Fun with our furry friends

If you have a family member that walks on four legs and likes to fetch sticks, you’ll have plenty of entertainment options for the whole family this summer in the suburbs and Chicago—ranked the nation’s most dog-friendly city by www.dogfriendly.com.

Cruise Lake Michigan and the Chicago River on Mercury Skyline Cruiseline’s

Canine Cruise, (312) 332-1353,

www.mercuryskylinecruiseline.com.

Newspaper-lined restrooms and water bowls are on board for dogs during the 90-minute trip. Departs at 10 a.m. each Sunday, July through September.

Hike on one of the forest preserve paths, (773) 261-8400, www.fpdcc.com. Leashes required everywhere but Beck Lake in Glenview, where dogs can run free if owners have a permit.

Take a three-mile walk with doggy treats and lots of water on the Batavia River Walk during Tails Hit the Trails May 20,

(630) 879-5235.

Rest your feet and paws on a horse-drawn ride along the Magnificent Mile with Antique Coach and Carriage Co., (773) 735-9400, www.antiquecoach-carriage.com.

Stop for a fancy French dinner at

Cyrano’s Bistrot& Wine Bar’s outdoor patio in Chicago, (312) 467-0546,

www.cyranosbistrot.com. There will be a four-course menu for dogs if the City Council passes an ordinance, currently under consideration, making it legal to serve dogs outside.

Try agility, obedience or puppy classes at Call of the Wild School for Dogs, (773) 539-1088, www.callofthewildschool.com. 

Dress up your pup and take part in the 60th annual LaGrange Pet Parade June 3, (847) 480-9500 ext. 106, www.lgpetparade.org or the Clarendon Hills Pet Parade and Costume Contest June 17,

(630) 455-0435, www.claren

don-hills.il.us.

Take a three-mile walk, with breaks for refreshments and doggy shopping Aug. 6 at Bark in Oak Park, (708) 383-0002, www.oakparkparks.com.

Round out the summer Aug. 26 at Batavia Pooch-a-palooza, (630) 879-5235, www.bataviaparks.org.

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