The CatCade of Chicago allows feline fans to enjoy an arcade atmosphere while in the company of kitties searching for their forever homes.
Two years ago, Chicago couple Chris Gutierrez and Shelly Casey dreamed of opening a cat cafe, and on August 19, with a lot of hard work and determination, that dream came true! Called the CatCade, the establishment is more than just a place for cat lovers to unwind in the company of furry felines, it's a place with a mission - to help find cats their forever homes.
"We're just two cat nerds who had this passion and said, 'What if one day we could just save cats [and] that could just be our jobs? Our purpose?'" Gutierrez said in an interview with DNA Info. "We want to make our corner of the world a little less s----y."
A registered non-profit settled in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, the CatCade features arcade games, movie screenings, and drinks, such as coffee, juice, and soda (or pop, as the Midwesterners say.) Set up to mimic the look and feel of a living room, the CatCade aims to place cats and potential adopters in a home-like environment.
For a $15 entry fee, visitors are free to enjoy the amenities for one hour while among the kitties that call the place home for now. Should anyone be looking to adopt, the $15 ticket price is taken out of the $10 adoption fee, and all proceeds go back into the operating costs of the arcade/shelter, paying for food, medical costs, and overhead.
"We're so passionate about this, it's been really cool to see people out there equally as passionate," Gutierrez said.
"At the end of the day, it's about cats. Yes, we have video games, yes it's a theme, yes it's funny, but at the end of the day our main goal is to rehome these cats."
If you're in Chicago, you can visit the CatCade at 125 W. Belmont Ave., in Lakeview.
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