Restaurant, lounge and banquet facility.

The Bar & Banquet Room are still a part of the original structure built on this site in 1889. The Bar is original and was hand carved by the Chicago Bar Company. The building was originally at street level. There were swinging doors leading out onto a dirt road with hitching posts for horses (Irving Park Road).


The silent movie cowboy Tom Mix made a few of his movies here around 1900. They would use the Des Plaines River as the Rio Grande and our bar for saloon scenes. In the 1920’s, Al Capone sold the place booze and was spotted at the bar doing business with local gangsters. Witnesses say there were men seated on either side of him with shot guns watching the door.


Before its current use, the banquet room was home to a general store, mile depot, post office, gas station, barber shop, pool hall, and restaurant. The Irving Park Viaduct was dug in 1926 and our entrance was moved to the east side of the building. The main dining room and kitchen were added on in the 1980′s to expand the restaurant business. The Great Escape too over in 1992 and has been perserving, maintaining, and improving the property ever since. We hope you agree! Enjoy the food. Enjoy the hospitality. Enjoy the history.

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