Bark in the Park

Chicago’s BEST Dog-Friendly Party
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.


About Bark in the Park

The Anti-Cruelty Society is excited to host the 25th anniversary of Chicago’s oldest and largest dog-friendly party—Bark in the Park!

Each year, thousands of people and dogs gather together along Chicago’s breathtaking lakefront to raise funds for The Anti-Cruelty Society’s work to help animals in need. This is the Society’s main fundraiser and your participation helps us provide food, shelter, medical care, and second chances for thousands of animals.


Soldier Field Stadium Green
1410 Museum Campus Drive, Chicago, IL
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

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The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • Registration Opens: 7:30 a.m.
  • Walk Starts: 9:00 a.m.
  • The party continues until 1:00 p.m.
  • Lagunitas Beer Tent Opens 10:00 a.m.
  • Live Music by Johnny Alleto: 10:00 a.m.
  • Raffle Drawing: 11:50 a.m. *Winners must be present
  • Event Ends: 1:00 p.m.

Ticket Pricing

Tickets for Bark in the Park are $40 for adults and $10 for children 3 to 12.


How Can You Participate?

Come for the walk and stay for the party!

We also offer the opportunity for you to seek your own supporters and sponsors of the walk which helps us meet our goal to provide shelter and services for 5,000 animals this year. All you need to do is register yourself, or set up a team with your family, your friends or work colleagues. Use your own networks to help us raise funds to support The Anti-Cruelty Society’s important work.

Register for the event and sign up for your sponsored walk here. All your efforts make a real difference to the animals we help 365 days a year! Talk to your family, friends, and coworkers today and ask them to sponsor you in the walk…and don’t forget to invite them to the party!

Click here to register

What to Expect

Bark in the Park is Chicago’s oldest dog-friendly party for the whole family which is celebrating its 25th year! Beginning with a 2.5 mile walk along Chicago’s beautiful lakefront, the event is followed by the best dog party in town with food, beverages, activities, and more.

Guests are encouraged to come for the walk and stay for the party. Guests can show their commitment to our work by raising funds for their participation in the walk and they then return to the event for a variety of fun activities including dog-friendly demonstrations including canine agility courses, product samples from small business sponsors, dog massages, pawdicures, caricature drawings, arts and crafts, family-friendly activities, souvenir photos, and a 50/50 cash raffle. People also enjoy a variety of free food, a beer tent, live music and much more!

Join us from 9:00 a.m. for the walk (registration begins at 7:30 a.m.) and then stay for the party! The event runs until noon.

The Place

Bark in the Park is held on the southeast corner outside of Soldier Field at The Stadium Green—just steps from the lake. Parking is available adjacent to the Stadium Green for $20 at the Waldron Lot. Limited street parking is available in the general vicinity of Soldier Field on Wabash and Michigan Avenue but public transportation might be your best option!


Interested in volunteering at Bark in the Park? Click here to join the Bark in the Park volunteer team. You do not need to be a volunteer at The Anti-Cruelty Society to volunteer for this event.

Thank you to our partners whose support makes our work possible