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Wicker Park Bar in Chicago, Illinois by Akar Studios
September 20th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Akar Studios
The Wicker Park Sushi and Seafood bar occupies 3,000 square feet of the main concourse floor in the post-security area of Terminal 2 at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The 104-seat venue is distinguished by its clean, dramatically lit glass-front bar highlighted with an illuminated overhead soffit that has been suspended from the roof trusses above. The glowing ceiling element—acting as a beacon for the bar, guides the travelers into this concourse venue.
The design brief called for creating a high-end experience for the travelers that superseded all expectations. It asked for designing a modern looking seafood bar that would bring a refined sophisticated look to the terminal’s bustling concourse. Radiating off the bar, at both ends, are two lounges. The lounge seating areas have cabana-type structures that give the space a feeling of outdoor patios and also serve to ‘lower’ the ceiling height to make the lounges intimate and cozy. The restaurant extends almost 60 feet to form an enclosed rectangular structure, overlooking the airport tarmac outside and offering stunning views of the runway. A mix of leather-upholstered high stools, chairs and booths provide a laid-back relaxing atmosphere for the customers.
A rich palette of white, blue and brown is used throughout to create the look of this concept. The white polished stone bar top, use of stainless steel and the illuminated glass front gives this venue an urban quality one would expect to see in Chicago’s downtown hub.
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