Concept & Design
Named after the bohemian freethinkers of the 1950s and ’60s, Beatnik On The River celebrates their spirit and artistic legacy. As a muse and historical touchstone, one beatnik commands our nostalgic reverence: Yves Saint Laurent, a pioneering genius who transformed his era and democratized fashion with timeless and seductive design. At Beatnik On The River we are constantly inspired by YSL and the beatnik generation’s sense of style, aspiration and rebellion to create an exotic escape with progressive, globally inspired food, cocktails and music.
Created by Maison Bonhomme, Beatnik On The River’s aesthetic is driven by a triumphant fusion of three countries close to our heart: Morocco for its audacious combinations of color and passionate artisans, France for its music and artistic confidence, and Italy for a healthy dose of polish and panache to sex it all up.
The contrasting styles and textures of Beatnik On The River feature antique pieces from around the world and more than 600 living plants throughout the 8,000-square-foot, 200-seat space. Expanding on the definition of what a Chicago restaurant should and could look like, one of our most dazzling design features is an antique jewelry store from Nashville (circa 1913). The entire 20-by-20-foot store — including massive crystal chandeliers, crystal sconces and bird’s eye maple interiors — was restored and put back together by a local master carpenter piece by piece and furnished with a 19th century 16-foot French draper’s table with eight turned legs, three drawers and a lower shelf down the middle to create a one-of-a-kind private dining room.
Produced by partners Daniel and Marina Alonso, Nader Hindo, Fadi Hindo, Rafid Hindo, Meghan Vietti Perdue, Marcos Campos, James Barnett, Juan Carlos Alonso and Saam Hagshenas.