Tree House’s Catfe Lounge Opens Thurs. Aug. 3!

The kittens are excited and ready to welcome guests “whee!”

Uniquely located inside one of the premier cat shelters in the country, Tree House’s Purrfect Roast Catfé is more than a cafe with cats; it is an extension of Tree House’s work to save sick, injured, and stray cats.

Catfe Lounge Opens Thurs., Aug. 3

Complimentary Coffee and Tea to Guests

As the first cat cafe in Chicago, we are working closely with the City of Chicago on the finishing steps of the cafe side (beverage brew and purchase) of the Catfe prior to officially opening that to the public.

However, the Catfe Lounge is ready! And the kittens are waiting to hang out with guests. We will serve complimentary beverages to guests including various coffees and teas which can be taken into our Catfe Lounge. Plus, guests will have an opportunity to rate the choices and help us choose our menu. And all the cats in our Catfe are available for adoption.

Catfe Lounge Hours (Kitty Hugs Free of Charge!):

  • Mon & Tues: Noon – 5 p.m.
  • Closed Weds
  • Thur – Sun: Noon – 5 p.m.

Reservations Available: Call 773-262-4000

One-hour maximum time limit

Walk-ins Welcome:

Guests with reservations will have priority

Guest Limits:

The cats are first and foremost our priority. And the Catfe Lounge also doubles as one of our cat adoption rooms – it is the cats temporary home while they await their forever home. Therefore, the number of guests who can be in our Catfe Lounge will be limited to six at one time and, currently, there will be a one-hour time limit on visits to ensure the kittens do not become too overwhelmed.


A Very Grand Opening + ABC7 Windy City LIVE

What a Celebration!

We were thrilled to welcome more than 300 guests to our Grand Opening Celebration this past Saturday.

This was a historic weekend for Tree House as we cut the ribbon on our new, state-of-the-art facility. We share this celebration and give many thanks to our supporters, donors, volunteers, and friends, both in Chicago and around the country, who helped make this dream a reality.

The festivities began on Friday with an intimate gathering for our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and a private reception.

(pictured l to r: Ald. Debra Silverstein (Chicago’s 50th Ward), Colleen Currigan, DVM, Tree House Board President, and Kerri Burns, Tree House Interim Executive Director)

More than 300 Guests Joined the Celebration

On Saturday, we were thrilled to welcome hundreds of guests who joined in our public Grand Opening celebration! Thank you to everyone who visited.

And 22 Cats Found Forever Homes

Plus, we adopted out 12 cats on Fri & Sat combined, and 10 more found homes on Sunday as many guests came back after meeting the cats!

Introducing Purrfect Roast Catfe

We also gave everyone a sneak peek of our cat cafe – the Purrfect Roast Catfe, prior to officially opening to the public.

Windy City LIVE (ABC7) Stopped By the Catfe Today!

And, we were thrilled to welcome Windy City LIVE – ABC7 to Tree House today to check out Tree House and the Catfe – Check out the video! Watch our website for more details to come about the Catfe, special tastings, and opening.

We are excited for what the future holds and for all the sick, injured, and stray cats we will be able to help – who will have a second chance.

Thank you to everyone!


Grand Opening @ Tree House’s New Facility

You’re Invited – Help Us Celebrate the Future

On Friday, July 28th and Saturday, July 29th (see schedule below), we’ll celebrate a Grand Opening Weekend for our new, state-of-the-art, animal shelter. Our new facility is one of the most innovative animal shelters in the country and the largest cat-focused shelter in the state of Illinois. Forward-thinking from its inception, Tree House’s new shelter, located at 7225 N. Western Ave, Chicago, is a model for what animal sheltering can be and exemplifies how far animal welfare has progressed.

“This facility changes the way many people think about animal shelters,” stated Tree House Interim Executive Director, Kerri Burns. “This new shelter provides an enriched, cage-free environment designed to reduce stress on the cats, improving their quality of stay until they find a home. And our new resident clinic enables us to provide advanced, in-house care to seriously injured and ill cats.”

New Facility Benefits

  • Cat catios (enclosed outdoor cat patios) providing fresh air and outdoor access for cats
  • Diverse cat adoption rooms equipped with heated floors, calming spaces, expansive windows and healthy stimulation options
  • Modernized, in-house veterinary clinic providing advanced veterinary care to resident cats and expanded care for cats with serious injuries and illnesses

Saving More Cats

In 2016, Tree House placed more than 1,000 cats in loving homes. Over time, this new facility will enable us to more than double the number of cats rescued and placed each year.

Grand Opening Weekend Schedule of Events

  •  Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Friday, July 28, 10:00 a.m.
  •  Public Grand Opening – Saturday, July 29, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    • Guided tours will be available during this time
    • Introducing the cat cafe