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The dog days of summer are here but so are the pool days and the game days. Find ways to cool off and enjoy August.
Who let the dogs out? Everyone! In Chicago, furry friends and their humans are welcome at a number of places around town. So next time bring Fido with you to these places that get two paws up. (1) DineAmic Group recently launched their Puppy Patio Menu with dogfriendly entrees such as chicken breast, a burger patty and skirt steak as well as dairy-free Woof Cream for dessert. Find these options at Siena Tavern, Bar Siena, Barrio and Public House. (2) Montrose Dog Beach is the perfect spot for dogs to cool off where they can legally go off-leash. Just pay the $5 entry fee and be sure your dog has the proper tags. (3) The Patio
at Café Brauer is another scenic spot on the grounds of Lincoln Park Zoo to catch a break with your pet. They regularly host Dog Days of Summer brunches with a puppy pool.
Let out the water works! August is notoriously one of the hottest months all year in Chicago - when you need a real cool-off, check out one of these aquatic playgrounds. (1) Great Wolf Lodge recently opened its newest $65 million lodge in nearby Gurnee with a water park, adventure park and arcade attached to the family-friendly lodging. The 80,000 square-foot indoor water park has slides, a large wave pool, toddler water play area and an outdoor oasis. (2) The Skokie Water
Playground is a quick ride on the CTA Yellow Line and is well worth it with access to five slides, a sprayground, interactive play area, lap lanes and a concession stand. (3) WhoaZone made a splash when it opened last summer at Indiana's Whihala Beach. This fully-inflatable "on water obstacle course" has four challenge levels for all skill levels and is unlike anything else in the area.
Chicago has a reputation for being a first-class sports town, and there's no better time to catch the game day action than during the summer.
(1) Chicago Fire soccer will still be playing long after the World Cup is over. Come for the thrilling game and family zone and stay for Top Chef Quickfire, the brand-new premium concession concept branded by the hit show on Bravo. (2) The Chicago Wolves are another family favorite played by the local IHL hockey team. Skates, the team's mascot, has plenty of hijinks and prizes planned in between periods.
(3) The Chicago Dogs are the newest local team, part of an indie baseball league, that plays at a brand-new stadium in Rosemont. Tickets are very affordable and often include extras including firework nights, concerts and meet and greets with players.