CHSO April 2015 : Page 34

[NOW IN CHIC AGO ] Personal Touch “I tend to get attention for my signature custom bow ties. Michael Costello uses beautiful nishes that cinch the middle of the tie. It’s an exquisite design, absolutely stunning.” Blue knit knit gold bar bow tie, $225, costellomenswear@gmail.com French Connection “True to Jean De Merry style, these side tables are artisanal with a unique mix of feminine appeal and masculine lines.” Modules side tables, $16,493 (set of three), 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Ste. 1466, 312.527.1800, jeandemerry. com CHICAGO CHIC Designer Mikel Welch shares his stylish lifestyle. MY CHICAGO Cocktail Hour My favorite lounge is e Violet Hour . I’m a sucker for a nice cocktail topped o with hand-shaken egg white, so my drink of choice is the Gilded Cage. I love the speak-easy feel— you feel like you’re in a members-only club. 1520 N. Damen Ave., 773.252.1500, theviolethour. com Dining Out “Chicago has so many great restaurants, but if I had to choose one, it would be Nico Osteria . I love the open-kitchen concept and tend to sit at the bar to have a chef’s-table experience. My favorite dish is the Sardinian style seafood in brodo.” Nico Osteria, 1015 N. Rush St., 312.994.7100, nicoosteria. com STYLE BY DESIGN By Bianca Smith Designer Mikel Welch ’s star status is quickly rising and, lucky for us, Chicago is his launching pad. Just three years ago, the Michigan native placed fourth in the seventh season of HGTV’s Design Star . Now, he is the resident design expert for The Steve Harvey Show and runs his own interiors fi rm, Mikel Welch Designs. He was also chosen as one of the 26 designers curating a space in the 2015 Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens (open April 25, lakeforestshowhouse.com) and won a spot on the designer committee for the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Antiques, Garden & Design Show (April 17-19, chicagobotanic.org). Here, the dapper gent shares his Chicago favorites. Suited Style “ Suitsupply in the Gold Coast is always on trend. I work with one consultant who knows exactly what I like and constantly keeps me updated with the latest products, like this classic checked blazer made of E. omas linen silk wool.” Havana light brown check blazer, $399, 945 N. Rush St., 312.340.6909, suitsupply. com 34 CS APRIL 2015

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