CHICAGO—Today is National Dog Day, and to honor it, the Windy City’s Kinzie Hotel has unleashed the “pamper your pooch” package, which includes a photo shoot of your pet at a city landmark, a gourmet in-room doggie dining menu and a doggie gift bag packed with prizes. The hotel is expecting approximately 30 dogs and their owners to participate in the kickoff event, according to Andrew Eck, GM of Kinzie Hotel, an upscale, boutique, full-service property in the city’s River North area.
“At Kinzie Hotel, we believe in pampering all our guests, including our four-legged friends,” Eck explained. “We focused on our human guests in the past, and now we are focusing on the pets.” The package will be available to guests of the hotel for an undetermined amount of time, he added.
Dogs are pampered immediately upon arrival at the property. In the lobby, they receive their welcome bags containing gourmet treats, a bandana, chew toys, pet shampoo and a complimentary edition of FIDO Friendly magazine; plus a copy of the hotel’s own guide to Chicago’s pet-friendly scene, “Pet Lover’s Guide to the City.” Participating guestrooms feature dog beds, dog apparel, and water and food bowls.
A doggie dining menu was created in partnership with Chestnut & Grace, a gourmet dog food company. The option is available during breakfast, lunch and dinner, according to Eck. The menu includes a cottage-cheese omelet, banana-blueberry smoothie, handmade granola, wild Alaskan salmon, chicken and brown rice arancini, turkey veggie casserole, beef and potato meatloaf, truffle dessert, and more. “We pride ourselves in being the most pet-friendly hotel in the city,” Eck claimed. “We are the only hotel that provides gourmet dog food for our in-room dining menu.”
Eck also commented on how the “pamper your pooch” package brings a localized experience to guests. “The photo shoot is very unique. I think it’s going to be a great way to capture the Chicago experience for not only the owners but for the pets,” he said. “How much fun do you think it would be to take a photo with your pet on Michigan Ave. or with a great skyline in the background?”
In addition, Kinzie Hotel partnered with local pet-friendly establishments to provide add-ons to the package, including dog-sitting services, dog kayaking and visits to the dog park.