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Dog days of summer: Five canine-friendly summertime events 

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Hey all you cocktail-loving, pizza-eating, cruise-taking canines: Here are five events to which you're more than welcome to bring your well-behaved human.

Sip & Give dog-friendly cocktail party A dog-friendly cocktail party/fund-raiser to benefit Found, a nonprofit, no-kill shelter focused on the rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing of dogs and cats that would otherwise be euthanized. Half the ticket cost goes to Found, and each ticket is good for two drinks, light appetizers, and raffle entry. RSVP to Thu 6/2, 6-8 PM, Rockit Bar & Grill, 3700 N. Clark, 773-645-4400,, $20.

Gimme Shelter! Walk for the Animals A 3K walk, with dogs, to benefit Red Door no-kill shelter. Red Door is accepting fund-raising pledges on its Web site. Admission includes T-shirt, brunch, gift bags, a dog bandana, tarot card readers, pet psychics, and use of the doggy splash pools. Sun 6/12, 10 AM-noon, Indian Boundary Park, 2500 W. Lunt, 773-764-2242,, $20 advance, $25 day of, $5 kids 12 and under.

Doggie Style birthday party at Crust Doggy Style Pet Shop is celebrating five years on Division Street, and Crust Organic pizzeria is hosting a dog-friendly birthday party at its outdoor patio. Admission covers all you can eat and drink—as well as organic treats for the dogs. Proceeds will benefit Tree House Humane Society. Sun 6/21, 4-7 PM, Crust, 2056 W. Division, 773-235-9663,, $25.

Canine Cruise Dog lovers travel aboard the Skyline Queen for this once-a-week summertime architectural cruise, which leaves from Mercury Cruiseline's Riverside Gardens dock (Michigan and Wacker). Tickets go on sale at the Mercury box office starting at 8:30 AM the day of cruise. Sundays from July 10-Sept 25, 10 AM, 312-332-1353,, $25 adults, $10 kids 12 and under, $7 dogs.

PAWS Chicago 2011 Beach Party A party for humans and beachwear-clad dogs to benefit PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) Chicago, with an open bar, dinner buffet, and silent and live auctions. US99.5 Morning Show cohost Lisa Dent emcees. Thu 7/14, 6 PM, Castaways, 1603 N. Lake Shore, 773-843-4884,, $150 advance, $175 door, $50 dogs.

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