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 Reader’s choice
Roister

Best Classical Showroom
Christopher Guy 

Best Modern Showroom
Moderne Living 

Best Restaurant Design
Dixie  

Best of Design: Out & About

In our homes and around town, this city is bursting with stop-and-stare design. Here, a celebration of the places, people and products keeping Chicago front and center in the design spotlight.

Reader’s choice
Roister

Chicago’s dream team of restaurateurs Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas decided to take a more casual spin on fine dining when conceptualizing Roister—their latest venture in Fulton Market. Working with 555 International on the design elements, the open kitchen features a wood-burning hearth that allows chef Andrew Brochu to take the city’s current trend of cooking with fire to another level. While sitting up close to the action elevates the food, the interplay of raw and refined materials elevates the decor and creates a sexy, moody vibe that has an easygoing yet visceral quality. When you dine at Roister, you choose an experience—literally based on the ticket option you buy in advance—and it is one that hits all of your senses. 951 W. Fulton Market

Best Classical Showroom
Christopher Guy
This summer, when Christopher Guy opened the doors to a gleaming new showroom inside the Chicago Luxury Furniture Centre, starting things off with one of the year’s most stylish celebrations, the buzz and anticipation was already at a fever pitch. And indeed this outpost from British designer Christopher Guy Harrison’s lifestyle brand has already become a go-to source for exquisite classical furnishings. With three floors of stylishly opulent vignettes—from glamorous Parisian-inspired salons to soiree-ready dining rooms, and from ornately carved masterpiece mirrors to sinewy chaise lounges inspired by old Hollywood glamour, Guy’s designs meld classic silhouettes with luxurious fabrics to create pieces of enduring sophistication. Monte-Carlo chair, from $2,993, 371 W. Ontario St., 312.988.9600

Best Modern Showroom
Moderne Living

After launching its River North showroom this fall, Moderne Living has quickly become a leading source for modern Italian furnishings. Owners Michal and Rae Muranski offer contemporary collections from luxury brands like Pianca, Cierre and Bontempi—lines that otherwise might be inaccessible to American designers—along with artful Murano glass chandeliers and tables. Most recently, the duo added the Pininfarina line to the showroom. Known for its iconic designs in the automotive industry (Ferrari, BMW), the Italian company has been a symbol of European style for more than 80 years. The brand’s foray into pieces for the home combines design innovation with custom tailoring to create sleek, masculine furnishings including sofas, dining tables and even custom kitchen systems, for modern spaces. Segno 72 dining table and Segno credenza; prices upon request, 230 W. Huron St., 312.380.0058

Best Restaurant Design
Dixie

Dixie’s sidewalk charm alone put this upscale Southern-inspired spot from chefs Charlie McKenna and Tony Quartaro on our design radar. Housed in a quaint two-story white-brick cottage, the restaurant conjures visions of sweet tea in an old estate even before you ascend the porch entrance, complete with lantern sconces and a window box. Design team blocHaus continued the ambience inside, with a unique mix of Savannah, Ga. and French furnishings. The first-floor dining room is anchored by a marbled chef’s counter with French-inspired gold lattice details, while the upstairs space evokes a vintage feel with exposed ceilings similar to those found in the attics of old Southern homes. 1952 N. Damen Ave., 773.688.4466 

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