Restaurants and bars with an unusual past

The Bedford, Chicago, US

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Former use: bank vault

The Bedford, in Chicago’s Wicker Park is located inside the former Home Bank and Trust Company Building with restaurant occupying the basement level of the former bank, once home to its impenetrable vault. The vault door, which is sadly decorative, remains an imposing part of its entrance, a nod to its past, with many 1920’s elements also retained. Its decor includes a VIP room in a former vault lined with more than 6,000 working copper lock boxes, with all materials used reclaimed and restored from the original bank. The building itself, built in 1926, gained landmark status in 2008 as one of the most important historical buildings of the 20th century in Chicago.

1612 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622, US

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