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Kailley Lindman

12 Chicago Restaurant Bathrooms You’ll Want to Put on Instagram

Restaurants’ bathrooms can be as memorable as their meals

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BLVD’s bathroom looks comfy.
| Kailley Lindman

They may not be as talked about as much as a restaurant’s dishes, a bar’s cocktails, or the caliber of service at either, but make no mistake about it: Bathrooms in the places we dine and the bars we imbibe can leave a long-lasting impression. And while some bathroom experiences aren’t always for the best, there are plenty of spots around town that are gaining — and maintaining — reputations for restrooms that are as memorable as they are mandatory. From the biggest budgets to the biggest urinals, here are the city’s best places to do the business. Ordered from west to east.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Boiler Room

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2210 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 276-5625
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Customers might encounter some commuting déjà vu at this Logan Square hangout, where the bathrooms were built to mimic the doors and interiors of the El train — right down to hanging hand straps. 

The Boiler Room
The Boiler Room

2. The Mutiny

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2428 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 486-7774
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In addition to being known for its live music, cheap drinks, former onsite boxing matches, and punk rocker clientele, this Western Avenue dive claims to house one of the “oldest, giant-est urinals in the world.” Just to be clear, that’s code for “no excuses.” 

The Mutiny
The Mutiny

3. Eden

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1748 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 366-2294
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Do look up in the bathrooms of this farm-forward restaurant. Ceilings never looked better, and that’s all props to the palm leaf mural wallpaper that was printed in the Netherlands. Locally-made custom mirrors, quartz countertops, and classic subway tiles help round out the breezy and bright look.

Eden
Marc Much

4. Smyth

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177 N Ada St #101
Chicago, IL 60607
(773) 913-3773
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The bathrooms at this tasting menu destination are adorned with colorful fish wallpaper and wall hangings signifying special memories for husband-and-wife team John and Karen Shields. Take, for example, the framed menu from Charlie Trotter’s, the restaurant where the duo met while working together, or the note from legendary French chef Michel Troisgros.

The Smyth’s bathroom
Lou Stejskal

5. Dusek's/Punch House/Thalia Hall

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1227 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 526-3851
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When patrons aren’t getting creative on the dance floor at Punch House or at a concert upstairs at Thalia Hall, test your artistry in this venue’s subterranean bathrooms. Chalkboard paint covers its walls, creating a canvas for designers and wordsmiths alike to unwind in between eats, sips, and encores.

Punch House’s bathroom.
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6. Matchbox

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770 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 666-9292

The name of this River West bar says it all. Everything about it is small, except for the expertly made cocktails — which are often accompanied by a sidecar of whatever the bartenders can’t fit into your glass. As such, chances are customers will need to hit the restrooms at some point, and when they do, they’ll nee magical shrinking powers. They make airplane loos look large. 

The Matchbox
Matchbox

7. BLVD

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817 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 526-3116
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The restrooms at this West Loop newcomer are just as luxurious as the rest of the space thanks to details like a cream-colored leather chandelier, pink velvet ottoman, and several custom, 1950s-era vanities. Couple that eye candy with textured wallpaper, floor to ceiling gold mirrors, individual gold stalls, and a black marbled floor, and it’s easy to see why you’ll be reaching for Instagram in no time. 

BLVD’s bathroom
Kailley Lindman

8. Roti Modern Mediterranean

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10 S Riverside Plaza
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 775-7000
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Expect some serious photo opps in the bathroom of this fast-casual eatery, where a collection of Mediterranean-inspired tiles make up a floor-to-ceiling spectacle of bright colors and patterns. 

Roti’s bathroom at Ogilvie
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9. Bub City

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435 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 610-4200
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Ladies, if you step into this bathroom and think you’re in the wrong place, think again. That life-size male mannequin that’s perched up against the wall in front of a urinal is just for show, rest assured. Nevertheless, it’s only natural that the dummy dupes dames on the regular, especially when his costumes change as often as they do (the staff here has been known to dress him up for special occasions and holidays.

Bub City’s bathroom
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10. Barrio

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65 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 940-9900
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Compelled to create bathrooms worthy of conversation starters, DineAmic Group owners David Rekhson and Lucas Stoioff decided to design spaces that were at once noteworthy and necessary. In these parts, that means high-heel patterned wallpaper, vibrant pink ceilings, and, of course, a diligently turning disco ball.

Barrio’s bathroom
Mark Ballogg

11. Streeter's Tavern

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50 E Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 944-5206
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Visitors won’t miss a moment of the action at this Streeterville saloon, which features foosball, pool, and eats from Downtown Dogs until the wee hours every day of the week. That’s because the bathrooms here are equipped with two-way mirrors, giving folks on the inside a rare glimpse into the bar and its nightly bustle. Fear not — no matter how exposed you may feel, those glancing your way as they sip on pints are facing nothing more than their own reflection. 

