Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc. announced the opening of RH Chicago, The Gallery at the Three Arts Club at 1300 North Dearborn Parkway on Chicago’s Gold Coast. This first-of-its-kind retail concept signifies the brand’s initial foray into hospitality with a seamlessly integrated culinary offering by celebrated restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff, which includes the 3 Arts Club Café, the 3 Arts Club Wine Vault & Tasting Room, and the 3 Arts Club Pantry & Espresso Bar. Guests can enjoy an ingredient-driven menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the central garden courtyard sitting under the heritage olive trees and listening to the sound of trickling water from the restored historic fountain, appreciate a glass of wine from the curated list in the Wine Vault & Tasting Room, or grab a coffee drink and a daily selection of Doughnut Vault donuts or pastries from the 3 Arts Club Pantry & Espresso Bar. The Gallery also features the first in-store presentation of RH’s newest business concepts, RH Modern and RH TEEN. Reclaimed, restored, and reimagined, RH Chicago spans nearly 70,000 total square feet across six floors, unveiling a glass-and-steel-enclosed Grand Courtyard, a Rooftop Park & Conservatory and a Lounge with Historic Performance Stage.
“It was clear from the moment we saw the Three Arts Club that this was a rare opportunity to build a ‘field of dreams,’ a lasting gift to the city of Chicago—where we could reimagine the retail experience by blurring the lines between residential and retail, indoors and outdoors, home and hospitality,” says Gary Friedman, RH chairman and CEO. “With great admiration for the building’s history and architecture, we are reestablishing this landmark’s relevance by harmoniously incorporating aspirational interior and exterior installations with an integrated hospitality concept unlike anything that exists in retail.”
Friedman continues, "I could not be more excited and honored to be collaborating with Brendan and his team on this first-of-its-kind project. I found Brendan's experience, working with chefs Alain Ducasse in Paris and Thomas Keller at The French Laundry in Yountville, and his vision to infuse the care and concern for cooking that exists at those famed establishments into the foods that we eat everyday inspiring. Being recognized for creating the best cheeseburger in America at Au Cheval by Bon Appétit and the Food Network, and also the best donut for consecutive years at Doughnut Vault, is no small feat."
Brendan Sodikoff, founder, chef and CEO of Hogsalt Hospitality, adds, "Rarely a project comes along that I feel an instant connection to. The team, location, history of the building and architecture captivated me. On my first walk-through of the space I could imagine myself dining under the glass atrium, a garden sanctuary tucked away in Chicago’s Gold Coast."
RH Chicago marks Friedman’s continued collaboration with design architect James Gillam of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger, a firm recognized as one of Architectural Digest’s Top 100 Architect and Design firms in the world.
The landmark was designed in 1914 by distinguished architectural firm Holabird & Roche and was inaugurated as a residence for young women studying music, drama and the visual arts. Honoring its cultural significance and singular place in Chicago’s urban landscape, the entire structure has been restored with great respect for its original vision in collaboration with the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, and now brought back to life with dramatic artistic abstractions and never-before-seen collections of luxury home furnishings in a gallery setting.
Upon arrival, guests will be met by the newly restored exterior and main, tripartite entrance on North Dearborn Parkway—a series of three arches reaching 19 feet separated by fluted columns with Byzantine capitals featuring emblems of the three arts: music, drama, and the visual arts. To the south, the building features sculptural reliefs of female figures, which are replicas of the Jean Goujon panels at the Fontaine des Innocents in Paris. A rhythmic series of towering Bosque Elm trees, sculptural boxwood hedges, and geometric topiaries in beautiful steel planters—all atop a canvas of decomposed granite—punctuate the base of the façade and provide a striking evergreen landscape. As night falls, the building’s architectural details and gardens are illuminated in a warm, painterly glow.