Like the original Beatnik in West Town, Beatnik On The River takes guests on a journey, drawing inspiration from the Beat Generation of 1950s and ’60s and the bohemian hipsters who followed in their path. At the Loop’s Beatnik On The River, the globetrotting dishes and cocktails, and boho-chic interior are further enhanced with breathtaking views of the South Branch of the Chicago River located next to it, adding to the transporting experience.
In May 2018, Beatnik On The River debuted its 80-seat riverfront patio filled with pillow-topped Indonesian daybeds, Moroccan lanterns and lush greenery. A year later, the permanent interior space was unveiled. Located at 180 N. Upper Wacker Dr., the former sign shop has been transformed into an otherworldly space by means of the 1913 jewelry shop — crystal chandeliers, mirrored surfaces and bird’s eye - maple interior and all — installed inside it. Nearby, more of those aforementioned daybeds and overflowing planters along with cozy two-top tables are positioned in front of floor-to-ceiling windows, offering the same spectacular river views as the outdoor space downstairs. Out front on the Wacker Drive sidewalk, an expansive patio, weather permitting, echoes the Morocco-meets-Bali vibe of the interior and riverfront patio.
Mirroring the restaurant’s design aesthetic, Chef Marcos Campos’s cuisine takes a worldly approach, harmoniously melding flavors and ingredients from Asia, Mexico, the Middle East, South America and beyond. Like the food, cocktails change seasonally and tap into the exotic with ingredients ranging from Ceylon cinnamon to Szechuan-chipotle honey. The sounds of Beatnik On The River follow suit, with influences arriving from all corners of the globe. Reggae, Afrobeat and Middle Eastern Classic Rock weave easily with Brazilian Soul and ’60s French Pop.
Let the journey begin…