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Restaurant Visit: The Publican in Chicago

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Restaurant Visit: The Publican in Chicago

Izabella Simmons October 20, 2011

Located in Chicago's West Loop, the Publican is inspired by traditional European beer halls. Designed by Thomas Schlesser of Design Bureaux Inc., the space is defined by a grid of globe lighting. "By using about four times the number [of lights] one might normally see, it not only makes a cloud of lights but also makes the effect more abstract. The use of common objects repeated numerous times is a trick Pop artists used to great success," says Schlesser. For more information, go to the Publican.

Above: The Publican street sign is pure Americana.

Above: 10-foot high cafe-style doors open up to the street.

Above: The repetition of the globes creates a dramatic effect.

Above: The logo reinforces the menu, which emphasizes pork in many forms, including aged ham and suckling pig.

Above: The warm-hued space is airy and dominated by high-back chairs and large walnut communal tables, a good setup for celebrating food and drink.

Above: The long communal tables could have been imported straight from a beer hall in Bavaria.

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