Announcement: Meow MeetUp Suspended Over Coronavirus Outbreak
Hello cat lovers!!
Due to increasing concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, and to help protect the health and safety of the public, our sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers and of course, the adoptable cats, Meow MeetUp is going to be suspended until more information is known about how coronavirus is going to evolve and how it will affect the people and animals of the United States.
The Catnip Times is currently exploring other options or potential dates later in the year. We’ll keep you posted as information develops.  
Thank you for understanding. Stay safe. Wash your hands. And cuddle with your kitties!
All the best,
Lauren Mieli
Founder, Meow MeetUp & The Catnip Times

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Cat convention creates feline frenzy in Chicago suburb

CHICAGO - If you fancy felines, there was a Chicago-area event you'll be sorry you missed. It was called "Meow Meetup Chicago," and it drew 2,300 cat lovers from across the Midwest. The event at the Donald E.

CBS:  “Meow MeetUp is Catnip for Cat Lovers”

This Weekend's Meow Meetup Is Catnip For Cat Lovers

CHICAGO (CBS) - For cat lovers, it's the purr-fect way to spend the weekend with furry, four-legged friends from around the Midwest. The first-ever Meow Meetup, sponsored by the Catnip Times blog is taking place on July 21-22 at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

Daily Herald:  “Her Cat Blog Has Over 1 Million Followers…”

Her cat blog has more than 1 million followers. Now she's starting a cat convention in Rosemont.

The founder of a popular blog about cats -- that has more than 1 million followers -- is bringing her educational programs from the digital world to the real world this weekend in Rosemont. Lauren Mieli of Palatine started The Catnip Times six years ago, and along with her legions of cat fans that read her blog, "hundreds of thousands" more visit the website.

Chicago Reader: “Meow MeetUp Slideshow”

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Chicago Reader: “Chicago’s First Cat Convention”

Chicago's first-ever cat convention was like catnip to fans of felines

click to enlarge The first rule of Meow Meetup: When other attendees ask about your Instagram, it's a trick question. What they're inquiring about isn't you-sorry, human-it's your cat's social media presence. It's a pretty good time to be alive if you're a Felis catus. Or so it seemed at Chicago's first-ever cat convention.

Daily Herald: “Going to the Cats?”

Going to the cats? Rosemont convention caters to feline fans

Dogs get special parks, nationally televised kennel club shows, chances to compete in leaping and agility competitions, and much more. It's about time cats and the people who love them got their due. At least that's what Palatine cat blogger Lauren Mieli figured when she organized this weekend's inaugural Meow Meetup Chicago, a two-day convention for fellow cat lovers.

Chicago Sun Times “Things to Do” in Chicago

Things To Do In Chicago This Weekend

CHICAGO (CBS) - There are many festivals and activities happening around the city and suburbs this weekend. Pitchfork Music Fest Pitchfork Music Festival kicks off Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22. The fest takes place in Union Park in Chicago. Tickets range from $75-$175. To see the full lineup and more information, click here.

Chicago Sun Times “Have Fun in Chicago” Guide

Have fun in Chicago this weekend! July 20-22

Making weekend plans? We've got some suggestions that just might fill the bill. Check out our Sun-Times "Have Fun in Chicago" guide for events for you and your family: An underwater-inspired oasis awaits July 20-July 29 at the 900 North Michigan Shops.

Steve Dale Talks about Meow MeetUp on the Bill & Wendy Show

Bill and Wendy Full Show 7.9.18: Saturday Night

Today's guests include Dave Hoekstra, Steve Dale, and Eric Zorn! Bill and Wendy are back together again after their long holiday break. They talk to Dave Hoesktra about his upcoming WGN Radio trip to Ireland. Then, noted pet expert Steve Dale stops by to talk about Meow MeetUp Chicago, the firing of director of Chicago Animal Care and Control Susan Russell, and more!

Steve Dale’s Pet World w/ Lauren Mieli & Dr. Kendall Houlihan

Steve Dale's Pet World 7/8/2018

Steve Dale is joined by Dr. Kendall Houlihan and CEO and Co-Founder of the Catnip Times, Lauren Mieli Morales, to get a full rundown on the upcoming Meow Meet Up - the largest cat convention in Chicago. Held July 21-22 at the Donald E.

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3,000 Cat Enthusiasts Are Expected To Attend First Meow Meetup In Rosemont | Journal & Topics Media Group

Lauren Mieli, organizer of the Meow Meet Up, with her lovely companion, Jady. An estimated 3,000 cat enthusiasts are expected to attend the first-ever Meow Meetup at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont July 21-22. The pet project of Catnip Times owner Lauren Mieli, the event will join the plethora of cat gatherings around the country.

Steve Dale for Matt Bubala featuring Lauren Mieli & Meow MeetUp

Full Show 6-2-2018: Steve Dale in for Matt Bubala

Steve Dale fills in for The Matt Bubala Show this weekend, which may be the last weekend WGN Radio broadcasts from the Allstate Showcase Studio. WGN's legal expert, Karen Conti joins the show to chat with Steve about Rod Blagojevich and Martha Stewart on whether or not they should be pardoned.

Steve Dale’s Pet World

Steve Dale's Pet World 5/27/2018

July 21-22 marks the largest cat convention in Chicago - Meow Meet Up. Steve Dale is joined by CEO and Co-Founder of the Catnip Times, Lauren Mieli Morales, to discuss what the Catnip Times is and how it has evolved throughout the years.