Chicago’s III Forks Prime Steakhouse, the first of its kind outside Texas and Florida, is a dramatic two-story, 16,000 square foot restaurant that enlivens the Lakeshore East neighborhood. The restaurant faces the internal Lakeshore East Park and therefore has both indoor and outdoor dining and social spaces that take advantage of the beautiful tree-lined park and the skyline views beyond. Once inside, diners are greeted with a material palette comprised mainly of walnut, glass, river stone and carrara marble. The millwork is designed to provide a warm “steakhouse” atmosphere in a sophisticated, contemporary and urban design aesthetic.
The primary dining area is a long, fluid space along the windows overlooking the Lakeshore East Park. To the left of this dining area and just in parties of 6 or more to intimate booths for small private dining parties. Bold focal points bookend this dining and bar space. At the far west end is a striking fireplace and at the far east end of the vaulted space are two large, glass enclosed wine rooms. Substantial use of glass, fine walnut woodwork and imported tile creates a sophisticated and welcoming atmosphere.
A steel and glass staircase with leather-wrapped handrails leads guests to a rooftop patio. This upper level contains an outdoor restaurant for alfresco dining and drinking.
During construction, the roof of the building was opened into order to bring in larger elements like the steel staircase. Maintaining the integrity of the building and protecting it from the elements was of great importance. Additionally, as many as fourteen scissor lifts were used at a time for the construction of III Forks. This created the need for a detailed logistics plan and an extreme sense of awareness from the entire project team.
side the vaulted ceiling is a dramatic walnut and marble bar with suspended overhead bottle storage. Surrounding the bar are spaces that allow for varied dining styles; from larger tables for
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