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New Bucktown Cat Cafe Teaming Up With Local Coffee Shop

They can offer customers coffee and make lawmakers happy

Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

The owners of the Windy Kitty Cat Cafe and Lounge could open as early as next week in Bucktown as they wait for city approvals. City officials are trying to figure out how to regulate cat cafes, and they’re prohibiting food preparation, fearful of how animals interact on premises. But Windy Kitty have a solution — they’re partnering with Gallery Cafe, the coffee shop up the street at 1760 W. North Avenue.

Customers could order a coffee or pastry at Windy Kitty, 1746 W. North Avenue, and they’ll be prepared over at Gallery and brought to the cat cafe. This way Windy Kitty will be able to offer food and coffee without violating any city ordinances. So far, the only cat cafe license holder in Chicago is The Catcade, a Lakeview retro-gaming spot that can only serve drinks. Windy Kitty made the announcement about the partnership with Gallery Cafe on Instagram.

Having experienced baristas, instead of relying on a janky break room coffee machines, is also a plus. They’re working on some adorable latte prints. If all goes well, the cats — from Alive Rescue in Roscoe Village — could arrive over the weekend, said co-owner Jenny Tiner. If customers can’t wait, they can at least get a coffee with a cat print before the opening at Gallery Cafe. Stay tuned for more details in the coming days.

Windy Kitty Cat Cafe and Lounge

1746 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL Visit Website

Gallery Cafe

1760 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 252-8228 Visit Website