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Fremont & Its Retractable Roof Supplants American Junkie In River North Wednesday

Four Corners Tavern Group takes on more downtown.

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UPDATE: Four Corners officials wrote in to say Fremont will be open to the public on Wednesday. This weekend is only for private events.

Take a tour through Fremont and see how Four Corners Tavern Group revamped the former American Junkie space in River North. Wednesday's Today's opening day for the sleek, two-story lounge. Like Benchmark, Four Corners' popular Old Town haunt, it features a retractable roof and serves dinner and weekend brunch.

Studio K —which counts Boka, The Betty, Embeya, plus a slew of other Chicago projects under its portfolio— designed Fremont. There's a minimalist theme going, especially compared to the sensory overload that American Junkie provided. The wide-open spaces may attract groups of tourists or bachelor/bachelorette parties fed up with the normal River North grind. There's also a DJ booth so guests can dance the night away.

Check out the photos above, and see if Fremont makes guests forget about American Junkie.

Fremont, 15 W. Illinois St., (312) 874-7270, open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. The second floor opens at noon on the weekends.

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