Windy Kitty Cat Café & Lounge News: Come Join Us!


I talk about how pets are affected by the solar eclipse, and also the effects on wildlife, on my WGN Radio Show, Steve Dale’s Pet World, with newsman Dometi Pongo to start the show. Listen HERE.

Most of all, check out my conversation about the Windy Kitty Cat Cafe & Lounge with Chris Poole, and Instagram and Facebook stars Cole & Marmalade.

With Jenny Tiner and unnamed hot dog friend

Jenny Tiner describes the cat café, which is set to open before year’s end in Bucktown on North Avenue. And, Poole is a supporter, too, and, before he heads off to Africa to work with big cats, he describes why he supports Tiner’s efforts with small cats. Poole is no doubt an internet star (or at least Cole and Marmalade are), and he offers his opinion about why cats are so popular online.

One thing we all love about cat cafés is that they facilitate adoptions, and Tiner will work with ALIVE Rescue to do just that, and also will support adoptions, mostly from Chicago Animal Care & Control.

Cole and Marmalade


Windy Cat Café & Lounge will:

  • Be a tourist destination
  • Offer educational opportunities (such as veterinarians talking about cat health, or experts speaking on raising bottle babies)
  • Offer entertainment (like cat yoga, cat film festivals, cat comedy, etc.)
  • Provide an adoption outlet

The lease has been signed, and, if you want a preview to the Windy Kitty Cat Café & Lounge, come down September 1 (I will be the host) or September 2 (Chris Poole will host).

Below are details from Tiner, and HERE is an opportunity to sign up . 

Hello Chicago cat lovers! Join us Friday, September 1 or Saturday, September 2 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at 1746 W. North Avenue for a sneak peek weekend of our location! Come enjoy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, fun, a silent auction, raffles, and the chance to meet some of our special guests, Steve Dale and Cole and Marmalades daddy, Chris Poole!

On Friday night, we will have animal behavior expert, WGN talk show host, and blogger Steve Dale! Steve has been our biggest supporter. He has had me on WGN to talk all things cat café, he has written blogs for and about us… he’s helped promote us in so many ways. Come thank and/or pick the brain of the hero of the hour!

On Saturday night, we will have papa to Cole and Marmalade, Chris Poole! Yes, you read that right… Come meet the big cat rescuer, animal advocate and daddy to the inimitable Cole and Marmalade. Not only will he be there to hang with us, he’s bringing goodies that will be up for auction. Get your cameras ready!

We have more than 30 cat-focused Instagram accounts donating items to our auction and a ton of artists from around the U.S. donating art! As you may have guessed, a lot of that art will be feline-focused. Follow us on InstagramFacebook, or Twitter for daily announcements of who is donating! You won’t believe what we have in store for you!

Can’t make it but still want to help!? Donate to our Amazon Wishlist by following the link below: 
laughThe Windy Kitty Amazon Wishlist


Tiner and I also talk about how CEVA Animal Health stepped up to support Windy Kitty.

Jenny answers several cat café questions from listeners.

I also answer a question about the stray hold for Chicago Animal Care & Control.