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Inside Mako, the West Loop’s New Oceanic Omakase Lair

B.K. Park’s new spot is a sophisticated seafood den serving the ocean’s best

Mako’s omakase bar
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

From the chef who introduced Chicago to quality-driven, contemporary sushi at Lincoln Park’s lauded Juno comes Mako, a matured effort dedicated to a single omakase menu—up to 25 courses for $175—built of Japanese flavors via nigiri and cooked dishes. While the team has yet to confirm an official public launch, Tock reservations kick off tonight, though it appears that this evening is already fully booked. But, seats at 6 p.m. tomorrow are still available.

The 22-seat Mako—divided between white oak tables and 12 bar seats at a graphite and walnut wood sushi counter—was schemed by designer Amanda Lau (also responsible for Juno’s 2014 facelift), and her intent was to devise a space that embraces the organic patterns found in sea life. The bespoke bronze sculpture behind the sushi bar mimics a splash of water, while the linen mural spanning the opposite wall references ocean waves, as does the carpet below. Meanwhile, custom chairs upholstered in shagreen leather reference fish scales, and the abstract chandelier envisioned by lighting designer Rob Winkler were inspired by abalone, jellyfish, and luminescent angler fish shapes. Defined through a naturalist cream and soft blue palette, Mako lures guests into its underwater lair for plates of uni-laced king crab and seasonal nigiri.

Have a look around the space below.

Mako’s 12-seat omakase counter.
The dining room was designed with an earthy palette that represents nature and the ocean.
Mako’s table options for guests who prefer more privacy.
Mako’s tabletops are made from white oak end grain wood with a graphite finish.
Mako’s entrance.


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