This is a good news for dog owners in Chicago: New legislation will permit dogs to have lunch with their owners if they eat in outdoor restaurants. The bill is sponsored by John Fritchey, a state representative from Chicago, and only pertains to cities with over a million residents. The bill has already been approved by the Senate.
Implications - In many homes, dogs aren't just pets -- they're full-fledged family members. In these households, pets accompany their owners in nearly every daily activity, including dining out and shopping. Retailers and restaurateurs can cater to this market by providing water bowls for dogs, free treats and even menu items for customers' four-legged friends.