The bathroom at Streeter’s Tavern
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12. The Signature Room at the 95th

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875 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 787-9596
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Between upscale eats, on-point cocktails, and a longstanding reputation for being one of the city’s most-luxe dining retreats, there are reasons aplenty to visit this sky-high institution. The same sweeping views that surround the dining room also extend to the restroom by way of floor-to-ceiling windows.

The Signature Room’s bathroom view
The Signature Room

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1. The Boiler Room

2210 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
The Boiler Room
The Boiler Room

Customers might encounter some commuting déjà vu at this Logan Square hangout, where the bathrooms were built to mimic the doors and interiors of the El train — right down to hanging hand straps. 

2210 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

2. The Mutiny

2428 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
The Mutiny
The Mutiny

In addition to being known for its live music, cheap drinks, former onsite boxing matches, and punk rocker clientele, this Western Avenue dive claims to house one of the “oldest, giant-est urinals in the world.” Just to be clear, that’s code for “no excuses.” 

2428 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

3. Eden

1748 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60612
Eden
Marc Much

Do look up in the bathrooms of this farm-forward restaurant. Ceilings never looked better, and that’s all props to the palm leaf mural wallpaper that was printed in the Netherlands. Locally-made custom mirrors, quartz countertops, and classic subway tiles help round out the breezy and bright look.

1748 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60612

4. Smyth

177 N Ada St #101, Chicago, IL 60607
The Smyth’s bathroom
Lou Stejskal

The bathrooms at this tasting menu destination are adorned with colorful fish wallpaper and wall hangings signifying special memories for husband-and-wife team John and Karen Shields. Take, for example, the framed menu from Charlie Trotter’s, the restaurant where the duo met while working together, or the note from legendary French chef Michel Troisgros.

177 N Ada St #101
Chicago, IL 60607

5. Dusek's/Punch House/Thalia Hall

1227 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608
Punch House’s bathroom.
Courtesy of 16 Inch on Center

When patrons aren’t getting creative on the dance floor at Punch House or at a concert upstairs at Thalia Hall, test your artistry in this venue’s subterranean bathrooms. Chalkboard paint covers its walls, creating a canvas for designers and wordsmiths alike to unwind in between eats, sips, and encores.

1227 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608

6. Matchbox

770 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
The Matchbox
Matchbox

The name of this River West bar says it all. Everything about it is small, except for the expertly made cocktails — which are often accompanied by a sidecar of whatever the bartenders can’t fit into your glass. As such, chances are customers will need to hit the restrooms at some point, and when they do, they’ll nee magical shrinking powers. They make airplane loos look large. 

770 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

7. BLVD

817 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607
BLVD’s bathroom
Kailley Lindman

The restrooms at this West Loop newcomer are just as luxurious as the rest of the space thanks to details like a cream-colored leather chandelier, pink velvet ottoman, and several custom, 1950s-era vanities. Couple that eye candy with textured wallpaper, floor to ceiling gold mirrors, individual gold stalls, and a black marbled floor, and it’s easy to see why you’ll be reaching for Instagram in no time. 

817 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607

8. Roti Modern Mediterranean

10 S Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL 60606
Roti’s bathroom at Ogilvie
Kailley Lindman

Expect some serious photo opps in the bathroom of this fast-casual eatery, where a collection of Mediterranean-inspired tiles make up a floor-to-ceiling spectacle of bright colors and patterns. 

10 S Riverside Plaza
Chicago, IL 60606

9. Bub City

435 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
Bub City’s bathroom
Courtesy of Bub City

Ladies, if you step into this bathroom and think you’re in the wrong place, think again. That life-size male mannequin that’s perched up against the wall in front of a urinal is just for show, rest assured. Nevertheless, it’s only natural that the dummy dupes dames on the regular, especially when his costumes change as often as they do (the staff here has been known to dress him up for special occasions and holidays.

435 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

10. Barrio

65 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
Barrio’s bathroom
Mark Ballogg

Compelled to create bathrooms worthy of conversation starters, DineAmic Group owners David Rekhson and Lucas Stoioff decided to design spaces that were at once noteworthy and necessary. In these parts, that means high-heel patterned wallpaper, vibrant pink ceilings, and, of course, a diligently turning disco ball.

65 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654

11. Streeter's Tavern

50 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
The bathroom at Streeter’s Tavern
Courtesy of Streeter’s Tavern

Visitors won’t miss a moment of the action at this Streeterville saloon, which features foosball, pool, and eats from Downtown Dogs until the wee hours every day of the week. That’s because the bathrooms here are equipped with two-way mirrors, giving folks on the inside a rare glimpse into the bar and its nightly bustle. Fear not — no matter how exposed you may feel, those glancing your way as they sip on pints are facing nothing more than their own reflection. 

50 E Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

12. The Signature Room at the 95th

875 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
The Signature Room’s bathroom view
The Signature Room

Between upscale eats, on-point cocktails, and a longstanding reputation for being one of the city’s most-luxe dining retreats, there are reasons aplenty to visit this sky-high institution. The same sweeping views that surround the dining room also extend to the restroom by way of floor-to-ceiling windows.

875 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

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