Your dog will have a great time spending the night with Urban Pooch. Comfy beds and blankets provided – No cages ever. To ensure everyone has a fun and safe time, our Pooch Pack Handlers sleep on beds with the dogs surrounding them. Most times, there are at least 3-4 pooches that cuddle up to our folks in their beds. Our staff LOVES pooches, so the more the merrier for cuddling!

We are currently accepting new clients for boarding at the Urban Pooch Canine Life Center, located at 4501 N Ravenswood Avenue. Please call 773-942-6445 to schedule a socialization test at least 3 weeks prior to your desired Boarding Date.

NOTE: after your socialization test is completed, your pooch will be required to visit the Canine Life Center at least two times for daycare before boarding. We do this to ensure they are acclimated and familiar with our environment.

$55 per night – reservation required* and $30 deposit

Feeding: $2 per meal, free if you provide your own food.

IMPORTANT- Please Prepare your food
We require you to bag up food for your pooch by meal – e.g. breakfast, dinner – and label it, with  your dogs name and breed,  for an overnight stay. We would love for you to bag it, but if that’s not possible, we have to charge you $7/day for our employees to do it – as it is time consuming.

Why Choose Us

  • Advanced air purification system provides the healthiest indoor environment available in Chicago
  • Triple HEPA filters, 4 zones, UV Lighting to kill airborne bacteria & viruses
  • All our floors are sealed with a triple antimicrobial sealant – ensuring the cleanest and safest play area
  • Our staff has been intensively trained by one of the top canine care experts in the country

Loving Extras for Your Pooch While Boarding

Pamper your Pooch
Please consider adding a biscuit, treat or bully stick before bed; a relaxing and rejuvenating massage or a Bath and Brush. Because your boarding with us, we extend special pricing for these thoughtful add-ons to your pooches stay. Please ask our Front Desk Staff for details. When you book your stay, we’ll be sure to also email you details.
Pooch Massage
Massage is a great add-on to boarding dogs. Treat your pooch to a warm and soothing rubdown by our amazing Massage Therapists – Cara & Alexia. They can give your pooch a 30 minute massage (or longer) with love and affection, soothing their muscles after a long day of play at Urban Pooch! Make sure to book your massage appointment prior to your boarding stay, to ensure availability.

Daycare and Boarding Requirements

Urban Pooch believes all dogs have the right to a safe, healthy, and enjoyable environment. When your pooch comes to join us, we require the following to ensure the safety and health of your best friend(s):

Before your dog can stay with us for daycare and/or boarding, s/he must be evaluated and socialized at least 24 hours prior. All dogs must attend daycare at least 2 times before s/he is eligible for an overnight stay. This allows your pooch to become more comfortable with Urban Pooch before staying for a longer period of time.

Socializations and evaluations take place on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, by appointment only. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the upcoming Holidays – we are closing Socializations for new dogs on November 9th (11/9/18). Dogs are already booked up several days in advance. During the Holidays, we will also be boarding pooches at our 5400 N Damen Avenue facility.

You can call us at (773) 942-6445. Please plan for 2 full hours for socialization based on the above times. There is a $30 fee for socialization – and you receive daycare hours for future visits

  • If space/circumstances allow, dogs without prior reservations can be admitted for an overnight stay as a walk-in for an extra $12 walk-in Fee for the first night.
  • Holiday Overnight boarding is $60 per night during all holidays**. Daycare hours are not applicable to overnight stays.

All Dogs Must Be:

  • In Good Health
  • Spayed or Neutered (puppies must be spayed/neutered by 6 months)
  • At least 3 months old
  • Proof of Vaccinations for Rabies, Distemper/DHLPP or Parvo, Bordetella and a fecal exam for parasites within the last 6 months. In Addition – The Flu Vaccine is due for all dogs as of December 1st, 2018.  ***WE REQUIRE FECAL EXAMS EVERY 6 MONTHS
  • Have a City of Chicago dog license if 4 months or older (Municipal Code 7-12-140)

Fax your most recent vet records to (773) 942-6864 or email to

In order to get to know you and your pooch, we ask that you fill out a few forms.

Please make certain to provide us with current vaccinations when you go to your vet.  Our records must show your pooch has current vaccinations and a parasite free fecal exam EVERY 6 MONTHS to ensure the safety of all the pooches that play at Urban Pooch Canine Life Center.  We have the right to refuse your pooch if your vaccinations in our systems are expired.

Hours for Pick-up and Drop-off

You may pick up or drop off your dog between the hours of:

  • 6:30 AM and 7 PM – Monday – Friday
  • 7 AM and 6 PM – Saturday
  • 9 AM and 5 PM – Sunday
Late Night Pick-up is available 7 nights/week (with a few exceptions throughout the year).
  • Additional charges apply for Late Night Pick-up
  • Arrangements must be made in advance and dog must be dropped off during normal hours of operation
  • Prepayment is required for all Late Night Pick-ups
  • If pooch does stay overnight, standard boarding rate will apply.

When picking up Late Night, you may pick-up at our back door until Midnight. Call 312.810.9143 and our handlers will bring your pooch to you.  Please do not knock on the doors or windows, as it disturbs our neighbors.

NOTE: Boarding dogs picked-up after 11 am will be charged the hourly daycare fee for that day.

** Urban Pooch Holidays – Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day Weekend, Fourth of July Weekend, Labor Day Weekend, Thanksgiving Weekend.