Chris and Shelly, co-founders and directors of The Catcade with Leo, resident kitty.


Mission: To rescue cats from life-threatening situations such as high-kill shelters and to find friendly, quality homes for them through our adoption program.

The Catcade is a non-profit, arcade-themed cat rescue, lounge, and our version of a cat café. Our lounge simulates a home environment. Cats are not kept in cages, instead they get to live in our 600 sq. ft. lounge where guests can pay $15 to visit the lounge and spend time playing, cuddling, and socializing our rescue cats. All of our cats are adoptable, with the exception of our resident cat Leo.  

As a guest you can come and hang out with adoptable cats in the lounge. You can bring your laptop to do a little work on our free wifi, sign up for our cat yoga sessions, or just sit around with a cat on your lap and play free-play arcade games, there's also Nintendo64 Mario Kart which is a fan favorite. Our hope is that you find a new family member and adopt them into a loving and caring household because all of our cats are vaccinated, spayed or neutered, microchipped, and ready for same-day adoption (pending an application process). If you are not able to adopt that is okay, because just by coming in and visiting you are helping to support our mission of saving cats. The entry fee goes to directly help offset the cost of medical treatment for the cats and operating expenses for the shelter. 

Who We Are

The Catcade was started by fellow cat lovers, Chris Gutierrez and Shelly Casey. They had one mission in mind when creating their concept and that was their love of felines and the need to “save all the cats”. They have traveled all over the world and in every location they visit their mission is to find the cat-related “thing to do”. After talking over the idea of starting a cat cafe for years, one night while watching bad reality tv the pair came up with the Catcade concept. In January of 2017 they officially started looking for a location and fundraising. On August 19, 2017 they opened the doors to The Catcade at 1235 W Belmont Ave in Chicago. They poured everything they had into their passion of saving cats and are proud of the work they do every day at The Catcade. 


Kit-Mas - adopted May 17, 2018

Bing - adopted October 7, 2017