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Best Dog Boarders
in Chicago

Why These Dog Boarders?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Chicago Dog Boarders on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Bark Bark Club

The Bark Bark Club has an array of awards and recognitions for their services, which include "Best Dog Groomer? by Chicago Magazine, "Growing Business of the Year" award from the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, and multiple features in local news stations. Bark Bark Club commits to providing the finest pet services for their animal-loving clients in Chicago and Evanston, such as dog daycare, grooming, and crate-free dog boarding. Their facility also offers dog walking, pet sitting, adoption, and training, as well as partnerships with One Tail at a Time and other charities.

Bark Place

Bark Place understands the significance of pet sitting, which is why they have adopted a philosophy of professionalism, competency, concern, and affection. Their facility focuses on the safety and comfort of their guests, whether they're enjoying the pet daycare, boarding, dog walking services, grooming, or in-home care. Bark Place also maintains an eco-friendly environment, so they only offer products selected for their thoughtful approach to pet health and the planet. Their product line includes natural dog or cat food, treats, supplements, shampoos, flea and tick repellent, green cleaning products, and biodegradable waste bags.

Barkside Of The Moon

Barkside Of The Moon has over 20 years of experience caring for dogs and cats of all breeds and sizes, but their approach to pet care is what truly sets them apart from other boarding facilities in the Chicago Land area. Although the owner, Jeff, is known for his attentive care, flexible scheduling, and pleasant customer service, it's his musical talents with the guitar that gives his boarding facility a unique appeal to pet care. Barkside Of The Moon offers day and evening boarding, weekend boarding, daycare, overnight stays, walking services, holiday availability, play time, and "doggie campfire" (no fire involved), as well as impromptu musical sessions to relieve stress for the furry audience.

Belle Aire Kennels

Belle Aire Kennels has provided luxurious pet resort-styled kennel services in Downers Grove since 1963. Their pet kennel services the furry residents of Downers Grove, as well as Wheaton, Lisle, Naperville, Darien, Glen Ellyn, and more. Belle Aire Kennels is in a quiet and scenic residential neighborhood surrounded by a lush, green landscape, and their owners, John and Melissa O'Driscoll, stay on the property to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for their clients' pets. Their services include pet stress management, pet education, dog boarding and daycare, grooming, and specialized puppy care.

Downers Grove, IL 60515


Canine Crews Dog Daycare & Boarding

The Canine Crews Dog Daycare & Boarding has one primary goal, which is to give their furry guests a happy, fun, and safe environment to play and relax in. No matter the size, breed, or age of each dog, Canine Crew's trained staff helps them all socialize properly in their four indoor play rooms and fenced outdoor area that doubles as a dog park. Their dog boarding facility also offers group training, grooming, walking, overnight accommodations, and a reception area stocked with eco-friendly toys and treats. Canine Crews is proud to work with Animal Sense Canine Training & Behavior for our group training classes.

Canine State of Mind

Just like their human family members, Canine State of Mind believes that dogs also deserve vacations. In rural Jo Daviess County near Galena in northwest Illinois, Canine State of Mind provides short and long-term dog boarding at their farm in the country. The owners built their property and philosophy with the purpose of giving each dog a natural and safe environment where they're free to explore, play, and enjoy the company of other dogs. Their facility is open year-round with indoor and outdoor options, and they provide transportation to and from Chicago several times per week. The property consists of two 10,000-sq ft dog gardens securely enclosed with premium 7ft-high fencing and cage-free boarding.

Cruisin' Canines

Cruisin' Canines strives to give their clients peace of mind while they're at work or away on vacation by taking care of their pets. Their friendly staff includes local dog walkers and pet care specialists, who are trained in pet boarding and in-house pet visits. Their business offers reasonable pricing, easy and reliable scheduling through Pet Sitter Plus, and the reassurance of bonded and insured staff members.

Dog. Hotel | Daycare

Dog. is a privately-owned dog hotel that offers luxury accommodations for all personality types in their 14,000-sq ft building on Chicago's Historic Goose Island. Their hotel's services include dog daycare play groups, modern boarding accommodations, spa treatments, and expert concierge services. Dog. provides 24-hour dog daycare and boarding staffed by trained professionals to accommodate a broad spectrum of clients, as well as webcam viewing for pet owners.

Found Chicago

Found Chicago provides services to the local public, as well as the rescue dogs in their rehabilitation program. Their facility offers training, boarding, daycare, and grooming, as well as dog boot camp. Their trainers come from diverse backgrounds in dog training and understand that patience and consistency is the key to successful training. Through their various training programs, Found Chicago can rehabilitate dogs that would be deemed un-adoptable for medical or behavioral reasons thanks to the NFP that focused on helping dogs in need of rescue in Chicago.

