Downtown Highland Park will continue its celebration of "The Big Dog Show" with an Adopt-A-Dog Walk on Saturday, July 13 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. "Man's Best Friend will delight in visiting with adoptable dogs of various breeds and ages from local rescues and shelters which will be stationed at more than 25 unique Downtown Highland Park businesses. In addition to housing these furry friends, many local businesses will be offering discounts and specials which will benefit participating local animal rescues and shelters.
"As a local animal rescue and adoption organization, we are proud to be participating in Downtown Highland Park's Adopt-a-Dog Walk," said Kelly Moyer of Tails of Hope. "This fun event is a great opportunity for the community to come together, support local businesses and get behind an important cause."
Participating local animal care and rescue facilities include: AaRoooo!! Basset Rescue, Adopt a Bull, As Good As Gold, Chicagoland Lab Rescue, Japanese Chin Rescue, Midwest Labrador Retriever Rescue, Orphans of the Storm, Second Hand Snoots, Placing Paws, The Puppy Mill Project and Tails of Hope.
Participating local businesses include: Cos Bar, First Bank of Highland Park, Gordon Aveda Salon, Highland Pop, Jolie Maison, Jos. A Bank Clothiers, Kaehler World Traveler, Kung Fu Power, Lash L'Heureux Coterie, Mathnasium, Mia Bella Yarn and Accessories, Michael's Chicago Style Red-Hots, My Best Friend's Closet, Norton's, A Perfect Blend, Port Clinton Jewelers, Pottery Barn, Ross Cosmetics & Boutique, Royal Appointments, Spex, Style Shack, Teacher Peach, The Bootery, The Jeweled Elephant, Therapeutic Kneads, Uncle Dan's, Vibe at 1935, Walgreens, Weiland Flowers and Williams-Sonoma.
From June 28 to July 26, North Shore natives and visitors will delight in visiting the "Big Dogs" at numerous locations throughout the Downtown Highland Park area including, Port Clinton Square, Renaissance Place, up and down Central Avenue and in front of City Hall. This one-of-a-kind traveling art exhibit consists of twenty-two, 8 foot high by 10 foot long cor-ten steel "American Dog" sculptures created by award-winning, nationally known artist Dale Rogers. Enjoy the stroll throughout Downtown Highland Park, visit the "Big Dogs" and support a cause that will save our local furry friends.
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.