Following the transformation of the historic 1892 landmark, which was originally home to the Chicago Historical Society, TAO’s takeover of the 34,000 square foot space is sure to make its mark in the River North neighborhood. TAO Chicago’s restaurant combines an intimate, yet lively ambiance with elevated Pan-Asian fare for a unique “vibe dining” experience. Diners enter the 275-seat space through a dramatic grand staircase that leads to the subterranean main dining floor. A 16-foot-tall Quan Yin statue overlooks guests as they dine on offerings from the sea, sky and land, featuring signature dishes like the Satay of Chilean Sea Bass, Lobster Wontons, Peking Duck, Crispy Snapper in “Sand” and highly-lauded Tuna Sashimi Pringle. The kitchen is helmed by TAO Group Partner and Chef Ralph Scamardella and Chicago’s Executive Chef Michael Armstrong. Upstairs houses the second half of the TAO concept: the 7,000-square-foot nightclub. -night guests enter the club through 100-year-old, massive Chinese doors and down a lantern-lit exterior alley. Inside, club-goers can enjoy cocktails, bottle service and a spectacular scene within the intimate front nightclub space or the expansive rear space underneath a massive 10-foot bell and disco ball.
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