Drive down any busy street in the city of Chicago and you’re bound to stumble across a pet boutique, pet supply store or grooming service. Chicagoans are some of the most people loving and pet loving city dwellers in the world, so it’s no wonder there are so many amazingly friendly groomers to choose from ranging from small mom and pop shops to downright luxurious spas and salons. Chicagoans are serious about customer service and
pampering their pooches, so there are plenty of excellent grooming services to choose from. With so many options to choose from, selecting just one can be a daunting task.
We did our best to help narrow your search by highlighting a handful of grooming services that will appeal to many different tastes, styles and budgets.
Redoor Pet Salon & Day Spa
724 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605
Located in elegant Printers Row among upscale and unique shops and eateries, this posh salon and day spa offers an extensive selection of more than 50 shampoos and conditioners ranging from aloe vera, raspberry and oatmeal to dermatologic conditioners and hot oil treatments. Redoors long list of services include: whirlpool treatments, Hydrosurge bathing and several types of therapeutic massages. Customers can opt for a basic grooming package which may include: shampoo, blow dry, cut, ear cleaning and a pawdicure or they may also choose between half-day or full-day spa packages. Spa packages may include the following: styling, whirlpool relaxation, massage therapy, aromatherapy, pawdicure, hot oil treatment, lunch and exercise, to name a few.
Pups are cut, trimmed and styled by hand or with clippers, depending on breed and they are dried by hand or in cages. Supervised, low heat cage drying also includes aromatherapy. Basic grooming packages range from $35-$75, half day spa packages range from $65-$ and full day spa packages range from $85-$115. Redoor caters to all breeds and sizes and their hours are: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
Scrub Your Pup
2935 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60657
So your pup needs a bath, but the mess is a bit much to clean up at home. Or maybe you’re absolutely nuts about your pup and you don’t want to leave him in anyone else’s care. Well, at Scrub Your Pup both problems are solved-you can give your pooch a bath yourself and someone else will clean up the mess! That’s the idea behind Chicago’s first self-service dog wash located in the hip Lakeview neighborhood. SYP provides everything you need to bathe your pooch including: brushes, shampoos, blow dryers, towels, ear cleaner and colognes. For around $15 you can do it yourself or if you would like a professional to handle the wash, the SYP staff is available seven days a week to wash you pup, clean his ears, trim the nails and hair around the paws and brush his coat out. And yes, you can stay and watch. Scrub Your Pup does not use cage dryers and walk-ins are always welcome. Hours are: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday.
2307 W. Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
Exclusive, elegant and downright decadent, Pooch caters to the some of the most discriminating pet owners in the city. This “W” for dogs features Chicago’s only saltwater lap pool as well as deluxe private and shared rooms, spa services, aromatherapy, bathing, pawdicures and upscale day care facilities.
Pampered pooches are treated with Les Pooch shampoos, rinses and fragrances, then blow dried, brushed and styled by Pooch professional stylists. Once your pooch’s beauty services are complete, you can shop for designer duds in the Pooch boutique where the “High Maintenance Bitch” line of clothing is sold (featured on The Simple Life and at the Golden Globes) as well as Spot Organics (bath, aromatherapy, eye & ear products), Family Pet Pride Fine China, Happy Tails spa line and treats by Wellness, Merrick, Fromm and Steve’s. While boutique items are rather expensive, rates for grooming services, etc., are competitive. A word of advice: Make sure you look your best when you come here or you might not make it past the front door!
Hours are: 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
The Ritz Kennel Salon
1347 N. Sedgwick Street
Chicago, IL 60610
The exterior of this unassuming grooming parlor located on the near north side of Chicago features a stencil of a single puppy perched atop a crown above the entrance. This is the only indication you’ll have that there’s a puppy salon in this brick building tucked away on a quiet residential street. This cozy 500 sq. ft. grooming salon services pups by appointment only and the small staff of three offers so much individual attention to pets, that their appointment calendar stays pretty full, but not impossible to book.
Owner and 19-year-veteran groomer Laura Rosen uses a wide range of shampoos such as oatmeal, medicated, hypoallergenic and several all-natural varieties to meet the specific needs of each pup. The “basic wash and cut” is the theme here and all pups are hand-dried with forced air, low-heat dryers. A small retail shop in the waiting area offers a few collar styles, leashes and nutritional treats.