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A look inside The Arts Club of Chicago’s new members-only drawing room and bar

The sleek new space can accommodate 28 seated guests or 50 individuals in a cocktail setting

Fresh from celebrating its 100 year anniversary, The Arts Club of Chicago has taken the wraps off a new meeting room and private bar inside the modernist John Vinci-designed building that has served as the club’s home since 1997. Dubbed simply “The Drawing Room,” the newly-opened and somewhat minimalist space was designed by Nada Andric from Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) and Alex Krikhaar of Vinci-Hamp. It features 14-foot ceilings, a 20-foot long bar clad in Italian rosso levanto marble, custom-designed furniture, and shelves packed with art books and catalogues highlighting prior exhibitions.

Easily accessible from the club’s existing art galleries and garden, the room can be configured to accommodate 28 seated guests or 50 individuals in a cocktail setting. While the rotating art exhibits at 201 E. Ontario Street are free and open to the public, The Drawing Room at The Arts Club of Chicago is reserved exclusively for use by its members. Bespoke beverage programing comes from Chicago’s Hogsalt Hospitality—the group behind Bavette’s, Gilt Bar, and Au Cheval.