Now Open: Celeste in River North
By Sarah Freeman
February 4, 2014
Congrats Chicago, you have an astronomy-inspired bar. Yes, astronomy as in constellations, astrological charts and maybe a rogue Galileo sighting. We’re just as confused as you are.
The dual-story, cocktail-focused Celeste opened in River North last night, built into a refurbished 19th century building. (The name is derived from the Latin word meaning “Heavenly.”) Guests enter on the first floor, where an elegant but neighborhood friendly cocktail lounge serves a mix of classic, house and fruit-forward cocktails, as well as a few bottled and draft creations. Upstairs is the dining room (not a tarot reader), adorned with wood floors, mirrored walls and crystal details. The menu is a mix of contemporary American fare and old-school standard dishes along with a more thought out beverage menu. Concoctions are reminiscent of the bar’s namesake, with drink falling into categories called "Full Moon” and “Old Star.” Eventually, the whole celestial concept will come to fruition via a rooftop patio and event space.
One thing Celeste did right is the talented staff. The impressive team behind the bar is made up of Fred Sarkis (Sable) and Sterling Field (Carriage House); Aaron Lirette (Acadia) and TJ Harville (Sofitel) man the kitchen. Did all of these stars align to create one special space or is it just a black hole of booze? Only time, and maybe wishing on a shooting star, will tell if this eclectic concept can succeed.
111 W. Hubbard St.; 312-828-9000