The Chicago Botanic Garden is dog friendly on Sat. because the Spooky Pooch Parade takes place Oct. 19, 2013 (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.). The Spooky Pet Parade day is the only day of the year dogs will have an opportunity to take their humans to the Garden, located in Glencoe, according to an announcement from the Chicago Botanic Garden.
The Chicago Botanic Gardens are a lovely oasis of calm, located in the North Shore suburb of Glencoe. Dogs are usually not allowed on the grounds, but an exception is made for the Spooky Pet Parade, so dogs can accompany their owners as they enjoy the varied landscapes.
The dogs get to dress up in creative Halloween costumes for the day of fun and companionship. In addition to the parade, there will be a costume contest. Dogs will be judged in five costume categories, including Best Dog/Owner Look-alike; Best Puppy in Costume for dogs ages 1 and under; and Best Senior in Costume for dogs ages 10 and older, and Best Horticulture Interpretation. Best Costume Overall will win the grand prize. Winners receive prize packages from area pet supply shops and services.
For inspiration, see the attached picture slideshow of photos from the Chicago Botanic Garden Spooky Pet Parade of 2012.
“Our four-legged friends never disappoint. Last year we had the most handsome and beautiful dogs who dressed as a tiger, sheriff, cowardly lion, pumpkin patch, and rain forest, and many more varieties of adorable. The rain forest didn’t fool us, neither did the pumpkin patch. Our horticulture staff knew immediately that the rain forest was in the wrong temperate zone and the pumpkin patch was not at the Garden for our HallowFest event,” said Michelle Cinqui, Chicago Botanic Garden's coordinator of visitor events and programs.
Registration for the Spooky Pet Parade begins at 11 a.m. on Sat.. The parade of pooches steps off at the Esplanade at noon and winds through 12 display gardens. Judges will deliberate during the parade. The awards ceremony begins at 12:30 p.m.. Dogs are welcome to stay at the garden until 2 p.m..
The dog costume contest will be judged by Mike Caplan, weatherperson from WLS-TV (Channel 7); Jerome McDonnell, host of Worldview on WBEZ-FM; Susan Randstrom, formally from the Chicago Sun-Times; Janice Brown Gork, publisher of Chicagoland Tails magazine; and Karen Hamilton, national marketing representative for event sponsor Lagunitas Chicago. The event emcee will be Ed Curran, weatherperson for WBBM-TV (Channel 2).
The canine day will also include a vendors’ area with representatives from shelter and rescue organizations, including SitStayRead; As Good as Gold: Golden Retriever Rescue of Northern Illinois; Paws Chicago; Animal Education and Rescue; and Found Chicago. Dog-related products and services will be offered by Best Friend’s Pet Care, The Right Spot Pet Massage, Yellow Dog Treats, Dog Collar Boutique, Frames by Devora and Get Boned.
Advance registration, through Oct. 18, is $19 per dog. Day of registration fee is is $25 per dog. Chicago Botanic Garden members receive $5 off each price. Registration forms and dog-gone rules are available at the Chicago Botanic Gardens/dogs website and at the Information Desk at the visitor center. Parade spectators pay for parking only.
The Spooky Pooch Parade is sponsored by Lagunitas, which began on a kitchen stove in northern California in 1993 that has grown in popularity across the country, so has their positive impact. Lagunitas is able to ensure fair prices and help provide stable income to family farms by pioneering long-term trade agreement with farmers of hops and grains. Lagunitas supports nonprofit organizations around the country.
Admission to the Chicago Botanic Garden is free. Select event fees apply. Parking is $25 per car for non-members, but is free for Chicago Botanic Garden members.
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