Tied House

Gensler has designed Tied House restaurant in Chicago to be a modern reinterpretation of the traditional tied house-style tavern.

  • area / size 12,000 sqft
  • Year 2017
  • Type Restaurant,
  • Tied House reinvents Schubas Tavern’s legacy as one of Chicago’s most storied live music venues. Reflecting the historical significance of the site, the modern reinvention stands respectfully in contrast to the historic Schlitz tavern, enhancing the iconic Schubas Tavern music venue while establishing a rich identity for the new Tied House restaurant.

    The design incorporates traditional tavern materials — brick patterning, mosaic tile and wood flooring, copper accents, a custom ceiling tile, and period-inspired lighting — transforming them in a modern, contextual way. The feature brick facade takes its design cues from the historic facade of Schubas Tavern using the brick patterning as a backlit screen. Whether within the space looking towards the neighborhood, or from the outside looking in, diners, visitors, and passersby can experience materials true to an original Tied House structure.

    Design: Gensler
    Design Team: Gensler / Lee Greenberg; Allison Weber; Sam Davison; Mark Spencer; Randal Cartwright; Daniel Krause; Eleftheria Riga-Derrico
    Photography: Eric Laignel