Hospitality is part of the proposition as Restoration Hardware Holdings opens RH Chicago, The Gallery at the Three Arts Club, on North Dearborn Parkway, which features its RH Modern and RH Teen furniture collections along with restaurants in a luxury setting.
The store integrates culinary offerings by restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff into the furnishings operation, including the 3 Arts Club Café, the 3 Arts Club Wine Vault & Tasting Room and the 3 Arts Club Pantry & Espresso Bar.
Designed in 1914 by architectural firm Holabird & Roche, the landmark RH Gallery building began operation as a residence for young women studying music, drama and the visual arts, the retailer said. To honor its cultural significance and singular place in Chicago’s urban landscape, the building was restored with respect for the original vision in collaboration with the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, and it incorporates dramatic artistic abstractions and collections of luxury home furnishings in a gallery setting.
The Chicago Gallery location also features the first in-store presentation of the company’s newest business concepts, RH Modern and RH Teen. Level four of the building is an 11,000-square-foot exhibition space featuring the first in-gallery presentation of RH Modern, a curated assortment of modern furnishings, lighting and décor. The store also features the RH Design Atelier, a dedicated 3,000-square-foot studio anchored by a custom 30-foot table for interior designers, architects and guests to conceptualize highly personalized, inspiring spaces.
The store operates over 70,000 total square feet across six floors, the company noted. A glass-and-steel-enclosed grand courtyard, a rooftop park and conservatory and a lounge with performance stage enhance what has been a significant architectural undertaking. Upon arrival at the store, shoppers pass a newly restored exterior and main, tripartite entrance on North Dearborn Parkway consisting of three arches reaching 19 feet. Fluted columns with byzantine capitals mounting emblems of the three arts, music, drama and visual, separate the columns.
Shoppers and other visitors looking strictly for food can enjoy an ingredient-driven menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner in the store’s central garden courtyard as they sit under heritage olive trees and listen to the sound of trickling water emanating from a restored historic fountain. Alternately, they can sample a glass of wine from the curated list in the dramatic Wine Vault & Tasting Room, or grab their favorite coffee drink and a daily selection of donuts or pastries from the 3 Arts Club Pantry & Espresso Bar.
“It was clear from the moment we saw the Three Arts Club that this was a rare opportunity to build a ‘field of dreams’— a lasting gift to the city of Chicago— where we could reimagine the retail experience by blurring the lines between residential and retail, indoors and outdoors, home and hospitality,” said Gary Friedman, RH chairman and CEO. “With great admiration for the building’s history and architecture, we are reestablishing this landmark’s relevance by harmoniously incorporating aspirational interior and exterior installations with an integrated hospitality concept unlike anything that exists in retail.”