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December 2, 2013

This Little Doggy Went To Market

I love visiting downtown Chicago, especially during the holiday season. Unfortunately, since Eko is not allowed on the El (subway system) it means that I have to drive downtown if I want to bring him.  And if I drive downtown then I have the dreaded task of figuring out

I love visiting downtown Chicago, especially during the holiday season. Unfortunately, since Eko is not allowed on the El (subway system) it means that I have to drive downtown if I want to bring him.  And if I drive downtown then I have the dreaded task of figuring out where to park.

Last week, when I planned a trip to Chicago’s Christkindlmarket, I figured there had to be an better way to find a spot than driving around in circles for hours or paying a lot of money.   And I figured right.

Parking Panda is an app I found that lets you find and reserve parking ahead of time

Eko found a spot right by the market for much cheaper than what I paid last year.  I booked it and we were off in no time. Nice app to keep handy for future trips downtown

rhodesian ridgeback, dogs, adventure, chicago, pet friendly, dog blogThe market is pet-friendly, but Eko wanted to double check with security

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Eko has a discerning eye so he helped me check out some potential presents

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The fragile stuff was pretty to look at, but Eko’s big tail has been known to do damage so we admired it from afar

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The eternal flame in Daley Plaza is a popular attraction with all sorts of locals

rhodesian ridgeback, dogs, adventure, chicago, pet friendly, dog blog“Room for one more?”

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The real Santa loves pets, but unfortunately his stand-in in Chicago does not

 

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Nevertheless we had a great time walking through the market and gearing up for the holidays

I’m probably gained about five pounds on Thanksgiving, but hopefully keeping up with Eko as we sprint towards Christmas should help with that.   Hope everyone had a great holiday!

Comments for This Little Doggy Went To Market

  1. Victoria says:

    Eko don’t worry Santa loves animals of all kinds – the Chicago stand in should make note of that!!! Hope you guys have fun heading into the holiday season!

  2. No pets drinks or food? But you can smoke at Santas house, that’s allowed LOL I love christmas markets, thanks for sharing yours with me :o)

  3. How clever of Eko to find a parking place. I love that you involve your companion – Yeah You!

  4. Great pics. Doubt any parking app would help here in deepest, darkest Africa but good to know if I ever get to visit over there. Then again, when I do, I’m planning on being super rich and not having to worry about such things 🙂

  5. Love see Eko checking out downtown Chicago. Mum used to travel to Chicago (from Australia) for work when I was a pup (she worked for Wrigleys) so cool to see the vibe of the city from a dog’s view.

  6. Ingrid says:

    The Christkindlmarket is a favorite with my sister. The only time I enjoy visiting Chicago in the winter is during the holiday season. You are so lucky to have a handsome tech savvy dog who was able to find a good place to park 🙂

  7. that looks like it was soooo much fun!

  8. Santa Paws wouldn’t see you?! Whee would write a letter of complaint to the elves. You have clearly been a good boy this year Eko, and are on the good list so it doesn’t make sense!!

    Whee love your Pigmas market. Whee’ve never been to one but Mummy loves them!

    Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil
    xxxx

  9. Wonderful photos, right in the holiday spirit! You’re so lucky places like that are pet-friendly, the Chriskindlemarket we go to in Bethlehem, PA definitely isn’t. 🙁

  10. That Santa must have been an imposter!

  11. Did Eko watch any holiday movies this weekend while in front of the heater after his trip?? It’s Christmas, Charlie Brown and Jack Frost (the claymation) are my favorites.

  12. Aw, I was sent over here by a commenter on my blog because I just talked about my Rhodesian Ridgeback, Zola! Eko looks absolutely adorable, and I love all the adventures he seems to be having. It’s possible I am swooning just a bit over here.

  13. What a great app!! Looks like you two had a pawsome day out – pity about not being able to see Santa but his loss we say.
    Wally & Sammy

  14. Emmadog says:

    Looks like a lot of fun. We were allowed at Christmas Markets in Germany, but not here in the Twin Cities, major bummer. That parking panda thing sounds like an awesome idea!

  15. Looks like a great day out but I can’t get over how awesome that app is… I wish I had something like that around here!

  16. I just smile at all your fun pictures with Will. I remember taking the EL downtown to shop at the Water Tower Plaza (I think that’s what it was called) and then on State Street too and had a great time but it’d be so much better to spend the day with Eko.

  17. Wow very christmassy pictures 🙂

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