While SafeHouse, the spy-themed restaurant and bar imported from Milwaukee, won’t fully open until January in River North, Chicagoans will have the chance to enjoy some espionage much earlier. SafeHouse is unveiling a new gaming concept called EscapeHouse and it will debut on Nov. 21, also inside the AC Hotel Chicago Downtown at 54 E. Ontario St.
There’s no food or beverage served at the gaming EscapeHouse, but guests will experience an hour of power while working together to solve puzzles. Inside one room, called "Escape the Safe House," guests get to demonstrate if they have what it takes to be a spy. The second room is called "Saving The White House": In this scenario, guests find themselves locked in an exact replica of the Oval Office, trying to survive and discover secrets during a missile attack.
Reservations are already online. Each hour-long slot has room for 10 people and costs $35.
As for SafeHouse, ownership gives the Chicago expansion a tech upgrade, modernizing what worked for the last 50 years in Milwaukee. But not everything is new, as the decor will feature a few historic pieces of spy lore including a piece of the Berlin Wall. The spy-themed restaurant and bar, which is targeted for a January opening, will be divided into interactive sections—the "Interpol Bar," the "Spybrary," the "Seduction Lounge" and a space called the "Interrogation Room."
They’ve also unveiled a few menu items all with spy-themed names like "Fried C4 Cheese Curds" and the "M.O.A.B. (Mother of All Burgers)." Poutine, vegetarian and vegan items will also grace the menu.
Agents, stay calm—more information should leak out in the coming weeks. For now, read over those mission dossiers. Oh, and they’ll still ask for a password, just like the original Milwaukee location. Stay tuned.