Event Information

Bark in the Park is our 20th annual 5k/3.2 mile run (for people) walk (with or without your dog) to raise funds and awareness for The Anti-Cruelty Society, Chicago’s oldest and largest, private, open-admission humane society. Participants will enjoy dog agility course, Denise Zak, Pet Psychic, pet massages, nail clipping spa, souvenir photo booth, product samples from our sponsors, free snacks, random raffle, 50/50 cash raffle and more!

When: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Where: Montrose Harbor, Chicago, Illinois
Onsite Registration: 7 a.m.–10 a.m., red tents
Run Steps off: 9 a.m. (no dogs, please)
Walk Steps off: 9:15 a.m.
The event usually wraps up around Noon.

Adults: $35 in advance, $40 day of
Children: $15

Click here to register for Bark in the Park 20!


Introducing Noodles the Wonder Dog:
Bark in the Park 20’s Canine Grand Marshal

Who exactly is Noodles? He’s a five-year-old, mixed breed dog adopted from the Anti-Cruelty Society of Chicago in the summer of 2009 (at the age of approximately 7 months old).

We think that Noodles is an inspiration for any family considering adopting a shelter animal and is a proof positive as to the power of a second chance! To honor Noodles’ many accomplishments, we have asked him to participate in this year’s Bark in the Park.

Noodles holds a Canine Good Citizen certification, and is a Therapy Dog certified through Therapy Dogs International. He performs dozens of different tricks, and he has appeared on television (Windy City Live), been included in a national television commercial, performed in live theatre performances (Second City, Bailiwick Theatre, Gorilla Tango Theatre, Strawdog Theatre, Purina Farms, etc.) and has won multiple talent/trick competitions in the U.S. and in Canada.  He also regularly performs at nursing homes, retirement communities and libraries.

A big thank you to Noodles, Bark 20’s Canine Grand Marshal!


Bark in the Park is Chicago’s original dog party. Held the first Saturday in May every year, it is The Anti-Cruelty Society’s largest single fundraiser. By raising funds for Bark in the Park, you are supporting our open doors for any animal in need 365 days a year. We hope you will join our commitment to caring for animals most in need. We will put the fun in fundraising, and you can win some great prizes for your efforts.

Click here to create your personal fundraising page. 

To sponsor a participant click here.

Your Support

Provides food for the animals

Provides one week of shelter care for a cat or dog

Provides rabies vaccination for 100 animals

Provides one week of cruelty investigations

Provides spaying or neutering for 50–100 animals

Click here to download a sponsor form