On the edge of Lincoln Park Zoo is a stunning red brick, green roof structure that hosts myriad events from private galas to movie premiere receptions. But Cafe Brauer’s history dates back more than 100 years ago when it was originally a popular restaurant owned and operated by the Brauer family, as seen in this photo. Though the dining business closed in the 1940s, it was still top of mind for many local historians that praised its Prairie School style of architecture earning the building a place on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 as well as Chicago landmark status in 2003. After a number of renovations, today Cafe Brauer can accommodate up to 250 for a seated dinner. The original architecture and skylights, as well as accompanying modern décor featuring chandeliers, flowering centerpieces and candlelight still hints at its gilded past.
Cafe Brauer is adding to its 100-year life with its latest renovations.