Dog-alicious Fall Events

Big Night
Thursday, September 11, 6:30 PM to 9 PM
Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington, Chicago
More than a dozen of Chicago’s renowned chefs provide tastings of food to benefit the Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control. The evening will also include an open bar, blues by Dave Specter and the Bluebirds and a silent auction. Legendary journalist Bill Kurtis serves as the master of ceremonies. Admission is $80 per person.

Mutt Strutt
Saturday, September 13, 8:30 AM to 1 PM
Bank of America, 2163 N. Clybourn, Chicago
Chicagoland Canine Rescue Foundation holds its 5th annual fundraising walk, with events including music, food, drinks, entertainment, demonstrations and other activites. Registration is $40 per person.

Walk for the Animals
Saturday, September 13, 10 AM
Phillips Park, Aurora
The Fox Valley Animal Welfare League holds its second annual charity walk. The registration fee is $20, and people may participate with or without a pet.

Dog Wash
Saturday, September 13, 9 AM to 2 PM
C.A.R.E. Shelter, 2310 Oakton, Evanston
The Community Animal Rescue Effort holds its second Dog Wash fundraiser for the year. For $10, you can get your pooch washed and dried, and for another $10 you can get her nails clipped. All proceeds will benefit the shelter.

Responsible Dog Ownership Day
Saturday, September 13, Noon
Wolf Lake, 12800 Avenue O, Chicago
The South Side All Breed Dog Training Club hosts rescue groups, shelters, pet supply vendors and dog services for a picnic and dog celebration. The event is free.

Paws and Wine
Saturday, September 13, 3 PM to 7 PM
Wine Styles, 2445 75th St. Darien
Magnificent Mutts hosts a wine tasting fundraiser. A $20 donation covers tasting and hors d’oeurves. All the proceeds go to benefit the shelter. Tickets are available via e-mail or by calling Linda at 708-703-5047.

K9 Karnivale
Sunday, September 14, 10 AM to 1 PM
Grant Bark Park, in Grant Park, between Michigan Ave. and Columbus Dr., Chicago
It’s time for the South Loop DogPAC’s 3rd annual event, featuring games, contests, prizes, food and fun for humans and canines alike. Admission is free.

Happy Hour
Thursday, September 18, 7 PM
Irish Eyes, 2519 N. Lincoln, Chicago
Greyhound rescue group Greyhounds Only volunteers serve as bartenders for this happy hour. Unfortunately, because of space limitations, the only greyhounds present will be in the glasses. Tickets for the group’s raffle of a 1961 Corvette Roadster will be available. There is no cover, but tips will be donated to the Greyhounds Only.

Pet Loss and Grief Support Group
Thursday, September 18, 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Anti-Cruelty Society, 157 W. Grand Ave., Chicago
The Anti-Cruelty Society hosts a pet loss support group for people coping with the death of a pet. The sessions are let by Connie Steutzer, LCSW, who has 20 years experience in grief support work. The group meets on the first and third Thursday of the month and on the second and fourth Sunday from 2 PM to 3:30 PM. The group is free, but pre-registration is required for the first visit.

Golf Fore Goldens
Friday, September 19, 1 PM golf, 6 PM dinner
Chevy Chase Country Club, 1000 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling
Golf and Golden Labrador enthusiasts gather at As Good As Gold’s fourth annual golf outing and dinner. The day begins with a shotgun-start, scramble-format golf outing, followed by a dinner and silent auction. Admission for golf and dinner are $145 per person. Dinner only is $35 per person.

The Winner’s Circle Pet Fair 08
Friday, September 19, 6 PM
Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lakeshore Dr., Chicago
Canine Therapy Corps hosts a gala event, featuring dinner, drinks, silent and live auctions and dancing. Prices include dinner for seven by Table 52 chef Art Smith, a private suite box at Arlington International Race Course and a Mirival spa retreat. While it’s not a dog-friendly event, CTC dogs will be in attendance. Individual admission is $200 per person, with table prices ranging between $2,000 and $10,000. To purchase tickets call 773-404-6467

Pet Fair 08
Saturday, September 20, 11 AM to 3 PM
Marvin Dunteman Park, 61 Witt Road, South Barrington
The South Barrington Park District holds its first annual Pet Fair, featuring vendors, vets, animal communicators and pet massage therapists. There will also be contests and prizes. Admission to the event is free.

Dog Wash
Saturday, September 20, Noon to 3 PM
Whole Foods Evanston South, 1111 Chicago Ave., Evanston
Red Door Animal Shelter volunteers will wash your dog for $10, which will include brushing and wipe-down. Proceeds will benefit the shelter.

Ruff’n It
Sunday, September 21, 10 AM to 1 PM
Greene Valley Forest Preserve, Naperville
Celebrate your four-legged friend with games, an agility course and more at this fest from the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. Off-leash permits will be required in advance. They can be obtained by calling 630-580-7000.

Hogs for Dogs
Sunday, September 21, 9:30 AM
Heartland Animal Shelter, 2975 N. Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook,
Motorcycle and dog enthusiasts are invited to ride for charity, raising money for the Heartland Animal Shelter. The ride begins at the shelter and ends at Side-Outs Bar & Grill, where live music will be performed by Loose Connection. Pre-registration for the ride is $25, while day-of registration is $30.

Cruisin’ For Critters Motorcycle Run
Sunday, September 21, 10 AM
Joey B’s, 1625 Rt. 176, Burton’s Ridge
The Assisi Animal Foundation holds a charity motorcycle ride. After the ride, a Western band will perform (at approximately 3:30). Drivers are $20, passengers are $5. Call 815-455-9411 to register.

