Kegs and Canines: Dog-friendly bar gives treats to Logan Square

Carrie and her dog Kelvin at the Emporium pop-up on Sept.6th, 2018.

By Olivia Deloian

Imagine walking into a bar and being surrounded by dog-themed cocktails, giant fire hydrants and last, but certainly not least, puppies.

Adoption center One Tail at a Time and Emporium Popups have teamed up to create a dog-friendly pop-up bar in Logan Square. The Dog’s Day Pop-PUP, 2367 N. Milwaukee Ave., opened Aug. 31 and will remain in the city until Sept. 16.

One Tail at a Time, 2144 N. Wood St., is a no-kill, all-breed dog rescue center committed to lowering euthanasia rates in Chicago, according to the mission statement on its website.

Cara Schwalbach, development and outreach assistant at One Tail, said an associate board member came up with the idea for the pop-up.

“[Emporium was] into the idea, and we started putting it together really fast, and it [just] came together from there,” Schwalbach said. 

The Dog’s Day pop-up has several special events, such as Bad to the Bone Night Sept. 8 and Closing Day Sept. 16, both of which will include Instagram-famous dog appearances and giveaways.

Schwalbach said there are various stations for dogs to explore, including a built-in dog park, a giant dog house, fire hydrant and a ball pit, which can be enjoyed by both pups and their owners.

“We have special drinks that are dog-centric all throughout the run of the pop-up,” Schwalbach said. “Everything is super dog-oriented so there is stuff not just for the dogs, but plenty for the people to get a kick out of, too.”

In a Sept. 5 email interview with The Chronicle, Jared Saul, director of Emporium Popups, said Emporium is always looking for fun ways to raise awareness for important events and causes like the animal rescue.

“[Our] main goal is to raise as much money as possible for One Tail’s continuing rescue efforts here in Chicago,” Saul said. “Aside from that, we want people to take the ‘adopt don’t shop’ mentality and share that with as many people as they come into contact with.”

Lore Karl, a veterinary technician and pet insurance agent at 24PetWatch, has volunteered and fostered at One Tail since 2015. Karl said they are looking forward to attending the pop-up, which also happens to be on their birthday, adding to the birthday celebration.

“I can bring my dogs, and we can all hang out with my friends,” Karl said. “It should be really fun.”

Karl said the pop-up offers a great opportunity to spread the word about adoption and the importance of places like One Tail at a Time. 

“Getting [people] familiar with One Tail and seeing [their] outreach to the community will definitely be a good thing,” they said.

Schwalbach said she loved seeing attendees’ enthusiasm at the pop-up, where dog-lovers finally have a place to relax and include their pets.

“Everyone feels at home and [is] having a blast,” Schwalbach said. “You come, you hang out with your dogs, and you don’t have to worry about who’s going to let your dog out or what your dog is getting into at home.”