Behind the scenes at control, the folks at SafeHouse, the hotly-anticipated secret agent-themed bar/restaurant from Milwaukee, have been quietly amounting assets. The concept is headed for 630 N. Rush St. in River North, and SafeHouse has been interviewing (they call them casting calls) for prospective employees. Those jobs ads reveal that SafeHouse will open soon.
SafeHouse’s history spans back to 1966 when the first and only location opened in Milwaukee. Their menu contains a plethora of spy references from books and TV including riffs on Mission: Impossible, James Bond and even real life espionage—there’s a wrap called El Chapo. Management has been coy about any details, including menu tweaks, regarding the Chicago location.
Any good spy knows its important not to blow one’s cover, and SafeHouse recognizes that. Take a look at their ad for host/hostess: "Control, the mastermind and governing force behind the SafeHouse, is seeking undercover service agents to join our creative team...Our employees play a vital part in perpetuating our spy culture and creating an authentic espionage experience for visiting agents."
There could be quite a Mad Magazine-like rivalry in River North developing, as SpyBar has been doing their undercover thing for 21 years in Chicago. SafeHouse reps said they’ll share more details soon. The bar/restaurant is slated to open at AC Hotel Chicago Downtown, the Marriott property at Rush and Ontario streets.