Bacardi at the Park

Interior Architecture Award Submission

Project Information:
Floor Area: 14,000 SF including exterior terrace
Interior Height: 28’
2 Floors
Customer Capacity: 750
Bacardi at the Park is a restaurant and sports bar located on the site of the old Comiskey Park north of US Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox.
The primary goal of the interior design was to reconcile two distinct, service scenarios: a game day crowd of enthusiastic baseball fans and a non-game day, neighborhood lunch and dinner crowd in an up-scale sports bar. The client supported an industrial, loft-like expression. In response, the designers selected a materials palette including built-up steel plate, glass, stone, and wood panels composed in and around the existing concrete structural frame.
Openings created in the newly constructed second level floor slab provide a connection of the upper and lower spaces at both the restaurant entry to the north and at the existing storefront facing the stadium to the south.
74 flat-screen monitors were organized to optimize view angles from as many locations as possible while reinforcing the composition of the spaces.
Historic photographs celebrating “the fan” and the historic old ball park were selected by the designer and integrated into the design as wall murals.

GREC Architects, LLC
General contractor
McHugh Construction Company
Chicago, Illinois