A primo sourcing grounds for picnic provisions or a casual cafe meal, Publican Quality Meats is the latest food enterprise by the never-miss restaurant team behind Avec, Publican, and Big Star. Billed as a contemporary American butcher shop, its sleek counter beckons with house-made salumi, sausages, and terrines, as well as artisan cheeses and homemade breads and pastries. Pack your basket accordingly.
825 W. Fulton Market, (312) 445-8977.
For their roving, event-based Volume Gallery, Claire Warner and Sam Vintz pluck contemporary American designers like Thaddeus Wolf and Rich Brilliant Willing and set up short-run installations at galleries all over Chicago. One of Chicago’s own, designer and metalworker Jonathan Nesci, created a collection for Volume called The New, which recalled banal forms like curbs and street lamps.
The goods at Arrin Williams’s year-old Andersonville shop, Haymaker, are mostly handmade by local artisans. Powder-coated-steel side tables by David Greene, hanging plant holders made from reclaimed wood, and coveted leather bags by Chicago-based Winter Session combine to achieve the perfect old-new, high-low variety. (773) 681-0798
Ian Schrager unveiled the first location of his affordable, frills-free luxury hotel chain, Public, in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Previously the historic Ambassador East hotel—which housed the storied restaurant and celeb haunt, the Pump Room—Public epitomizes Schrager’s new brand of pared-down sophistication. A giant cluster of resin globe lights brightens the all-neutral restaurant (still called the Pump Room), and there’s no velvet rope in sight.
From $135. 1301 N. State Pkwy., (888) 506-3471. Photo courtesy of Public.
The annual Design Harvest festival brings more than 50 vendors to West Grand Avenue. Oversize tents fill up with metal sculptures, handmade messenger bags, and beautiful wooden furniture by Chicago designers such as Jason Lewis. September 29–30. Photo courtesy of Design Harvest. This appeared in the Septembe,r 2012 issue.
Chicago’s beloved South Side hat shop, Optimo, recently opened a downtown location in the historic Monadnock building. A favorite of Johnny Depp and former Mayor Richard Daley, the new shop sells handmade felt fedoras and porkpies that appear to float inside custom display cases. (312) 922-2999. Image by Dani Vernon. This appeared in the September, 2012 issue.
The Park Hyatt Chicago recently renovated its restaurant, spa, and 13 suites. The Water Tower Suite, stocked with books on local museums and landmarks, is a dream for architecture buffs. Rooms from $395, Water Tower Suite from $6,000. (312) 335-1234. Photo courtesy of Hyatt. This appeared in the September, 2012 issue.
Last year, one of Chicago’s most popular restaurants, Longman & Eagle, expanded into an inn with the creation of six rooms. The owners, two of whom run the music venue Empty Bottle, built and outfitted the whole place. From $85. 2657 N. Kedzie Ave., (773) 276-7110. Image courtesy of Longman & Eagle. This appeared in the September, 2012 issue.
Chicago is the king of comedy, hot dogs, and extreme Midwest weather. But since the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the city has been reinventing itself. Today, clever design projects (such as “Color Jam,” shown) top the list of reasons the “Second City” is now second to none. Photo courtesy of Color Jam. This appeared in the September, 2012 issue.