Forget frigid morning walks. In Chicago’s most dog-friendly residences, Fido — and his caretakers — don’t need to leave the building.
Two-foot-tall snow drifts, melting sludge piles, black ice. Whatever the weather brings, there’s one group who can’t avoid daily treks through it: dog owners. Thankfully, a few smart developments are banking on the estimated half-million pooches residing inside city limits by offering pet amenities such as covered dog runs — fenced-in areas where canines can meander off-leash and owners can watch, safe from the elements.
The most dog-friendly of them all? The curvaceous glass and steel building at 600 N. Fairbanks. “An indoor heated dog run, the only one when it was built, continues to be a major factor in selling,” says Prudential Rubloff broker and canine-lover Francesca Rose (left, call 312-264-1127), who’s sold several condos in the building. Designed by starchitect Helmut Jahn, the building integrates the turf-covered dog run — replete with a drain, hose and plastic bags — into the 12th-floor heated garage. That feature nabbed the attention of the sellers of corner unit 1307, Rose’s two-bedroom, two-bathroom 1,185-square-foot listing going for $649,990. “The owner walks with her dog a floor down in her pajamas,” Rose says. Additional features for four-legged friends include a generous two-pet-per-unit policy, a smattering of recessed balconies guarded by solid glass barriers and animal-accepting passenger elevators (with a congenial “ask first” policy).
The icing on the cake: According to Rose, “The lobby floor is heated; most folks don’t know that, but dogs sure do!”
Bark Avenue: Another downtown option for pet enthusiasts is the Fordham at 25 E. Superior. A friendly, scenic 51st-floor dog walk keeps patrons from bearing the brunt of bad weather. Listed for $550,000, unit 1204, a two-bedroom, two-bath, also features a private dog-friendly balcony (Call Coldwell Banker broker Elizabeth Ballis [above] at 312-343-4545).
Haute dog: The chic Dogleg Diner makes kibble look as good as gourmet cuisine. The locally produced food-and-water bowls from Doca Pet have a rubber, non-skid bottom and come in four heights — perfect for mastiffs and yorkies alike. Available in black, orange, red and white. $98-$188; Docapet.com