Wizard-inspired Immersive Potion-Making Experience with Vault Speakeasy & Restaurant Opens in Iconic 10,000 sq ft Chicago
The Cauldron, a name that brings fantasy to life in food & beverage spaces around the world, is opening its third location in the United States on Division Street in Wicker Park on April 29th. I took a sneak peak tour of the space and a potion making class with the owners. You’re in for a treat!
The Grand Opening is set for May 4th, 2023. In addition to the Grand Opening, The Cauldron Chicago will be offering complimentary green, red and purple lightsaber bubbling shots for each guest age 21+ to celebrate the grand opening and Star Wars Day, which also happens to be May 4th.
The Cauldron also offers an alchemy-style, wizard-themed speakeasy located inside the bank’s notorious safety deposit vault, which will serve a range of signature molecular cocktails that showcase science—the magic of our world.
The Cauldron Chicago is a 10,000 sq ft. former bank will boast a ticketed Potion-Making Experience, a walk-in restaurant & bar with weekly programming, a unique gift shop, and a wizard-themed speakeasy hidden inside the venue’s safety deposit bank vault.
The Cauldron’s signature, immersive Potion-Making Experience combines working magic wands crafted using proprietary technology at The Cauldron’s workshop in London (UK) with science-based drinks that bubble, smoke, and change color. It’s akin to a cocktail-making workshop meets an escape room using magic wand tech.
Tickets and gift vouchers for the award-winning Potion-Making Experience for adults and kids (corporate/group rates also available) are now on sale at thecauldron.io/chicago. Sessions start at $31.99 per ticket and include three drinks, magical materials, and supplies.
The Cauldron Chicago’s venue provides five spellbinding elements:
1. “The Potion-Making Experience” – A 1 hour and 45-minute class that draws inspiration from fantasy novels and magical lore. Upon arrival, guests receive a wizard robe, and a magic wand imbibed with patented IoT technology to brew drinkable elixirs with fantastical properties.
2.“The Vault” – An alchemy-style, wizard-themed bank speakeasy located inside the bank’s notorious safety deposit vault, which will serve a range of signature molecular cocktails that showcase science—the magic of our world. These cocktails are designed by The Cauldron co-founder David Duckworth and team of “Magicineers” to excite and strike at the heart of the fantasy fandom in Chicago.
3. Full-service Restaurant and Bar
4. Specialty Programming and Events – The Cauldron Chicago’s many rooms are perfect for private hires for large groups and special events. Additionally, there will be weekly events for DJ nights, Drag Performances, Geeky Pub Trivia, and Mario Kart tournaments.
5. “Tomes & Trinkets” – The Cauldron’s gift shop sells magical products, supplies, and gifts displayed on magic wand-activated retail shelves. Wonders available include everything from real-cast iron cauldrons, ink and quill sets, magic wands, and The Wizard Smart Switch, The Cauldron Co.’s Magic Wand-activated Smart Plug, allowing customers to make electrical items at home magic wand-controllable… putting imagination into action.
In celebration of the Chicago grand opening, the venue will be selling a limited number of “Everlasting Wands” for customers to have their honorary wizard names displayed on plaques in the space forever. These can be purchased in advance online here and customized or given as a gift.
The Cauldron is located in the Wicker Park area of Chicago on the corner of Division and Ashland with easy public transport access from the Division CTA station located less than a 1-minute walk away.
Opening hours will be Tuesday-Sunday starting at 5pm with extended weekend hours.
To book tickets visit thecauldron.io/chicago
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