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Kimpton Hotels of Chicago Hosts Santa Paws at the Hotel Allegro This December

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About Santa Paws:

For the fourth year in a row, Kimpton Hotels of Chicago will host Santa Paws, a weekend-long event at the Hotel Allegro where neighborhood pets and four-legged hotel companions are invited for holiday treats and photos with Santa done by a professional photographer. Santa Paws welcomes all pets as long as they can fit through the hotel's front door.

This year’s festivities will feature a raffle with prizes, including hotel and restaurant gift certificates. All raffle proceeds will benefit Chicago’s Anti-Cruelty Society. The Anti-Cruelty Society will also bring several shelter dogs to participate in the holiday event – all shelter dogs will be available for adoption.

When is Santa Paws:

Santa Paws will take place from 2 -4 p.m. on Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, 2012.

Where is Santa Paws:

Santa Paws will take place at the Hotel Allegro, located at 171 West Randolph Street. (Consider taking public transportation to the event. Read our Taking Public Transportation Guide for more information on Chicago's public transit.)

Admission to Santa Paws:

Admission to Santa Paws is free. Photos are complimentary, as are all the food and beverages served. Raffle tickets are $10. (For more holiday fun in Chicago: Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza and Macy's Holiday Window Displays)

More About Santa Paws:

A professional photographer will be on hand to snap shots of furry friends with Santa in Hotel Allegro’s Living Room Lobby, which will be outfitted with festive décor, music, hot chocolate and cookies. (You can also bring your own camera or smart phone and snap away.) Water bowls and pet-friendly treats will also be provided. While dogs seem to delight in Santa Paws the most, Kimpton’s Santa Paws is open to all pets, as long as they can fit through the front door.

About Chicago's Anti-Cruelty Society:

Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society was founded in 1899 and has been on the forefront of animal welfare. Since 1999, the beginning of its second century of caring, the non-profit, located on LaSalle Street in downtown Chicago, has found loving permanent homes for more than 40,000 pets; spayed or neutered more than 61,000 animals; and taught messages of compassion and caring for the animals to more than 225,000 school-aged children and community groups. In addition to receiving and caring for thousands of animals each year, the Anti-Cruelty Society provides a wide variety of services and resources. These include an adoption program, a low-cost spay/neuter clinic, a rehabilitation & treatment center, a low-income clinic, humane education/community outreach, cruelty and abuse investigations and rescue, dog training classes, a free behavior hotline, and pet visitations.

About the Hotel Allegro:

Adjacent to the opulent Cadillac Palace Theatre, the Hotel Allegro combines old-world glamour with smart, modern services and amenities. As the hotel's site says, "From your red carpet arrival to comfy beds and a superb, friendly staff, we want to make your Chicago visit shine." Hotel Allegro Chicago features a hosted evening wine hour; on-site restaurant and bar; complimentary on-site fitness center; on-site meeting spaces; and eco-friendly practices (recycling, etc.) and amenities, including organic and/or shade grown coffee, organic wine served during select months during complimentary wine hours, and organic food and beverage products in every honor bar. (Also worth reading: December Events in Chicago and Lincoln Park Zoo ZooLights)

Tips for Traveling with Pets -- from Kimpton Hotels:

List the address of your final destination on your pet’s collar. This is easy to do with a sticker.

Before the big journey, do a day trip or quick overnight somewhere to acclimate your pet to travel.

Alleviate your pet’s stress by bringing familiar scented items from home.

Trim your pet’s nails prior to travel to avoid damage to surroundings and people.

Research 24-hour veterinary services at your final destination and program the number into your phone.

For your day of travel, pack a pet first-aid kit, snacks, water, and food to last two days. You never know if you’ll encounter delays.

Order your favorite pet food to be delivered to your final destination so you don’t have to carry all that extra weight or get charged by the airlines. ,a href="http://www.chewy.com/">Chewy.com delivers for free.

Check the weather frequently for your destination and make sure your pet is ready, whether that means a haircut for hot weather or buying a sweater for cold climes.

If you’re staying at a Kimpton hotel, make sure to let us know that you’re bringing your pet when making your reservation. We’ll ensure that your room is just right, including complimentary pet beds and bowls.

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