Dog Boarding in Chicago, IL

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Dog Boarding

We are currently accepting new clients for boarding 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.

Your dog will have a great time spending the night with Urban Pooch. Comfy beds provided – No cages ever. Overnight, dogs sleep in an open pack accompanied by a counselor. Our overnight playrooms are set up with Kuranda beds & blankets, but most pooches end up on the bed with the counselors. 

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


(Holiday Boarding is an additional $10/ night.)

Feeding - $5 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 dog’s 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.

Please consider adding a biscuit, treat or bully stick before bed; a relaxing and rejuvenating massage or a Bath and Brush. Because of 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.


Each dog must complete a 2-hour Socialization. At the beginning of the Socialization, you and your dog will meet with a Daycare Counselor who will show you our facility and explain our procedures. After a brief interview with you and your dog, our Daycare Counselor will take your dog into the daycare room and observe how they interact with the rest of the pack.

You can stay and watch your dog on our daycare cameras or leave and return at the end of the 2-hour appointment. At the end, our Daycare Counselor will give you a report card explaining how your dog behaved in the daycare room. If your dog fits well in the pack they are welcome to come back anytime during daycare hours. Most dogs pass Socialization with flying colors and make many new human and dog-friends in the process!

Appointments for Socializations are available 7 days a week and conducted at 9:15 AM, 10:15 AM, and 11:15 AM. Please schedule a Socialization appointment by calling 773.961.8880 or emailing us at

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

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Health Policy

Hours for Pick Up and Drop Off

Monday through Friday7:00 AM - 6:00 PM (No drop-offs or pick-ups between 10 am and 11:45 PM M-F)

Saturday -8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Sunday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

Late Night Pick-up is available 7 nights/week (with a few exceptions throughout the year).

  • LATE NIGHT PICKUP for your convenience is priced as follows: Monday - Saturday 6 pm - Midnight; Sunday 5 PM - 12 Midnight: Up to 3 hours = $30, over 3 hours = $45
  • 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, the 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 Counselors 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.

Overnight Boarding

Overnight guests sleep in an open pack setting accompanied by team members who sleep in the playroom with the pack.

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