We are Linda Schmidt and Andre LeMoine (collectively known as "The Schlemoines") and this is our store. Yes that's right, Cat & Mouse Games is locally-owned and family-run!
Who are we? Well, at various times we have been: a teacher, a librarian, an IT specialist, a pastry chef, parents, artists, gardeners, dreamers, geeks, travelers, and business owners. Clearly we are easily distracted and happily entertained. Mostly though, we're a couple of kids at heart who really love games and puzzles, and that's why we opened the first Cat & Mouse Games in Bucktown in 2008. Since then we've added a second store in the heart of Chicago's West Loop neighborhood.
That's Andre on the left. He loves Euro-style board games and is a teacher of squirmy middle-school students by day (bless him!) Then there's Milo, who will probably crush you in a game of Dominion, and is currently obsessed with painting Warhammer miniatures. Linda is on the right with her friend The Flash, and she's easy to beat at games right now because she needs more sleep. Son #2 is 14-years-old and elusive.
We have a LOT of games...
We have hundreds of unique game titles in stock, from games for young children to advanced strategy games for adults, and we continuously expand our selection. We read reviews, talk to customers and manufacturers, play tons of demo copies of board games, and attend conventions to find the very best in games and make them available at our store in Chicago. In addition to kids' games, family games, party games, strategy games, we carry such classics as chess, backgammon, and Go; roleplaying games; and trading card games. If we don't have what you're looking for let us know, 'cause we always like to hear about what kind of games and puzzles people are interested in.
BUT we're more than just games!
Here's the deal. We're young at heart! We've never thought that fun and games were just for kids, so we've always surrounded ourselves with wacky, creative, ingenious, beautiful, or playful people and things. We like:
- skill toys (we have a TON of yoyos)
- building toys
- educational toys
- arts & crafts
- science kits
- logic puzzles
- jigsaw puzzles
- 3D puzzles
- and more!
And so, you'll find all of those sorts of things here at Cat & Mouse, because we just can't help ourselves!
Thank you for visiting us online; we hope we meet you in one of our stores soon!