City Grange’s Former Lincoln Square Garden Center Being Turned Into A Large Play Area For Dogs

LINCOLN SQUARE — A boutique dog care business is building an outdoor play space for pups at the former City Grange in Lincoln Square.

Canine Social Club5508 N. Western Ave., is next to the now-closed Lincoln Square plant shop and has offered boarding, day care, grooming and other services to dog owners since 2009, said owner Samir Alsaraf.

When Alsaraf heard City Grange closed its North and South side locations earlier this year, he reached out to the landlord to secure the lease for the 5500 N. Western Ave. properties, he said.

There’s been an uptick in dog ownership since the pandemic started, and the expansion will allow Alsaraf to grow his business by offering his clients and their pets more amenities, he said.

“Right now, our play spaces are all indoors. This is an opportunity to have an outdoor place space for dogs when it’s nicer outside,

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