Raise A Glass To These Stylish New Theater Bars In Chicago


Theater bar area with blue tile and oversize light fixture

As part of its $54 million expansion, Steppenwolf Theatre recently opened two new bars designed by Chicago-based firm fc Studio.

The first-floor bar uses a dramatic custom light fixture by Luke Lamp Co. and warm blue Fireclay tiles to draw patrons from the entrance toward the new 400-seat ensemble theater. “We needed to make a statement, but not distract your eye from the space,” says fc Studio co-founder Julie Fisher. “The color and light give it a pop of energy.”

The second-floor bar serves multiple purposes and offers a completely different look, with warm wood and soft carpeting. Not only will theatergoers gather preshow and during intermission, but the sophisticated space can also be used for events, meetings or simply as a quiet work space.