Sunday, September 21, Noon to 6 PM
Busse Woods, Grove #4, Arlington Heights
Northern Illinois Samoyed Assistance holds the Midwest’s largest picnic and fundraiser for Samoyed owners and lovers. Admission is $15 per adult, $12 for children. Dogs are free.

Dog’s Night Out
Thursday, September 25, 6 PM to 11 PM
Galleria Marchetti, 825 W. Erie, Chicago
Lake Shore Animal Shelter holds its gala fundraiser, featuring drinks, smooth jazz and a celebrity dog-judging contest. The evening will also include a silent auction, lavish dog buffet and dinner for the humans. Tickets are $100 per person, but dogs are free. Only one dog per person, please.

Snoopy DogFest
Saturday, September 27, 9 PM
Hollister Incorporated, 2000 Holister Drive, Libertyville
The Chicago office of Canine Companions for Independence holds a walkathon to help raise money for the group to breed, train and place assistance dogs. The DogFest will include a 2-mile walk, vendor booths, pet and family activities and a live auction. There are prizes for certain pledge levels beginning at $25.

Run for Their Lives
Sunday, September 28, 9 AM
Montrose Harbor, Montrose and the Lakefront, Chicago
Late September means it’s time for PAWS’ annual fundraiser. This year, the organization’s 8th, features an 8K run and a 4K dog-friendly walk. The day will also include a costume contest, agility courses and other activities as well as food and entertainment. Advance registration is $35 per adult and $25 for children $12 and under. Day-of registration is $40 for adults and $30 for kids. Dogs are free.

Sunday, September 28, 10 AM to 2 PM
Patriot Park, Downers Grove
The West Suburban Humane Society holds a walkathon and pet expo featuring clowns, face painting, breed-specific rescue groups and a kids and kindness zone. Registration and fundraising pages can be completed online.

Canine Cruise
Sunday, September 28, 1 PM to 3 PM
Chicago River and the Lakefront, (Ogden Slip near Navy Pier), Chicago
Young-at-Heart holds its third annual Canine Cruise for dogs and dog lovers The 2-hour cruise spends half its time on the Chicago River and half on the lakefront. The event will include raffles, door prizes and birthday cake for the dogs. Tickets are $18.50 per person; dogs are free.

Barktoberfest 2008
Sunday, October 5, Noon to 4 PM
Howe Development Center, 7600 W. 183 St., Tinley Park
PAWS Tinley Park holds its major event for the season featuring demonstrations, a blessing of the pets, contests, bake sale, food, games and more. Admission to the event is free, though proceeds from the raffle and other contests will benefit the shelter.

Blessing of the Pets
Sunday, October 5, 10 AM to 1 PM
St. Luke’s Church, 939 Hinman Ave., Evanston
The St. Luke’s Church celebrates its 4th Annual Blessing of the Pets in honor of St. Francis of Assisi.

Paws … For Life
Sunday, October 5, 11 AM to 3 PM
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, 450 W. Highway 22, Barrington
Northern Illinois Samoyed Assistance and Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s breast cancer support group hold a joint fundraiser, featuring a walk and dog festival. The day will include canine demonstrations, a dog costume contest, raffles, a kids’ activity booth, vendors and adoptable dogs. Advance registration is $20 per person. Day of registration is $25.

Annual Bark Walk
Sunday, October 5, 10 AM to 2 PM
Willard Woods Park, 515 First St., Crete
The South Suburban Humane Society raises money with its annual walk and pet Fun Fair. The day will include vendors, demonstrations, behaviorists, contests and activities for both kids and pets. Advance registration is $20. Day of registration is $25.

H.E.L.P. Dinner Auction and Raffle
Friday, October 10, 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 Main Street, St. Charles Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets holds its 6th annual fundraiser, including live band, silent auction, raffles and door prizes. Dinner tickets are $40, but admission does not include drinks. Email for more information.

Black Cat Ball
Friday, October 10, 6 PM
Meson Sabika, 1025 Aurora Ave., Naperville
The Naperville Area Humane Society holds its Black Cat Ball, with dinner, dancing and tunes from the Michael Heaton Band. Auction items will include a week’s stay in Jamaica, tours of CBS 2 and NBC 5 and a cat-shaped diamond pendant. Tickets are $150 per person, $1,500 for table of 10. Proceeds benefit the NAHS.

Lure Coursing Fundraiser
Sunday, October 12, 9 AM to 4 PM
King’s Kennels, 238 Saunders Road, Riverwoods. The Greater Chicago Cavalier Rescue holds a day of lure coursing, where dogs chase an artificial lure around a course. All profts from the even will be helped to rescue Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, providing them with medical care. Pre-registration cost is $10 per dog for two runs ($5 for each additional run). Day-of registration is $15 for two runs ($8 for each additional run). Registration forms and additional information are available at the GCCR Web site.

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs
Thursday, October 16, 6:30 PM to 10 PM
Anti-Cruelty Society, 510 N. LaSalle, Chicago.
A variety of top Chicago chefs offer tastings, as well as wine, beer and other offerings to benefit the Anti-Cruelty Society. The evening will also include a jazz band, interaction with the shelter’s resident animals and a silent auction. Admission is $125 per person in advance, $140 at the door. A reserved table of four (with parking) can be had for $600. To register call 312-751-5507.

Howl-o-ween Dog Costume Contest
Saturday, October 18, 2 PM to 4 PM
Puptown Dog Park, Marine Dr. and Lawrence Ave.
A spooky-themed fundraiser featuring a raffle, treats and costume contest for dogs and their owners. Entry fee for the contest is $5, and proceeds go to benefit the dog park.

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