When you travel with dogs, either across the country or to a neighborhood in the city, you always wonder how “dog friendly” it will be. No matter how much you love your four-footed friend or how well-behaved they may be, people in some places simply don’t see dogs the way you do. So, it is great when you wander into someplace new and realize they like dogs as much as you do.
Chicago’s Wells Street Art Festival
This year the Wells Street Art Festival took place on June 11th and 12th, and you guessed it, on Wells Street. Artists from a wide variety of media packed Wells from North Ave to Division Street. From apparel to prints, paintings to sculptures, wood carving to ceramics, and more, there is something for everyone. If you didn’t get to the festival this year, make a point to go next. It is well worth it for the many artists alone. But there is more…
On stage, there was live music. In the street, food vendors from around the city were serving all sorts of great treats (we picked up some pulled pork and beer). And, if you are familiar with Chicago, you won’t be surprised by the many restaurants on Wells Street with outdoor seating.
Check out the Gallary section of the website.
Dogs at the Festival
In their photos, you will see many of the artists, obviously the crowd, and not too inconspicuously, dogs. People at the festival were not just accepting of canines, they really seemed to enjoy having them around.
If you come next year and plan to bring your dog, there are some things to keep in mind (just as you would anywhere you bring your dog.)
People pack the street, so you won’t have space to avoid them. At times, it may even be difficult to avoid other dogs. Some dogs are okay with people but need a little space. If this describes your little friend, the festival may be too stressful for him or her.
While the overwhelming majority of people were great with the dogs, it was clear that some people were a bit fearful. This is understandable, as not all are comfortable around Fido. Given that the street is crowded, they may not be easily able to avoid your dog, so be sure to keep a short leash. Also, be courteous and look around as you may see someone obviously uncomfortable with dogs, and you can try to keep some distance.
Please, bring crap bags! And use them. Poop left on the ground will get passed around. There simply is no avoiding it. Aside from poop laws, it is just the right thing to do.
Bring Water just for the pooch. While you can probably get a food provider to give you water, it’s just better to be sure.
As we walked the booths, we couldn’t resist taking our own dog pics.