On our last night in Chicago, we were treated to a wonderful experience at a restaurant called The SafeHouse. This is the second location for this spy-themed restaurant (the first being in Milwaukee) but I could definitely see it growing. In fact, during dinner, we mentioned several times that this would be a huge hit in the Orlando area.
Your first challenge is finding the restaurant. There is an address, but there isn’t a big splashy entrance like you’ll find at most restaurants. In fact, the only clues are a small plaque and a few signs – on a busy street like this one in Chicago, you have to look carefully or you’ll miss it!
Open the door to find a simple reception room. The receptionist asks who you are there to see. If you know the password, you’ll be let right in. Don’t worry if you don’t know the password though – you’ll just have to do something to gain access and prove you aren’t a double agent. If your kids are with you, ham it up – they’ll love it.
The restaurant is really amazing. Once seated, you’ll be greeted by your special agent and asked to make your own special agent nametags – which you are now known as …
Our agent – Agent Mardi Gras was as fun as her name implies and she didn’t let us off the hook at all. We had a variety of fun challenges throughout the meal that we had to complete. Being a competitive family, we relished the chance to try to beat each other to the answers, solve the puzzles, etc.
The atmosphere is upbeat, quirky and so interesting. We were encouraged to touch everything (especially the things that said “do not touch”), investigate to our heart’s content, and just have a good time. I won’t give away too many details here because I don’t want to ruin YOUR fun. Just know that the more involved you are, the more you will enjoy your experience.
I will rave a bit about the food. The menu had a nice variety of appetizers (we went with the cheese curds as recommended by Agent Mardis Gras), drinks (Spicy Margarita anyone?), salads, burgers, and entrees. For us, the standouts were definitely the MOAB (mother of all burgers), Nachos Camp Stanley, and Covert Chopped salad. YUM. The portions were very large, so keep that in mind – we did not leave hungry. In fact, we walked back to our hotel as we were so stuffed.
The intrigue continues even as you leave the joint. Exiting the place isn’t easy, but it is fun – I’ll just leave it at that.
This is a great place to take your kids for a fun night of entertainment and good food. It was the perfect way to end our trip to Chicago on a high note.
Thanks to The Safehouse for hosting us for dinner. All the opinions expressed are my own.
👉 Ready to book a great hotel for your Chicago trip? We love The Blake – look for rates for your dates at Booking.com