Pet-friendly Offices and Companies in Chicago

If you’re a dog-lover looking for a new workplace in Chicago where your dog can tag along, look no further! Here’s a list of pet-friendly office spaces in the Chicago area that you & your pooch are guaranteed to love. Does your company allow dogs at your office? Please let us know — email to have your office included!

Pomerantz & Co.
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza
Suite 940
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 929-3335
Pomerantz & Co. allows pets in the office because of the many benefits that are associated with allowing workers to bring in their furry friends. After all, dogs are good for your health! Some of the pros include: happier employees, stronger company culture, and increased productivity.

Assemble Shared Office West Loop
600 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 462-1001
This office has free wifi, copying/printing, phone service, utilities, bike storage and a pet-friendly environment. Coffee and light snacks are provided as well. What more could you need?

Fulton House
345 N Canal St
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 756-1000
A casual office where many entrepreneurs come together. Free coffee and light snacks are also included with this office space located near East Bank and The Merchandise Mart. Check out some of these nearby restaurants for the perfect place to grab a bite to eat with your pup after work!

Google Inc.
320 N. Morgan St
Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 840-4100
The Chicago Google offices are open to dogs as long as everyone follows the guidelines that Google provides. These guidelines include rules such as cleaning up after your pooch and making sure to keep up with walks to maintain a manageable energy level.

NextSpace River North
230 W Superior St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 929-4365
A conglomerate of workers including remote employees, freelance writers, web developers, a Bloody-Mary-mix entrepreneur, graphic designers, and financial analysts use this shared office space. The space also offers indoor bike parking and it is also dog-friendly!

SPACE by doejo
444 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60661
(773) 354-7653
This space is meant to support entrepreneurs. As a result, many creative entrepreneurs inhabit this office space and often come together to collaborate or brainstorm and help each other launch their ideas. The office space is also listed as pet-friendly!

Tails Pet Media Group
4410 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 564-9300
It’s fitting that pets are allowed in this pet magazine office space. This company finds that having pets in their offices makes employees less likely to lose focus on the task at hand. This makes sense, considering their subject matter!

The Nerdery
1033 W Van Buren St
Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 226-1211
Employees are allowed to bring in dogs with no size restrictions! The Nerdery believes that dogs relieve stress and frustrations and help create a more productive work environment.

The Onion
730 N Franklin St
Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 751-0503
Dogs in this relaxed office create a more stimulating work environment and help motivate workers. The pets offer a chance for employees to gain a fresh perspective on what they’re working on.

Searching for a great dog walker? Learn more about how we select great people!

Dog Walking Jobs in Chicago

Being a dog walker is a highly rewarding job with many exciting challenges.  At Highrise Pet Care, we select dog walkers whom we believe are capable of consistently delivering the high-quality experience that our clients, both pet and human, deserve.

We love dog walkers with experience

We love reaching out to perspective dog walkers who have a track record of success, so we always ask ourselves: Do they have professional experience working with pets? Do they have a customer service background? Our Caregivers communicate with customers on a daily basis, so having customer service skills and pet care experience is essential. Do they appear dedicated? A high grade point average is a helpful indicator that a candidate has focus, but so is a successful background in athletics or the arts.

Chicago’s unpredictable weather

Punctuality is critical because it’s a must-have in the pet care business. We pay close attention to nonverbal cues: did they dress up for the interview? Do they appear enthusiastic and engaged? Additionally, we ask: “Would you be willing to walk dogs for several hours in frigid temperatures?” Nobody loves being in a blizzard, but this way we can evaluate their willingness to go the extra mile, even when the circumstances are tough. We ask this because our Caregivers have to truly love the pets they’re entrusted with. If they don’t, they’ll likely quit first time they’re faced with Chicago’s unpredictable weather. Asking straightforward questions right off the bat efficiently narrows the field of candidates.

