Celebrate The Big Dogs homecoming with numerous special events and sales taking place throughout Downtown Highland Park. From now until Friday, July 26, many Downtown Highland Park businesses will offer specials and host dog-centric events in honor of the Big Dogs. Discover all of the opportunities for fun the Big Dogs have in-store! All events will feature free admission and free parking for visitors.
Get unleashed with Mutt Lynch Wines at Norton's (1905 Sheridan Road) on Wednesday, July 10 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. All proceeds will be donated to The Puppy Mill Project. Dinner reservations are recommended 847-432-3287.
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Poets will be sharing poems they wrote about their pets on Wednesday, July 10 at Highland Park City Hall (1707 St. Johns Avenue) from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. New and budding poets are welcome to attend and share sentiments about their pets. Anyone who reads a poem will receive a discount coupon to use at Menchies immediately following the event.
Learn how to better care for your dog's eyes at the Dog Eye Care seminar at Spex (1819 St. Johns Avenue) on Friday, July 12.
Create felt chew toys at the Tails of Hope Craft Project hosted by Mia Bella Yarn and Accessories (1815 St. Johns Avenue) on Saturday, July 13.
On Saturday, July 13 The Puppy Mill Project will be stationed in the foyer of Sunset Foods (1812 Green Bay Road) sharing information and raising awareness about their organization.
Starting at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 13 K9 Reading Buddies will be at Teacher Peach (458 Central Avenue).
Receive 20% off dog merchandise at Table Compliments (482 Central Avenue) on Saturday, July 13.
Save big at Stationery Station (610 Central Avenue) and receive 20% off doggie note cards on Saturday, July 13.
Express your creativity and save big at FiredWorks (1813 St. Johns Avenue) on Saturday, July 13. Receive 20% off ceramic dog related items such for painting such as dog figurines, ceramic dog bowls and dog bone shaped ceramic dog plaques.
On Sunday, July 14 and 21 head over to Port Clinton Square (600 Central Avenue) where Orphans of the Storm will be holding an adoption event. From 11:00 am to 3:00 pm dogs and cats will be available for adoption.
On Tuesday, July 16 head over to The Highland Park Public Library (494 Laurel Avenue) for a dog themed story hour with K9 Reading Buddies beginning at dusk.
Enjoy Yuppy Hour at Vibe at 1935 (1935 Sheridan Road) with puppy-tini drink specials which will benefit Tails of Hope on Friday, July 19 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Pottery Barn (1850 Second Street) will be hosting K9 Reading Buddies on Saturday, July 20 at 11:00 am.
Ever wonder what your pet is saying? Satisfy your curiosity on Saturday, July 20 at 10:00 am with Hope Black, an animal communicator, at Isis on the Shore (601 Elm Place).
Stop by Weiland Flowers (1781 St. Johns Avenue) on Saturday, July 20 for a dog flower fitting for $1, all proceeds will go to The Puppy Mill Project.
Come join Kung Fu Power (1770 First Street) for a class in Fitness, Learning, Enrichment & Exercise (FLEX™) for your dog. Work on a variety of strength and core conditioning skills using various FitPaws equipment. Space is limited to 10 dogs. You MUST pre-register by calling 847-235-6290 or online at www.rootdogtraining.com
Freeze a moment in time with a dog portrait photographer at Z Gallerie (1883 Second Street) on Saturday, July 20 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
On Saturday, July 20 Jolie Maison (643 Central Avenue) will welcome lifestyle photographer Robin Subar for an afternoon of puppy portraits from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Reservations for pet portraits are being accepted at 847-433-4555. 10% of all sales will be donated to The Puppy Mill Project.
On Sunday, July 21 enjoy story time with K9 Reading Buddies in Port Clinton Square (600 Central Avenue) at 11:00 am.
The Downtown Highland Park Alliance is a public-private partnership of the Highland Park CBD Property Owners Association, the City of Highland Park and the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce. The Alliance was founded in 2008 to enhance the economic vitality of Downtown Highland Park. The operations and promotions of the Alliance are funded by a Special Service Area commercial property tax currently authorized through 2013.
Artist Dale Rogers has been working as a full time metal sculptor for over 10 years. His work is originally designed, laser cut, TIG welded and hand finished into large scale 3-dimensional sculptures that combine his love for abstract geometrics with organic lines and a figurative appeal. Because everyone gains from art, Dale wanted to design a large scale exhibit for the public that could tour around the country -- The Big Dog Show was successfully born from this dream.