Walker Art Center's Internet Cat Video Festival comes to Chicago

Walker Art Center's Internet Cat Video Festival comes to Chicago
The world famous Internet Cat Video Film Festival will be hitting Chicago on October 19.

What happens when you mix Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub and the other cat stars of the Internet? Chicagoans will find out when the Walker Art Center’s Internet Cat Video Festival hits the city on October 19th. The popular event that has left cat fans purring at Minneapolis’ Walker Center two years in a row is hitting the road with a Chicago stop at the Irish American Heritage Center as part of the tour.

For the past two years, cat lovers have flocked to Minneapolis for the event to catch the videos and some of the feline stars of the Internet. After the inaugural event was such a hit, volunteers from Chicago Cat Rescue reached out to see if a road show was in the works with a possible stop in Chicago their ultimate goal. Cat loving Chicago turned out to be a purr-fect match.

“We are looking forward to mingling with thousands of Chicago cat-lovers, building awareness for Chicago Cat Rescue and having fun while we’re at it,” says Julie Adams. Chicago Cat Rescue is one of two local cat rescue sponsors. “That day will be a feline frenzy with multiple screenings of the film as well as afternoon family-friendly activities that are sure to entertain and amuse cat-lovers of all ages.”

The star of the event is the 75-minute cat video that features a wide range of cat-centric snippets that cover drama, adventure, comedy, music and more. There will be lots of fun cat-focused (and family-focused) activities that will feature a cat adoption event. Tree House Humane Society is the other co-sponsors.

“We are so excited to pair with Chicago Cat Rescue to bring the Internet Cat Video Festival to Chicago,” says Jenny Schlueter, Development Director at Tree House. “It’s an incredible opportunity to enjoy an afternoon of feline fun and show it’s support for all of the stray cats of Chicago, who we work so hard to help.”

Along with helping the two cat organizations, the event will be helping Chicago cats in need thanks to a pet food drive. Attendees are being asked to bring donations of canned or dry food to help cats in need in our community.

One of the special guests will be Crepes the cat, a Tree House alum, and the stare of the Catalogue video. Crepes is also the “writer” behind the Cat In the Fridge blog that promotes special needs cat adoption. Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub and many of the famed Internet cats will soon be starring in a PSA campaign to promote the capital campaign for Tree House’s new shelter.

Allison Brock of Chicago Cat Rescue is working with Walker Art Center to bring additional famed internet cats to the event. The film will be shown five times throughout the day and tickets to the event are $10 and may be purchased online.

Chicago Cat Rescue is a foster-based rescue organization that pulls homeless cats off the streets and alleys of Chicago and works to find them homes. The organization is in need of fosters and volunteers to help them rescue and adopt out more cats.

Tree House is the city’s oldest and largest, cageless, no-kill shelter that specializes in rescuing the cities sick and injured stray cats that often don’t get a second chance at rescue. Learn more about how to help Tree House online.

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