Three years later, the plan for the Blind Pig, a Fulton Market distillery, is dead. The project has instead morphed into City Hall, an event space and restaurant at Kinzie and Green streets. The 18,000-square-foot space at 838 W. Kinzie Street should debut this summer.
The mammoth operation is divided into several sections, including a 8,000 square-foot patio that connects to the 5,000 square-foot bar and restaurant with a long wooden bar, leather chairs, custom chandeliers, and ceilings 40 feet high. A second floor overlooking the 10,000 square-foot event space features art deco-style steel panels and a 40-foot marble bar, touches that pay homage to the building’s pre-1920’s origins.
The menu from Michael Taus (Charlie Trotter’s, Zealous, and Taus Authentic) will be laden with gourmet pub fare featuring ingredients from local purveyors. Thirsty customers can try cocktails and large-format drinks served table side from water coolers, or select a “kickback,” or mixed shot — a not-so-subtle jab at Chicago’s storied political machine — which can be purchased individually or in a flight. The beer selection emphasizes Chicago breweries, and promises eight local beers available on tap, in addition to cans and bottles. The wine list, however, takes a global approach and features wines from 15 countries.
DJs are slated to perform on occasional evenings, and City Hall will feature live bands on Friday nights from 10 p.m. to close playing funk, rock, and pop music. City Hall is a collaborative effort among 8 Hospitality (Joy District, Hubbard Inn), Atomic Hospitality (Untitled Supper Club, Morgan MFG), and Ham Hospitality. Crain’s first reported the news.
Stay tuned for more when an opening date is announced.