AUGUST 2017 – Nearly 20 years ago in 1999, businesses all over Chicago displayed dozens of statutes of cows painted by local artists, architects, photographers, celebrities and more for the Cows on Parade art installation. The cows remained on Chicago’s streets, buildings and elsewhere for a number of months before being auctioned off to raise money for charity. Now, Chicago is doing it again with K9s for Cops.
The K9s for Cops program features more than 100 painted German Shepherd statues, each standing about 54 inches tall. They’ll be in public spaces and along Michigan Avenue through Labor Day and the Chicago Athletic Association hotel has one featuring autographs of the Chicago Blackhawks. If you want to see that one, whose name is Chief, come inside the first floor near Shake Shack. But you’ll have to first get through the two K9s flanking our front doors on Michigan Avenue. Don’t worry — they won’t bite. Or will they?
K9s for Cops is more than a citywide art installation. It’s a campaign to raise awareness and funds for two very important organizations: the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation to remember police officers either killed or seriously injured in the line of duty; and PAWS Chicago’s PAWS for Life, which assists lower-income Chicagoans to get their pets spayed or neutered and to help them with free medical care for their pets. We’re incredibly proud to be taking part in this wonderful campaign and can’t wait to see your reaction when you see these super cool canines at the hotel and all over the city.