What do you get when you combine crystal chandeliers, delicious food, and Chicago history all in one? Answer: brunch perfection, and that is exactly what you get at the 3 Arts Club Café at Chicago’s Restoration Hardware.
My friend’s Britt and Sarah were on their way to take a short girl’s trip to New Orleans, and I wanted to make sure to see both of them before they flew off on their adventure. Britt and I brainstormed on where to go for brunch, and it dawned on us that Sarah had never been to the 3 Arts Club. Since opening late last year, this has been a foodie hotspot and I have long admired photos on Instagram. Britt and I concocted a plan to keep our brunch location a secret until arriving at the door.
The 3 Arts Club Café was brought to Chicago through the collaboration of Gary Friedman, the CEO of Restoration Hardware, and Brendan Sodikoff, the CEO of Hogsalt. Hogsalt is behind the ever loved Doughnut Vault, 3 Greens Market, Au Cheval, Small Cheval, Sawada Coffee, Green Street Smoked Meats, and many, many more restaurants. With such great restaurants under the belt of Hogsalt, it’s no wonder Restoration Hardware turned to them to create the masterpiece which is 3 Arts Club Café.
I am not being trite when I say that the 3 Arts Club Café is the perfect integration of interior design, culinary arts, and Chicago history. Restoration Hardware renovated the six story circa 1914 building that was originally housing for young women studying the arts and turned it into a show space for RH’s furniture line. They have created the ideal space for customers of the famous furniture line to not only see the furniture, but experience it. The addition of the 3 Arts Club Café in the glass atrium brings customers even closer to experiencing the brand as a lifestyle.
The glass atrium is where the 3 Arts Club Café resides, and in order to get to it, you have to make your way through rooms displaying Restoration Hardware’s furniture. The atrium is closed in with pains of glass delicately held in place by steel beams. Right in the center of the ceiling is an enormous crystal chandelier, the pièce de résistance and visual focal point of the room. Beneath the chandelier is a fountain that trickles and flows, offering the 3 Arts Club it’s own ambiance of white noise.
There are plenty of plants, trees, ivy, and more to liven up the space, and the decor is simple with grey sofas, upholstered chairs, white china, and area rugs over the stone floor. Honestly, the moment you walk in, you feel as if you have been transported to another time.
I met Sarah and Britt around 10:30 a.m. and of course, I was the last one to the party. Britt and Sarah had ordered tea and coffee to get themselves started, and I followed suit.
Being late to the game, I ordered myself an almond milk latte, and was pleased with my choice. The latte was quite caffeinated, and came out smooth and balanced with the almond milk.
I looked over at one point, watching Sarah take it all in and knew we had made the right choice. She was so happy to be there, and Britt and I were so happy to have thought of taking her there.
The three of us chatted about their upcoming weekend, what they had planned, and remembered that we had to order soon, as the two of them had a plane to catch.
Britt decided breakfast was in order and ordered the RH scramble, which was light fluffy scrambled eggs topped with chives, Texas toast, and sides of jam and avocado. While this was not the most extravagant breakfast plate she’s ever had, Britt really enjoyed this ensemble of ingredients. The Texas toast was golden and crispy, and made it possible for her to layer bits of avocado and egg on top of the toast.
Sarah opted for the shaved vegetable salad with a grilled chicken breast. The salad was a variety of magnificently colorful vegetables: rich green romaine, varieties of shaved radishes, pecans, and a cider vinaigrette. It was a fresh, crisp, and clean option for brunch and Sarah thoroughly enjoyed her choice! The chicken breast was also perfectly grilled and tender, and added a density to the salad. Adding the chicken breast proved to be pricey (almost as much as the salad itself), but Sarah was happy with her decision nonetheless.
Admittedly, I have been to 3 Arts Club Café many times, and I have tried a variety of the lunch items. The one time I went to the 3 Arts Club for breakfast, I tried the local yogurt and was hooked! It’s a dish of fresh vanilla yogurt, topped with bananas and house-made granola. The granola is delicious, and packed with pecans—the crunch is a great compliment to the soft bananas and smooth yogurt. Drizzled atop the whole dish is honey and some coarse grain sugar, adding a bit of sweetness and crunch.
3 Arts Club Café is a delightful place to grab coffee, brunch, lunch, or cocktails in the heart of the Gold Coast. In my opinion, it is easily one of the most beautiful spots to dine in the city and it is always at the top of my list to take out-of-towners when visiting the city. Restoration Hardware has made itself more than just a furniture store, it is an “experience” store.
The Bitches say: A. The decor, service, and food are all top-notch! The only reason this is missing a “+” is because there is no dedicated brunch menu, but we will certainly take whatever we can get!
3 Arts Club
1300 N. Dearborn St,
Chicago, IL 60610
3 Arts Club serves the cafe menu all day, every day.