Rockwell Group executes TAO Chicago – the exclusive bar

Published on : Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Last September, TAO Chicago opened its doors in the city’s historic River North stone castle, revealing a completely transformed space featuring a multi-level restaurant, lounge and separate, adjoining nightclub designed by Rockwell Group. This is an exclusive bar decor ideas to steal from!


Originally designed by Henry Ives Cobb, the Romanesque Revival building was once home to the Chicago Historical Society, the Chicago Institute of Design, recording studios, and a series of nightclubs before TAO’s takeover of the 34,000-square foot space. Determined to preserve the building’s glory, TAO Group restored the landmark – known by locals for its haunted legends – by bringing good decor vibes through its Asian-influenced DNA.


The 34,000-square-foot granite structure will be outfitted with multiple levels, preserving the existing façade while also incorporating original details in the redesign like brick walls, arch floor-to-ceiling windows, and special geometry. While reflecting the aesthetic of existing TAO locations, the 300-seat restaurant will feature murals from artist Hush as well as TAO’s signature 16-foot-tall Quan Yin statue.


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