About Us

Animal Lovers Pet Salon was established in 1997 by Owner and Lead Stylist, Chip Francis. We are the first dog and cat grooming salon in Chicago, to perform pet grooming services in FULL VIEW. Our salon took the art of dog and cat grooming out of the "back of shop" to allow our customers to observe all stages of the process. Bathing, drying and styling can all be seen in our "OPEN VIEW GROOMING SALON". We are also the first to allow owners to be present and participate (if desired) in their pet's grooming. We do whatever it takes to make you and your pet as comfortable as possible while your dog or cat is being groomed. We make an effort to get to know our clients likes, dislikes and special needs. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. The result is a 90% re-booking rate and we receive a very high percentage of customer based referrals. We welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and groom your pet with the best groomers in the industry. Feel free to drop-in and visit us!

Owner and Lead Groomer

Chip Francis began his grooming career in 1990 in a small shop in Indianapolis as an assistant. It was a perfect fit for his love of animals and artistic skills. His talent flourished when he started work with one of the country's top poodle dog show handlers, Todd Patterson (Ravendune Kennels) in 1991.

Chip has groomed and competed in hundreds of dog shows including the highly acclaimed Westminster, in New York- 3 times. He loves the art of grooming and takes great pride in his work caring for pets. Chip has also managed several other successful pet grooming/boarding businesses before he went on his own.

Since those days, he has settled down here in Chicago where he operates his dream- a neighborhood grooming salon on Clybourn Avenue. He has lived here since 1994, and now considers the "Windy City" his home. Chip opened the salon as a "one man show" in 1997, and now operates the with the help of 5 caring staff members. He takes a "hands on" approach to running the salon and enjoys perfecting the skill of grooming and customer service. He is loved and trusted by his clients and the community has embraced him. Stop by to visit Chip and his staff anytime.