Dog walker for a day

If the interview goes well, we then ask the candidate to join us for a full day on the job. Seeing how the potential candidate interacts in the working environment is often more definitive than the traditional interview setting. For example, anyone can tell us that they love animals, but seeing how one of our candidates actually interacts with one is far more valuable to us. We often take this post-interview process one step further and assign the candidate a project with no deadline. If they’re up until 3:00am working on it, we can safely assume that this dedication will remain once they’re hired.

Takeaway Points:

  • We select only qualified and dedicated candidates to interview
  • We ask essential, job-specific questions to make sure they’ll fit in with our business
  • If all goes well, we invite the candidate to join us for a full day in our work environment

Road Trip Destinations your Pup will Love

Thinking of taking a road trip vacation with your family and your pooch? If so, be sure to first check out our Dog-Friendly Travel Tips to help you prepare for the vacation. Once you’re all set to go, take a look at some of the top destinations we’ve found for your whole family to enjoy — especially your furry family members!

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About an hour-and-a-half drive from Chicago, Milwaukee is the perfect weekend getaway. The Milwaukee Riverwalk is a great place to stroll and shop with your dog to explore the city. For some added outdoor adventure, Granville Dog Park is a large open area that includes a river, wooded trails, hills, trees and plenty of grassy areas that your pup will love.

Michigan City, IN
Michigan City is just over an hour drive from Chicago. Visit the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to take your pup to a dog-friendly shore such as Kemil Beach, Dunbar Beach, or Lake View Beach. At the end of your day exploring, enjoy the beauty of Lake Michigan while dining at one of these pet-friendly restaurants on the water.

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A 3 hour drive from Chicago, Grand Haven is a lively beach town on Lake Michigan’s eastern shore.Take a stroll along the 2.5 mile boardwalk or relax with your pooch on Grand Haven City Beach where dogs are allowed on leash. Downtown areas include dog boutiques that sell dog treats, toys, accessories, and daycare. For some off-leash fun, Hiawatha Forest has 365 acres where you and your dog can run free.

Starved Rock State Park, IL
Starved Rock State Park is a 2-and-a-half-hour drive from Chicago in La Salle County. This beautiful park is full of wildlife and the 13 miles of hiking trails that boast steep canyons and waterfalls. The best part? They’re dog-friendly! As a bonus, the Starved Rock Lodge, located in the park, has pet-friendly cabins and even a dog friendly veranda with a “doggy menu.”

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A scenic drive up the Lake Michigan coast will be a trip to remember! Only about 5 hours from Chicago, this is a perfect length for a long weekend getaway, and your pup will love the green stretches of forestry and beautiful beaches of Wisconsin’s east coast! Check out this list of dog-friendly attractions to do there.

Branson, MO
If you’re up for a 9-hour drive, Branson has some great attractions your human and canine family members will enjoy. With numerous walking/hiking trails and dog-friendly lakeside beaches, the outdoors in Missouri are the place to be! Here are some ideas for pet-friendly vacation rentals.

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The 14 hours will fly by as you drive through Michigan and parts of Canada along the way. Lake Placid is considered one of the most dog-friendly vacation destinations in the U.S., offering a few miles trail hiking around Mirror Lake. The lake also allows your pups to tag along, too! Here are some nice places to stay with your pup in the Empire State.

Myrtle Beach, NC
Only a 15-hour drive from Chicago is the beautiful destination of Myrtle Beach! Spoil your pooch with early morning and evening walks along the shore – even off his leash! Dogs aren’t allowed on the beaches during the daytime hours, but there are plenty of dog-friendly areas and parks where he can meet new friends. Myrtle Beach is especially known for its great Barc Parc.

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This is longest drive we’ll include here, but if you’re up for 20 hours in the car, Sanibel Island is a great spot for your family and pup! Boasting beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico and dog-friendly shorelines, this destination is surely worth the distance. Click here for some great ideas of where to stay, eat, and explore with your pooch on Sanibel Island.
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