Time fur a haircut? Want some friendly “ruff”-housing and play? Need to take a “paws” for an overnight? Dogtopia in Deer Park, which celebrated the opening of its 100th nationwide facility in June, is the place for you. Dogtopia provides day care, boarding, and spa services with a focus on socialization, education, and exercise for your furry friends. Safety is a priority, with professionally trained staff, webcams to watch your dog play all day, homey crates, frequent sanitation, and playrooms separated by size and temperament. “Opening a dog day care has been a lifelong dream of ours and we are excited to have the opportunity to work alongside the Dogtopia support office and our franchise partners to live out the brand’s mission,” said Kara Ferguson and Rob Gillman, owners of Dogtopia of Deer Park. Dogtopia is not only providing dog owners with a safe, fun place for their pups to be pampered, but they’re also providing service dogs to veterans, literacy programs for children, and employment opportunities to adults with autism through their “Fetch It Forward” initiative. All in all, it’s a place you and your four-legged family members can feel good about. Doptopia is located at 21540 W. Field Parkway, Deer Park. Visit dogtopia.com for more information.
As you have already seen on the cover of this month’s issue, a crew from Country had the rare chance to spend a day shooting behind the scenes at Lyric Opera’s fabulous Art Deco opera house. We couldn’t imagine a more perfect place to stage a fall fashion feature themed around fall galas, balls, and fundraisers. But the most exciting news is, you could have a similar insider experience yourself, thanks to Lyric’s summer backstage tour series. For two Friday mornings this month—September 6 and September 13—you can sign up for a one-hour tour of this historic building. This is your chance to learn about the skilled professionals who bring operatic stagecraft to life, and gain insight into what to look forward to in the year ahead. Heading into its 65th season, Lyric will bring the much-anticipated performances of The Barber of Seville (September 28 through October 27) and Don Giovanni (November 14 through December 8) to Chicago. And that’s just the beginning. Tickets for the backstage tour are $15 and can be purchased in advance by calling 312-827-5600 or by visiting lyricopera.org.
Don’t miss this popular community event that takes place in a beautiful autumnal setting. The Village of Barrington Hills is hosting its 7th Annual “The Hills Are Alive” Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m on September 29. This free event welcomes family and friends to share an afternoon of live music, barbeque, sweets, treats, games, and attractions for all ages. Highlights include the Living Horse Museum, Equestrian Extravaganza, and Traveling Interactive Zoo. The event is held at the Barrington Hills Park District Riding Center, 361 Bateman Road, Barrington Hills, vbhil.gov/hills-alive.