Chicago’s Catcade: A place to play games and cuddle cats


Storm Aiken, Designer

Have you ever wanted to be surrounded by cats? Look no further than the Catcade in Chicago. The Catcade is located on Belmont Ave. and is full of the aforementioned furry felines. Cat cafés allow patrons to pay a small fee to play with the cats housed there. Most places like this—including the Catcade—are non-profit, which means that all proceeds will be going to care for the cats (and to keeping the place up and running).

They’ve put an interesting spin on the cat café idea, though. Instead of a café-like setting, there are arcade games located throughout the lounge. The games are free to play and range from a Nintendo 64 to old school Donkey Kong. There’s even a claw game that some of the cats like to sleep in. Not only that, but the Catcade hosts other events aside from lounge time. They have yoga classes where you can pet and stretch with the cats, as well as hosting comedy fundraisers called “Just Kitten Around”.

The owners are Shelly Casey and Christopher Gutierrez and they established the Catcade in August of 2017. Gutierrez and Casey’s mission is “To rescue cats from life-threatening situations such as high-kill shelters and to find friendly, quality homes for them through our adoption program”. They get their cats from everywhere, but they primarily get cats from places that have extremely high kill rates, like southeast Kentucky. Since the Catcade is a licensed shelter, and they’re no-kill, the cats stay there as long as it takes for them to be adopted. They offer same-day adoptions to those who can pass a general test and bring their lease or landlord approval as well as a photo ID. This means that if you find a cat that you love, you can take them home that very day. All in all, the Catcade is pawsitively purrfect and is a great place to go if you want to pet cats and play games. Be careful, though, because you might just end up going home with a new furry friend. Or don’t be careful and adopt yourself a cat, you’re the pilot of your own life.

Any questions that you have can be answered on the FAQ page of their website,

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