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Cards Against Humanity’s Logan Square Board Game Cafe Opening Next Week

At the cafe, opening in the Margie's Candies building, patrons will be able to choose games from a massive board game vault to play over dinner and drinks.

Director of games and retail Eric Garneau, chef Aaron McKay, Cards Against Humanity co-creator Max Temkin and escape room producer Nathan Allen are opening the Chicago Board Game Cafe in the Margies Candies building.
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LOGAN SQUARE — The Chicago Board Game Cafe, a restaurant, bar and game shop from the team behind Cards Against Humanity, is opening Feb. 14 at the Logan Square/Bucktown border.

At the new spot, which occupies 14,000 square feet in the Margie’s Candies building at 1965 N. Milwaukee Ave., patrons will be able to choose games from a massive board game vault to play over dinner and drinks.

The game vault will feature more than 300 games ranging from Scrabble, Monopoly and, of course, Cards Against Humanity — the subversive, sometimes raunchy card game — to indie games from all over the world.

The Cards Against Humanity team tapped Aaron McKay (Schwa, NoMi, Le Lan) and Evan Behmer (Mercat a la Planxa, North Pond) to craft the food menu, which is inspired by markets and sidewalk cafes in Spain, Vietnam and Mexico. Entrees range from $14-$60. Wine and cocktails start at $10.

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The Margie’s Candies building.

The cafe was designed to look like a town square with buildings, cobblestone streets and street lamps, according to Eater Chicago.

In the basement there are two escape rooms. The Cards Against Humanity crew teamed up with longtime creative collaborators and friends The House Theatre of Chicago on the escape rooms, called The Last Defender and Nova to Lodestar. Tickets for the rooms range from $39-49, depending on the time.

The board game cafe is the latest business to move into the Margie’s Candies building. Marz Community Brewing and Wormhole Coffee are also slated to move in.

The cafe’s hours are 4 p.m.-midnight daily. To reserve a table or an escape room, visit the cafe’s website.

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