Harry Caray’s Restaurant Owner Finds 'Secret' Vault

Bernie Tafoya
March 21, 2019 - 12:59 pm
Secret Vault found at Harry Caray's Restaurant

Courtesy of Grant DePorter, owner of Harry Caray's Restaurant

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The owner of Harry Caray’s Restaurant said there appears to be a hidden vault in his building and he wonders if it contains money from an Al Capone associate. 

Grant DePorter said the Harry Caray’s Restaurant building in River North was built in 1895 and for decades was owned by Frank Nitti, an enforcer for mobster Al Capone. 

“It seems like this building has a million secrets in it,” DePorter said.

The latest “secret” has to do with a bricked over doorway found in the basement in November. DePorter said that, with the help of the Chicago History Museum, he got building plans from a time when mobster Frank Nitti was going to have some work done on the building at Dearborn and Kinzie. 

“It showed that, behind where that door is, they installed a vault. Now, we’re just wondering, What could be in there?”

For now, the restauranteur does not plan any Geraldo Rivera-type reveal which turned out poorly for Rivera.

"I really wouldn’t want to just open up the bricks and find an empty room,” he said.

The latest “secret” has to do with a bricked over doorway found in the basement in November.
courtesy of Grant DePorter, owner of Harry Caray's Restaurant

Instead, Deporter said, “I’m trying to see if I can be more like McGuyver and see if I can get an ultrasound machine or something that I could look through the brick to see if there’s any massive anything in there.”

DePorter said he has time to figure out what he wants to do and that, “if we actually open it up, find any money in it, I’m going to split the money half with us and half with Frank Nitti’s family.”

Secret Vault at Harry Caray's Restaurant
courtesy of Grant DePorter, owner of Harry Caray's Restaurant

This isn’t the first time DePorter has unearthed secrets in the building. He said that, “Eleven years after we opened Harry Caray’s, we found a hidden room in the basement that was about 85-feet long and we had no idea it was there. And then, another time we opened up a wall and an address book fell out of the wall with mobster home phone numbers in it.”

He said he also found a safe. It was empty.