Come In From The Cold At SafeHouse Chicago
The Password Is…
If you’re a fan of espionage entertainment, you’ll love the SafeHouse Chicago. It’s a new spy-themed hotspot hitting the windy city. It was spawned from the successful SafeHouse Milwaukee, founded back in 1966.
We got our clearance to enter the covert environment by providing the secret password to a shifty, fast-talking gatekeeper. Guests choose their agent names for their mission inside. Our agent names were, as you can probably guess, Agent Food (Diana) and Agent Travelist (Sue). Together, we did plenty of reconnoissance to get you top secret data on this fun new restaurant and bar.
Cool Spy Stuff
The SafeHouse Chicago is located in what once was a basement. Unique decorations include espionage artifacts such as the flight deck from an authentic spy plane donated by the man who flew it in WWII and a Cold War era piece of the Berlin Wall secured from covert operatives.
Several rooms make up the environment. They include the sleek Interpol Bar, the Spybrary, the Seduction Lounge and the Interrogation Room. For more fun, The Gadget Bar features a nightly magician. There are plenty of references to spy entertainment, like a painting of Sean Connery as James Bond and a giant photo of Maxwell Smart and Agent 99.
The SafeHouse Chicago serves specialty drinks and food that fit the theme. Menus display appropriately named food and drink that’s suitable for hungry spies seeking tasty culinary treats while waiting for further instructions from Control.
The beverage menu offers creative concoctions such as a Man With A Copper Mug (a mule on a mission including Tito’s Handmade vodka and real ginger puree), Spy-See (for the spies who like it hot), Mission Impossible, Great Spytini and other fun cocktails. There’s also a full bar and plenty of beer and wine. There’s also an undercover happy hour Monday – Thursday from 4pm to 6pm with special deals on sips and bar bites.
The SafeHouse Scratch Kitchen discloses their food manifesto revealing a team of highly skilled operatives serving a menu rich in handcrafted items made with fresh products from local purveyors. We had a chance to sample the fried C4 Cheese Curds, Spy Sliders, Stasi Twists (soft pretzels) Nachos Camp Stanley as well as The Columbian (South American flavors) and Was Lin’s Ahi salads. All the bites were tasty and went well with our cocktails.
If you’re looking for more than a bar bite, SafeHouse Chicago has you covered there too. Sandwich varieties include prime rib, chicken breast, corned beef, fried chicken, meatballs and burgers. There’s even a Goldfinger Grilled Cheese made with a variety of melty, cheesy goodness. All sandwiches include a choice of french fries or cole slaw, and you can upgrade to onion rings or fresh fruit for a little extra.
For those with a heartier appetite, you won’t be left out in the cold either. There’s Licensed To Kill Cheese Macaroni, Blowback BBQ Ribs, Furtive Fish Fry, The Station Chief’s Salmon (with a delicious Korean bbq glaze), JB Steak, Mata Hari’s Meatloaf and Tradecraft Tacos served with appropriate sides. There are additional sides as well.
Accept Your Assignment
You won’t go hungry or be bored in this entertaining and tasty addition to the Chicago scene. Be sure to spend plenty of time going through the various rooms and looking at the artifacts when you’re there. And, if you want to take home proof that you accomplished your mission, get equipped with some mercenary merchandise before you leave. We love our SafeHouse Chicago t-shirts and look forward to using our ray gun on our next top secret visit to SafeHouse Chicago. There’s even a fun interactive SafeHouse App available in the iTunes and Android app stores.
SafeHouse Chicago is open Sunday-Friday 11:00am to 2:00am and Saturday until 3:00am. Every Friday and Saturday, an Austin Powers inspired Shagadelic dance party begins at 10:00pm.
A Mission To Help Missions
One thing we especially like: for non-profit spy rings, the SafeHouse provides covert tools for fundraising. Every Tuesday from 5:30pm until 7:30pm, various charities take over The Gadget Bar for a battle between volunteers who want to raise money for their cause. In addition, they donate 20% of all revenue generated during that timeframe to the charity, as well as the tips that are given to the bartenders working.
For more information visit the SafeHouse Chicago website and get started on your very own mission!