It's a one-stop venue for pet products and services, presented by Tower Show Productions on March 15-17, with entertainment, demonstrations, presentations and the latest products and services for pet owners and pet enthusiasts.
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If you goWhat: Chicagoland Pet Expo
When: 1-9 p.m. Friday, March 15; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 16; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 17
Where: Arlington Park Racecourse, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights.
Cost: $10; $5 ages 3-12. www.petchicago.com/freetix.asp; (847) 385-7500. Friday night is Buy One, Get One free.
Parking: $6 per vehicle
Food & beverages: Concession area has selection of lunch and dinner meals, snacks, desserts, drinks. Mr. D's Sports Bar will be open 1-8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
There will be pet-themed artwork, jewelry, clothing, cleaning supplies, grooming supplies, leashes, collars, leads, pet clothing, pet beds and furniture, containment systems, security products, food, treats, toys, veterinary services, pet boarding, sitting, training, breed clubs, animal rescue organizations and more. There will be more than 300 exhibits of pet-related products and services.
Families will enjoy the petting zoo, the Herpetologist Society show, the Extreme Canines Stunt Dog Show, a special presentation on ferrets and John Lege -- "That Guy with the Birds."
Come watch the "St. PETrick's Costume Contest," at 6 p.m. Friday, March 15. Pets will compete for awards in Most Irish Costume, Originality, Cutest Pet, and the grand-prize winning Crowd Favorite.
And then there's the Household Companion Cat Contest, where judging is based on grooming, personality, expression and overall appearance. The cats participate on both days, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.