The Kitchen, American Bistro is located on the main floor of the landmark Reid Murdoch Building, gateway to Chicago's vibrant River North neighborhood. Built in 1914 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this former grocery warehouse stretches along the Chicago River between LaSalle and Clark streets adjacent to the Clark Street Bridge. Designed by co-founder Hugo Matheson, and Denver-based Semple Brown Design, The Kitchen, American Bistro's main dining room is filled with abundant natural light and expansive views of the Chicago River and the city's iconic architecture.
As guests enter this 6500 square foot space, a huge island bar and community dining area greet them as they stroll into the main dining room flanked by Chicago’s stunning skyline on one side, and a bustling open kitchen on the other. The restaurant's fresh, clean interior is complemented by warm, reclaimed woods and simple touches designed to reflect the building's history in an authentic way. The floors are composed of repurposed oak. The bar tops and tables are all handcrafted by an independent wood maker who reclaimed wood from Chicago's old Zenith Building.
The original bones of the historic building are revealed through gestures like exposed scars on concrete columns and untouched, worn plaster walls, which hint at the past. Layers of natural and historic materials, both new and found, create a warm sense of place reminiscent of home, while the restaurant's overall design merges 1900-era details with modern elements. The community bistro features chandeliers designed and handmade by one of The Kitchen's original co-founders, Jen Lewin. Jen Lewin Studios also created the sparkling sconces, backed by mirrors to illuminate the industrial, concrete support pillars throughout the space. The Kitchen Chicago seats 187 guests in total. A private dining room seats 40 guests and can be enclosed with oversized sliding wood and glass doors.