Tour the Design Trends brought together an elite group of restaurant designers for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the hottest restaurants in Chicago. Attendees saw leading-edge restaurant design spanning a variety of industry segments and venues. We met with operators and designers for brief Q&A sessions, sampled some of each restaurant's exceptional food and beverage, and enjoyed a beautiful day in one of the world's premiere restaurant cities.
To get a rundown of the day, check out our Storify of photos and social media coverage as it happened.
We met at 1871 for a brief networking breakfast. 1871 is the home of more than 400 early-stage, high-growth digital startups.
Our networking breakfast was catered by Freshii and featured a short speech by David Grossman, president of Fresh Food Management, owner and operator of 15 Freshii locations.
The Latin-themed food hall by Robert Sandoval features 12 stations or market-like stalls offering Spanish-inspired mariscos (seafood), Mexican tortas and tacos, Peruvian-style stir fry and ceviche, salads and even burgers.
Brendan Sodikoff’s mini food hall caters to River North residents and office workers with a walk-up window offering three of the restaurateur’s greatest successes in one place.
Rooted in Asian tradition yet confidently modern, bellyQ is Chef Bill Kim’s redefined and modernized Korean barbecue restaurant in the West Loop neighborhood.
Designed in part by acclaimed New York-based firm AvroKO, this modern steakhouse from the Boka Restaurant Group and B. Hospitality Co. blends contemporary designs with antique flair to create an elevated throwback to classic Chicago dining.