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Brunch is always better with our favorite human companions, but we?re a bit bereft when our canine BFFs can?t join the fun.

These Chicago spots are rolling out the red carpet for four-legged friends this summer; here?s how to treat your favorite fur-ball to the best day ever.

Start with brunch at the latest location of one of the city?s most popular diners: Nookies, which opened its lovely Edgewater location last fall. The restaurant just unveiled its 2,100-square-foot dog-friendly patio, where your buddy can lap up water and people-watch while you devour the cornflake-crusted French toast ($7.50).

Next, take yourself, your sightseeing out-of-town guests--and your dog--on a cruise. Dogs ride free on the Seadog Extreme, a boat that departs from Navy Pier and offers a thrill-park version of the skyline view (human tickets $28). (Trust us, it?s fun. But if 360-degree spins aren?t your dog?s thing, wait for the architecture-based Canine Cruise in July.)

Finish the day with the ?West Town Pup Crawl,? a new Tuesday-night tradition launched by Chicago Canine Concierge in partnership with four neighborhood bars with dog-friendly patios: J. Patrick?s, Clutch, Aberdeen Tap and the Matchbox. Dog-centric services and goodies will vary each week; hours are 6 to 10 p.m.

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