Is it time for a dog-hostile new apartment tower?

Only a few years ago there were only a very few rental high-rises in downtown Chicago that accepted dogs.

In an almost complete turnabout, the new apartment buildings are aggressively welcoming dogs and providing special facilities and services for them.

Dog owners at K2 in the Fulton River District, for example, can park their pet with a sitting service while they’re moving. As the weather cools, they can outfit Fido in his complimentary K2 pet sweater, head down to the building’s dog park – the city’s largest – and await the arrival of Fido to Go, “Chicago’s premier gourmutt food truck.”

What can you do if you want to rent in a new building and are one of the many people, including a presidential daughter, who have dog allergies?

If you can’t avoid living in a pet-friendly building, check Yelp reviews and other sources to eliminate the buildings that have multiple reports of urine-pooled elevators and balcony run-offs. The answer, my friend, is not the only thing that’s blowin’ in the wind at some buildings.

Note: K2 is one of our advertising sponsors.

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