In 1999 there was Chicago’s COWS ON PARADE
In 2010 Antioch welcomed DOGS ON THE CHAIN
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and auction bidders, over $20,000 was raised and donated to Open Arms Food Pantry,
Save-A-Pet, and the ACHS Scholarship Fund.
In 2010, Antioch hosted its first Public Art Program . . . Antioch’s DOGS ON THE CHAIN (of Lakes). This was a community art project that delighted animal and art enthusiasts of all ages. DOGS ON THE CHAIN transformed Antioch into a dog walking paradise. This brought together our local artists and our business community with the creation of life-sized, hand-painted fiberglass dogs that have found homes throughout Antioch’s Business Community, both in the Downtown and around the Chain of Lakes.
Although our Dog program concluded on 9/11/10, the fun doesn't have to stop there! Purchase a copy of Antioch's Dog Art Book for $14.95 from the Antioch Chamber. You'll enjoy the delightful artwork of our artists and an insiders view of Antioch's Authentic Downtown.
The Antioch Chamber of Commerce was proud to be the host of Antioch’s first public art program. Antioch’s DOGS ON THE CHAIN fulfills several purposes . . . it features local artists, boosts tourism, promotes local businesses and at the final event will benefit local organizations that are in need. The final auction of the dogs was held in the Fall and provided much needed dollars for our Open Arms Food Pantry, Save-A-Pet, and the ACHS Scholarship Fund.
Various contests and events for all ages were planned as part of DOGS ON THE CHAIN, beginning with our “WHO LET THE DOGS OUT” BUSINESS EXPO, where one lucky attendee won a painted dog. The fun continued through numerous events and promotions into the Spring, Summer and Fall of 2010, where another person will won a Designed Dog at our Paws for a Cause Dinner-Auction. All of our dogs behaved nicely while they waited for their "forever" homes.
DOGS ON THE CHAIN was hosted by the Antioch Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Contact us at 847-395-2233 or email us at AntiochChamber@yahoo.com for additional information.
(Photos shown are courtesy of Racine, WI)