CHICAGO — When Luke Kriegel moved to Chicago in 2014, the first thing he noticed was the massive number of dog owners with their pooches walking the city streets.
The Southport Corridor resident quickly started the Dogs of Lakeview Instagram page that currently has more than 1,000 followers and has expanded to feature dogs from all across Chicago.
"In the beginning phases of the account, I was the one taking all of the pictures with my IPhone camera but as the account grew, people stated tagging their own dogs and used the hashtag #dogsoflakeview," Kriegel said.
Kriegel, who grew up with a golden retriever and has been a dog lover ever since, said one of the coolest things about Chicago is the city's shops, bars and restaurants being so welcome to dogs. He said the Instagram page has given him countless fun opportunities to talk to dog owners in dozens of neighborhoods.
He'd like to have 5,000 followers by the end of the year and hopes to feature dogs from neighborhood animal shelters in the near future.
Check out some of the Chicago dogs below: