I am the originator of this phenomenon. Back in 1993, I was the manager of a friendly neighborhood bar called The Local Option. It is located in Lincoln Park, Chicago IL. My pug "Knuckles" worked with me at the bar on the nights that I bar tended. He would greet and visit with the customers. We worked there for many years from 1987 through 1999. He developed quite a following and prompted a few customers to get Pugs of their very own.
One year we had a birthday party for Knuckles and there were 5 or 6 Pugs in attendance. It was great fun and most humorous. It was after that party that it dawned on me to have get-togethers several times a year. Let's see how many Pugs we can get together. I thought if we ever got 50 that would be unbelievable. Six years later, the mailing list has grown to 700 people. I have approximately 350 Pugs in the Chicagoland area. When we get together, which is 2 times a year, we have between 250 and 300 Pugs showing up. The events are coming in to the city with their families from downstate Illinois, northern Indiana, southern Wisconsin and surrounding suburbs. It's great, and I am happy everyone has such a great time. I have had a Pug for most of my life. My current one is "Knuckles". He is seventeen. So I go way back with these beasts. Maybe that is why I have become the "Pied Piper of Pugs". I don't know. But I do treat this calling with utmost honor, respect, and dignity.
I would like to thank all those who attend and participate at these gatherings.
It has been a lot of silly fun.
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bigger and better Pug Parties!
To gather as many Pugs in one place as possible! And have a great time with good friends and family.
12pm - 5pm
1645 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612
-Admission: Adults $8. Kids $4. Pugs free!
-Hundreds of Pugs expected! ..bring yours.
-Kid/Family Friendly Event
-Parking $5 w/validation & free street parking
-No need to bring a Pug to attend
-However it is P.O.P. Pugs only please!
-Food & Beverage available
-Pug Pen! (Sponsored by Barking Balconies)
-"Milwaukee Pug Rescue" on hand with fun Pug items for sale and adoption information.
-Costumes for Pugs & People optional.
Spring Pug Party! Saturday June 4th, 2016