One of my favorite outings during last week’s mad-dash through the US was a leisurely afternoon spent at Restoration Hardware’s new Chicago flagship. The building, known as the 3 Arts Club, was built in 1914 to house women studying music, drama, and the visual arts. Empty since 2003, the site was gloriously renovated under the guidance of California-based architects Backen, Gillam & Kroeger and perfectly showcases RH furniture and the company’s aesthetic. (You can read more about the process at Architectural Digest, and watch video highlights at YouTube.)
The crown jewel is the courtyard’s 3 Arts Club Café. Run by Brendan Sodikoff’s Hogsalt hospitality group — whose ever-growing Chicago restaurant empire is the source of most of my food cravings while in town, including the city’s best doughnuts — the steel-and-glass-ceiling lends the atrium space the feel of a winter garden complete with fountain. It’s a relaxed-yet-decadent spot to enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich with truffle butter and a nice glass of red wine. (Yes, that’s what I ordered, and the food was relaxing-yet-decadent, too. And delicious.)
Other smart amenities include free valet parking as well as the ability/encouragement to order a beverage and wander the store while you wait for a table. The building is so beautiful you’ll want to stroll all six floors, so be sure to allow ample time before or after your meal. Summertime on the roof deck is certain to be spectacular: I wonder if the RH team has any events planned to show off the space and the Chicago skyline. Here’s hoping yes, as a return visit is a certain.
all photos by jane potrykus
Restoration Hardware and the 3 Arts Club Café
1300 North Dearborn, Chicago (at Goethe)
restorationhardware.com // 3artsclubcafe.com