Holiday shopping for the beloved pet is very important to most pet owners. Pet owners tend to spend a lot of time finding that perfect holiday gift for their precious pet. Fortunately, in Chicago there are many options where excellent pet related gifts can be purchased. Here are the five best places to go holiday shopping for a pet in Chicago.

(Photo Credit: anticruelty.org)

(Photo Credit: anticruelty.org)

The Anti-Cruelty Society
157 West Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 644-8338
www.anticruelty.org

The Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago has a store and gift shop. The staff is very friendly and helpful, and extremely knowledgeable. The best reason to do the holiday shopping for a pet at the Anti-Cruelty Society is that the money helps the shelter fulfill their mission. Their prices are a bit higher, but individuals should not mind spending a little more at their store because the dollars are going to a great cause.

Animal Care League 2nd Chance Shop
808 Harrison St.
Oak Park, IL 60304
(708) 383-9660
www.animalcareleague.org

Although they are technically not in Chicago, this store is literally a couple of minutes outside the city on Harrison and Oak Park Avenue. The Animal Care League is a non-profit organization whose goal is to protect animals from abuse, neglect and inhumane treatment; sheltering lost, abandoned, and unwanted animals; adopting animals into the right homes and a number of other great services. It is certain that shoppers will be able to find the perfect holiday gift for their pet at their non-profit resale shop. They are open every day of the week except Mondays. Check their website for hours. 

Pet Stuff
509 N. LaSalle Drive (between Grand & Illinois)
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 222-1012
www.petstuffchicago.com

This place has everything from food & treats to toys & accessories. Prices at Pet Stuff are fairly reasonable when compared to the other pet stores.  They have an excellent loyalty program that adds up quickly. The staff does a great job of explaining the differences between their large assortment of products and food.  hey also have free same-day delivery in the downtown area with a minimum purchase of $30. This year, they are offering a holiday gift assortment for cats and dogs. They have packaged their best sellers into a nice pouch for $25. Check their website for more details.

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Tails In The City Pet Boutique
1 E Delaware Place
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 649-0347
www.tailsinthecity.com

Tails in the City Pet Boutique is the luxury pet boutique in the city.  They have a terrific selection of gourmet treats, leather collars, pet carriers and most importantly  a fabulous selection of designer couture pet clothes. The staff does a great job of helping you find the right size for your pet… they know what fits. Their service is simply outstanding. Their high-tier selection and first-class service has created a very loyal customer base.

Doggy Style Pet Shop
2023 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL  60622
(773) 235-9663
www.doggystylepetshop.com

The Doggy Style Pet Shop has a terrific selection of very cool toys and accessories. They have a number of options for both cats and dogs. Shoppers who are not sure what to get, speak with the staff — they know their merchandise and will give sound advice. They have a pet bath area that gets a lot of traffic, and yet they manage to keep it spotless. Their pet-bath is a self-wash in the rear of the store, and is quite a bargain. The pricing is slightly above the large chain stores, but the quality justifies the price. This store is a neighborhood favorite.

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