Untitled Brings the Speakeasy Back
by madeline skaggs
Steps below the streets of River North, you’ll find a grand new homage to the old days of speakeasies and sidecars. It’s Untitled, a new restaurant and lounge that covers 18,000 square feet and boasts four bars, a stage, and a variety of revamped classic eats. Walk through the mammoth unmarked double doors on West Kinzie Street and down the understated stairway, and you’re transported to the days of flapper girls and dapper guys. Wingback chairs and sumptuous leather-paneled walls beckon guests to the library, which boasts about 255 American whiskeys (the largest selection in the nation), starting at $6 with the Zackariah Harris up to $199 with the rare 16-year A.H. Hirsch Reserve ($199). A Champagne bar in the nearby dining room offers 17 types of bubblies by the glass.
In the roomy lounge, the sounds of live jazz and blues transport guests noshing on supper-club-inspired plates such as oysters Rockefeller, Manhattan clam chowder, and rib eye with bone-marrow butter. Regarding the establishment’s trendy vibe, Untitled’s COO Art Mendoza says, “A lot of people have told us it’s time someone brought New York to Chicago. And our reply is, ‘No, it’s time we brought Chicago back to Chicago.’” With a mix of first-class spirit offerings and speakeasy-chic surroundings, that’s just what Untitled has done. 111 W. Kinzie St., 312-880-1511
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