HBCH January 2015 : Page 118

EXPLORE | HOODS WEST LOOP, BURNING BRIGHT Follow the smoke signals to Chicago’s hottest new neighborhood. By Brandy Kraft l Photography by Angela Conners, except where noted Below Grand Avenue, west of the Chicago River, bound by Ashland Avenue to the west and the Eisenhower Expressway to the south, lies an industrial area that is rapidly changing. It’s a curious section of town, and its quick gentri cation has caught the attention of some of the city’s biggest players. Real estate tycoon Marc Bushala and hotel chain Soho House are just a couple of residents whose visions are changing the face of this area. Many former manufacturing and warehouse buildings are being transformed into lofty o ce spaces for big tech companies like Google, as well as restaurants, art galleries and boutiques. Here’s a look at the best new additions in what is known as Chicago’s West Loop. HOTEL 113 N. Green St. The largest of all the Soho Houses opened in Chicago this past summer. The in-house design team and owner Nick Jones created a chic environment for travelers and locals alike. Together, they unveiled a space that is modern and artsy, yet with an authentic Chicago vibe. Nods to the building’s original purpose and appearance as the Allis belt factory are sprinkled throughout—in the name of the front bar and cafe, and the way the original watershed tower on the roof was dismantled and reconstructed in the entryway around the elevators. Rooms from $100 Soho House Chicago SO HOT RIGHT NOW Soho House Chicago boasts a contemporary art collection by over 200 artists that is largely comprised of local talent—whose works are on view at the ground-fl oor Allis lobby bar. The Chicken Shop and Pizza East restaurants, along with its full-service spa and barber shop, Cowshed, are also open to the public. GALLERY ALLIS LOBBY IMAGE COURTESY OF SOHO HOUSE CHICAGO Kasia Kay Gallery 215 N. Aberdeen St. Art is the driving force that is transforming the West Loop, where you can’t leave the scene without popping into one of many galleries. Kasia Kay of Kasia Kay Gallery has been in the West Loop since 2006. “It’s raw and eclectic,” she says, “and it has a great, lively vibe.” Kay has welcomed Rubem Robierb to the gallery’s roster this year and is proud to welcome back Kim Curtis for her fourth solo show late this winter. The gallery’s new line of Fine Art Wallpapers (Kay’s collaboration with fi ne artists to create custom wallpaper designs) have garnered some much-deserved attention since its inception one year ago, and is also on display. This year, Kay plans to expand the collection and is reviewing several new pattern designs for the growing market. 118 INTERIORS WINTER/SPRING 2015 WINGING IT Rubem Robierbʼs “Beige Butterfl y on Pearl II” (2013-14), available at Kasia Kay Gallery

Explore Hoods

Brandy Kraft

Tech head offices (read: Google), the city’s top restaurants and the latest buzzworthy boutiques are taking over the gritty, industrial warehouses of the West Loop.

WEST LOOP, BURNING BRIGHT

Follow the smoke signals to Chicago’s hottest new neighborhood.

Below Grand Avenue, west of the Chicago River, bound by Ashland Avenue to the west and the Eisenhower Expressway to the south, lies an industrial area that is rapidly changing. It’s a curious section of town, and its quick gentri¬ cation has caught the attention of some of the city’s biggest players. Real estate tycoon Marc Bushala and hotel chain Soho House are just a couple of residents whose visions are changing the face of this area. Many former manufacturing and warehouse buildings are being transformed into lofty o ce spaces for big tech companies like Google, as well as restaurants, art galleries and boutiques. Here’s a look at the best new additions in what is known as Chicago’s West Loop.

GALLERY
Kasia Kay Gallery
215 N. Aberdeen St.

Art is the driving force that is transforming the West Loop, where you can’t leave the scene without popping into one of many galleries. Kasia Kay of Kasia Kay Gallery has been in the West Loop since 2006. “It’s raw and eclectic,” she says, “and it has a great, lively vibe.” Kay has welcomed Rubem Robierb to the gallery’s roster this year and is proud to welcome back Kim Curtis for her fourth solo show late this winter. The gallery’s new line of Fine Art Wallpapers (Kay’s collaboration with fine artists to create custom wallpaper designs) have garnered some much-deserved attention since its inception one year ago, and is also on display. This year, Kay plans to expand the collection and is reviewing several new pattern designs for the growing market.

HOTEL
Soho House
Chicago
113 N. Green St.

The largest of all the Soho Houses opened in Chicago this past summer. The in-house design team and owner Nick Jones created a chic environment for travelers and locals alike. Together, they unveiled a space that is modern and artsy, yet with an authentic Chicago vibe. Nods to the building’s original purpose and appearance as the Allis belt factory are sprinkled throughout—in the name of the front bar and cafe, and the way the original watershed tower on the roof was dismantled and reconstructed in the entryway around the elevators. Rooms from $100

RESTAURANT
Bar Takito 201 N. Morgan St.

Executive Chef David Dworshak finds love in the marriage of bar and kitchen. aBar Takito combines unexpected food items with spirits to create cocktails that will stand out among the rest. You’ll find pumpkin oil and homemade herb syrups as common staples behind the bar. Same is true for the food menu. The beer-infused tortillas in the coffee-braised beef dish add a subtle flavor of hops to a dish that’s irresistible, and the arepas filled with Spanish beer-infused sheeps’ milk are sweet, spicy and packed with Latin flavor. Live music every Thursday at 8pm is another reason not to miss this cool kid on the block.

OFFICE
Nansen 400 N. Morgan St.

Swedish digital agency Nansen is the newest office on the block. This Scandinavian company grew its Chicago branch from four employees to nearly 40 in just four years and has now moved into a 6,000-squarefoot office in the West Loop to meet its growing demands. The space was designed by award-winning Swedish architecture firm Elding Oscarson and has a completely different feel from the offices in the area. Even though industrial elements like high ceilings, exposed brick and recycled floor make up the space, the office feels like something foreign and futuristic. “It was important for us to create an inspiring office environment,” says Nansen President Jonathan Pettersson. “We want our employees to be proud to work here,” he adds.

BOUTIQUE
Morlen Sinoway Atelier 1052 W. Fulton Market

Well-traveled Chicago native Morlen Sinoway can sit and talk with you for hours about Scandinavian design fairs and underground jazz clubs. But his real expertise is designer furniture, and his eponymous showroom in Fulton Market is your destination. The Atelier has been in the West Loop since 2000, at a time when there were only meatpacking and machine factories. “I was originally attracted to this area because it was a high-energy window to the real world, and it still is,” says Sinoway of the surrounding district. That foresight is a reflection of the store’s progressive inventory: Oluce lighting, Carlo Moretti stemware, Fritz Hansen furnishings and more.

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