Who let the dogs out? The Big Dog Show hits Highland Park

Who let the dogs out? The Big Dog Show hits Highland Park

Forget Cows on Parade…this summer the North Shore is going to the dogs thanks to the Big Dog Show in Highland Park’s Downtown and Central Business district. The fun, larger-than-life, one-of-a-kind outdoor art exhibit by nationally known artist Dale Rogers will be ushering in the Dog Days of Summer through July.

Award winning artist Dale Rogers' Big Dog Show hits downtown Highland Park starting Friday.  Photo courtesy of Dale Rogers Studio.

Award winning artist Dale Rogers' Big Dog Show hits downtown Highland Park starting Friday. Photo courtesy of Dale Rogers Studio.

“We are thrilled to welcome artist Dale Roger’s traveling Big Dog Show to Downtown Highland Park this summer,” said Jessica Weglarz, Executive Director of the Downtown Highland Park Alliance. “As a community with a profound history of admiration and love for the arts and with more than half of the households in Highland Park owning dogs, our city is the perfect destination on the North Shore to celebrate this one-of-a-kind outdoor art exhibition.”

Who let the dogs out?

There will be plenty of dogs on display – 22 to be exact. The 8 foot by 10 foot long cor-ten steel American Dog sculptures will be on display from Port Clinton Square to Renaissance Place up to Central Avenue to City Hall. The exhibit runs from June 28 to July 24 with the big kick off set for Saturday on the steps of city hall.

"We are honored to be involved in this exhibit," says Cari Meyers, Founder of The Puppy Mill Project. "Highland Park is a pioneer when it comes to community. In bringing this exhibit to the masses, it raises awareness about the importance of so many causes, with The Puppy Mill Project included. We appreciate the opportunity to be involved in order to educate visitors on humane animal treatment and puppy mill dogs."

The Big Dog Show officially kicks off Saturday on the lawn next to Highland Park's City Hall. Photo courtesy of Dale Rogers Studio.

The Big Dog Show officially kicks off Saturday on the lawn next to Highland Park's City Hall.
Photo courtesy of Dale Rogers Studio.

Saturday’s kick-off with Dale Rogers will be from 1 to 3 p.m. with all kinds of fun activities on the lawn at Highland Park City Hall. There will be lots of adoptable dogs from various local rescues on hand and Meyers will discuss the importance of animal adoption instead of purchasing from a pet store.

Some of the groups participating include - Adopt a Bull; As Good As Gold; Chicagoland Lab Rescue; Midwest Labrador Retriever Rescue; Orphans of the Storm; Second Hand Snoots and Tails of Hope.

More events

There will be many pet-focused events throughout the month including an Adopt-A-Dog Walk throughout Downtown Park from 11 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. Various rescues will be stationed throughout downtown retailers with adoptable pets and some stores will have special promotions benefiting various rescues.

There will be many of fun dog-focused events this July during the run of The Big Dog Show. Photo courtesy of Dale Rogers Studio.

There will be many of fun dog-focused events this July during the run of The Big Dog Show.Photo courtesy of Dale Rogers Studio.

Rescues signed up so far include - Adopt a Bull, As Good As Gold, Chicagoland Lab Rescue, Midwest Labrador Retriever Rescue, Orphans of the Storm, Placing Paws, The Puppy Mill Project, Save a Pet, Second Hand Snoots and Tails of Hope.

On Sunday, July 14 and July 11 there will be an adoption events featuring the dogs and cats from Orphans of the Storm from 11 to 3 p.m. in Port Clinton Square. And, on Tuesday, July 16 will be Story Time with the Big Dogs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Big Dog Park in front of City Hall. Highland Park Library and K9 Reading Buddies will be on hand for a dog-themed story time.

Go online to check out these events and other planned in conjunction with the Big Dog Show this summer. There are many dog-friendly merchants in Highland Park. Check out the list here.

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