Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

The Promontory is a restaurant and music venue located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Its name is taken from nearby Promontory Point, a landscape designed by Alfred Caldwell notably featuring fire pits set within stone-formed seating areas known as “council rings.” The restaurant’s hearth-to-table concept takes inspiration from this landscape, creating a destination for gathering and refuge amid the surrounding urban environment. ​​The location and orientation of the spaces presented unique design challenges. Situated in a former Border’s bookstore, the space offered little character or context from which to draw, not to mention an array of existing building elements to negotiate. Additionally, being positioned at the back of the building, away from the activity of 53rd Street, set up an unconventional entry sequence.​ ​​The design carries the original concept forward through the careful composition of design elements, connecting interior and exterior spaces, and by balancing the existing character of the building with new aesthetics. The product is the result of a rich collaboration with restaurateur, chef, artist and a skilled team of fabricators.​

Architect of Record



Blue Star Properties

General Contractor

Blue Star Properties


  • Lehman Design Inc