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Touring Cat Circus Returns to Hometown Chicago For 6 Shows This Weekend

By Alisa Hauser | October 17, 2017 1:09pm
 The Amazing Acro-cats, a cat circus act, is coming to Chicago.
The Amazing Acro-cats, a cat circus act, is coming to Chicago.
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NOBLE SQUARE — Whoever said you can't herd (or train) cats has not met Samantha Martin, who will bring her circus troupe of felines, The Amazing Acro-Cats, back home to Chicago this weekend.

The show features a cat walking on a tightrope, a cat riding a skateboard and an all-cat rock band, "Tuna and the Rock Cats" among other highlights.

Founded in Chicago in 2005, the long-running show tours nine months out of the year and has been featured on "National Geographic," "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" and "Animal Planet."

This week's show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday though Sunday and two matinees at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St.

Buy tickets — $21 for students and seniors, $23 adults and $33 for Very Important Cat Person — online.

The performance group is composed of formerly stray or orphaned cats, and the troupe aims to promote the benefits of cat adoption and cat training through its shows.

Scenes from a 2011 Acro-Cats show. [DNAinfo/Alisa Hauser]