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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.

Dog Days

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.

Pool Days

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.

Game Days

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.

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