Weekend Journal: PAWS Chicago’s Beach Party; 5th Annual Burgers & Beer 5K

FIRST GUEST: Lauren Buth, PAWS Chicago Director of Signature Events and Community Development

Get ready for the 14th annual PAWS Chicago Beach Party!

Once again, this year’s Beach Party will be held at Castaway’s on North Avenue Beach (1603 N. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago). Mark your calendar for Thursday, July 14th. The party starts at 6:00 PM, and goes until 10:30!

Our very own Lisa Dent will once again emcee the dog-friendly event that raises money to save homeless animals. And you’ll have fun in the process! Check out all the perks of the PAWS Chicago Beach Party:

  • beachfront dinner buffet
  • refreshing cocktails
  • music and dancing
  • great raffle prizes including a new car and wine tastings
  • silent and live auctions where you can bid on Blackhawks tickets, Billy Joel tickets for his show at Wrigley, trips to Sonoma wine country, Sundance Film Festival tickets, meet and greet with Jimmy Buffet, and more!
  • photo booth
  • caricaturist

And dogs will have a great night, too!

  • dog dinner buffet
  • doggie ice cream
  • pawdicures at the Paradise 4 Paws Dog Spa
PAWS beach party collage 2

Photos by Sparenga Photography courtesy of PAWS Chicago


Save $25.00 on your admission right now when you email beachparty@pawschicago.org with the title “US99” in the subject line!

Get all the info on individual tickets, group tickets, and dog tickets at pawschicago.org/beachparty.

SECOND GUEST: Joel Feinberg, Universole Sole

What’s better than running a 5K? How about running a 5K on Soldier Field and then devouring burgers and beer afterward?

That’s what’s on the agenda for Monday, July 18th at the 5th annual Burgers & Beer 5K Run presented by Shake Shack! All runners will receive a custom church key bottle opener, a complimentary brew from Begyle’s Brewing, and will have plenty of burger options (including vegan options) from Shake Shack!

Registration begins at 5:00 PM and the race starts at 7:00 PM. Head to universalsole.com to get registered!

Proceeds benefit Girls in the Game, a leading health and fitness organization for girls in Chicago since 1995. They provide and promote sports and fitness opportunities, nutrition and health education, and leadership development to enhance their overall health and well-being. Learn more at girlsinthegame.org.


  • JULY 7th: The Laugh Factory is hosting a benefit for the victims of the Orlando tragedy this Thursday at 8:00 PM. Tickets and info at laughfactory.com.
  • JULY 10th: The Laugh Factory’s Stand Up for Autism is next Sunday at 7:00 PM. Tickets and info at laughfactory.com.
  • JULY 16th: Heartland Animal Shelter is hosting their 10th annual dog-friendly 2k Walk of Love on Saturday, July 16th in Glenview at 9:30 AM. Tickets and info at heartlandanimalshelter.net.
  • JULY 24th: The PAWS Chicago 5K will be at Montrose Harbor on Sunday, July 24th at 9:00 AM with a dog-friendly walk at 9:15. Tickets and info at pawschicago.org/5k.

Weekend Journal airs Sunday mornings at 6:30 on US99.5 and 6:00 on US99.5 HD2 The Wolf.

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