Cards Against Humanity announced today that it is opening the first full-service board game cafe in Chicago, called the Chicago Board Game Café at 1965 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Logan Square, better known as the “Margie’s Candies building.”
The cafe will feature a full dinner menu; craft cocktails, beer and wine; hundreds of board games; and two escape rooms created by The House Theatre of Chicago.
We’ve been making games for almost 10 years now, and we’ve seen that games, food, and theater have an incredible capacity to bring people together and create community. It has been our dream for a long time to do a really ambitious version of a game cafe and share it with people. We hope it doesn’t fail in an embarrassing fashion. – Max Temkin, Cards Against Humanity co-creator.
The menu is inspired by markets and sidewalk cafes where locals might gather to play games in Spain, Vietnam, and Mexico. Executive chef, partner, and Chief Operating Officer Aaron McKay (Schwa, NoMi, Le Lan) is leading the culinary team with support from Chef de Cuisine Evan Behmer (Mercat a la Planxa, North Pond).
Guests can reserve a private table with a deposit which will be applied to food and drink purchases. Reservations include access to the building’s bank vault, which has been converted into a library for games, and a team of teachers who can recommend games to diners and help them learn the rules.
The Chicago Board Game Cafe will also be home to two escape rooms created by The House Theatre of Chicago, a non-profit theater company that has produced original work in Chicago for 18 years. The titles are The Last Defender, and its highly anticipated follow-up, Nova to Lodestar.
The House has always been interested in the interaction between the artists and audience, and games allow the audience to play inside the story in a hands-on way. The company members of The House are some of the most innovative theatrical designers in Chicago, and we saw a lot of potential to use the tools of theatrical design to do the heavy lifting of storytelling in escape rooms. – Nathan Allen, the artistic director of The House Theatre of Chicago.
The Last Defender is a Cold War-era thriller and debuted to rave reviews at The House in 2016 and then went on tour in Denver for 15 sold-out weeks. New and created specifically by The House for the Chicago Board Game Café, Nova to Lodestar is a harrowing rescue mission between two stranded spaceships. Each escape room can hold 16 players at a time.