Oakview Pet Resort

Whether their clients are going out of town for a long vacation or need regular dog daycare, Oakview Pet Resort accommodates both with a focus on quality care and peace of mind. Oakview Pet Resort provides a variety of services, including overnight stays, dog daycare, training, grooming, and food and treats. Their pet resort offers standard and large suites, pampered cottages, and kitty "condos" to soothe every guest, as well as multiple play areas for different sizes and personalities. Experienced staff members supervise all areas, and soon their resort will provide on-site veterinarian services. Pet owners can place their reservations through the website, over the phone, or in person at their location in Lake Zurich.

Lake Zurich, IL 60047


Pampered Pet Services Resort & Spa

Pampered Pet Services Resort & Spa is locally owned and operated, and they have provided pet sitting services in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago since 2002. Their staff members are passionate about cats and dogs, so they spend extra time with each guest to ensure a comfortable and happy stay. Their facility provides luxury services, such as grooming, spa treatments, dog daycare, boarding, in-house pet sitting, indoor swimming, and dog training.

East Dundee, IL 60118


Pawsitively Heaven Pet Resort

Pawsitively Heaven Pet Resort treats their furry guests as family by giving them a comfortable and fun stay in Chicago Ridge. Instead of cages, this pet resort has roomy suites for dogs and multi-level kitty "condos" with space to roam freely, as well an in-wall aquarium and greenhouse window area. Pawsitively Heaven accommodates day boarders and overnight guests of all ages, with the help of two separate dog daycare sections that house large and small dogs alike. Pawsitively Heaven was featured on local news station Community Connection for their array of services, which include pet grooming for cats and dogs, training, webcam viewing, veterinary services, and their Lobby Store that offers healthy pet food, treats, and accessories.

Chicago Ridge, IL 60415


Pet Care Plus

For over 15 years, Pet Care Plus has combined professionalism and kindness to care for their furry guests, as they believe each dog is an individual worth getting to know personally to improve their overall well-being. Their dog boarding facility was voted "best pet services business in Chicago" by citysearch.com users thanks to their wide range of services, including dog daycare, boarding, training, grooming, walking, and large parties. Pet Care Plus boasts a newly renovated facility with state-of-the-art boarding suites, a fully equipped grooming salon, and the largest outdoor play area in the Chicago. Their facility also features an outdoor, in-ground, heated swimming pool, special offers, reasonable pricing, and online reservations.

Rockstar Pets

Rockstar Pets is a full-service cat and dog care facility that wants their furry guests to let out their "inner rockstar." For over five years, Rockstar Pets has provided dog daycare and boarding with doting staff members who focus on giving each animal celebrity treatment, which includes exercise, socialization, stimulation, and one-on-one love. Rockstar Pets sends updates to pet owners by texting or emailing pictures, as well as frequent Facebook posts.

See Spot Run

For over 15 years, See Spot Run has given dogs a secure, open, and comfortable environment for large and small breeds. Their permanent staff is full of pet care professionals that get to know each dog by their name, history, preferences, quirks, and toothy grins. The owner and head trainer, Ruth Crisler, works full-time in the kennel and lives on the premises to accommodate each dog's needs. Their pet care facility offers puppy classes, group clinics, boarding and daycare, grooming, and an extensive range of dog training courses.

Stay. A Modern Dog Hotel

Since humans have the option to stay in comfortable five-star hotels, Stay. A Modern Dog Hotel decided to extend that luxury to dogs. Located in the heart of Chicago's north side, their modern 30,000-sq ft building has full access to nature on the banks of the Chicago River and Horner Park for nature walks and fresh air. Their indoor area provides dog daycare, a fitness area, pet grooming, and boarding suites of varying sizes. Stay. A Modern Dog Hotel also features climate control, 24-hour surveillance, daycare and boarding suite webcams, and a fire suppression system. Their dog hotel is fully compliant with the new City of Chicago Ordinance Chapter 4-5 and only hire dog handlers trained by canine care professionals and CPDT-KA Trainers experienced with every breed, age, and temperament. Their team members are also Pet CPR First Aid Certified through the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago Members of American Boarding Kennels Association (ABKA) and North American Dog Daycare Association (NADDA).

The Barking Lot

The Barking Lot boasts the catchphrase, "Everything Under One Woof," for their expansive list of services provided. Their dog boarding facility offers dog daycare and boarding, grooming, dog walking, training, webcam viewing, indoor climate control, outdoor playtime, and an array of pet supplies. The Barking Lot also features online reservations, a rewards program, and dedicated staff members that make sure each pet has a safe, fun, and comfortable stay. They have a location in Deerfield and Chicago that both house dogs from all over Illinois.

Zen Dogs Chicago

Just as their name suggests, Zen Dogs Chicago follows a philosophy that values each dog's deep, instinctual levels and needs. To accommodate each dog, Zen Dogs offers compassionate dog daycare and boarding, as well as natural dog training programs. Their facility provides a free training evaluation and consultation by appointment, and they have rescued dogs available for adoption.

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