8125 Farrell Rd, Joliet
- Peaceful Endings For Pets at 3900 Gabrielle Ln, Aurora
The Animal Cremation Society Of Chicagoland provides pet cremation services in both private and community settings. Pet euthanasia is also available at Village West Veterinary.
Kozy Acres provides options for private and public pet cremation as well as mementos of paw imprints upon request. Peaceful Endings offers pain free euthanasia services in the comfort of your home.
We thought you might also want a few useful links like these that show the animals that are currently available for adoption at shelters in your area. You can use this one to get a dog license online, and here is a good local lost and found pets page.
By the way we have also written about:
Have Fun With Your Pets In Chicago
After thinking about all of those pet stores in your area along with animal shelters, adoptions, dog parks, puppy trainers, bakeries, groomers, cafes, hotels that allow pets, places to board your dogs or cats, and even veterinarian or cremation services we hope you have a better understanding of the scene.
We would really appreciate it if you could let us know if you noticed anything incorrect, or if you could share your own local pet tricks and tips in the comments. Hopefully you have a great time visiting any Chicago pet stores, shelters, dog parks, or whatever places you learned about on this page.