Standing respectfully alongside Schuba’s Tavern, the Chicago institution that inspired its inception, Tied House is a modern celebration of the Lakeview neighbourhood’s historic icon. From the careful articulation of the neo-Gothic detailing in Schuba’s brick façade to the mirroring layout that orchestrates a contrasting arrival experience, Tied House is truly a reinvention of the storied music venue and bar’s legacy in modern, contextual form.
To create a breathing room for the historically-listed tavern both literally and figuratively, Gensler Chicago went for a modern feel and used “humble” materials. They incorporated Schuba’s ornamental brick work into Tied House’s backlit brick screen exterior to immediately tie the story into the adjacent, new experience. Inside, a colour scheme of deep evergreen, light ash, and stark white surround the Calacatta gold marble central bar and create a sense of warmth and openness.
The first-floor includes the bar and dining room, where Stellar Works’ Utility Chairs and barstools feature. So whether the doors are opened up to the spacious terrace on warm summer nights, or the curtains are drawn to create a cosier winter ambience as the nights draw in, the Utility collection's opposing qualities-clean-lined but soft, familiar yet utterly contemporary, masculine but with a feminine edge - allow them to work well in any environment.