Pacific Standard Time

Chicago, IL

141 W Erie St, Chicago 60654, IL
Located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, Pacific Standard Time brings the warmth and authenticity of the California coast to the midwest. The menu, from Executive Chef-Owner and James Beard Finalist Erling Wu-Bower, revolves around the restaurant’s two hearth ovens, which serve as the birthplace of the restaurant’s inventive, market-driven fare – from hand-tossed pizzas to roasted vegetables, sustainable meats and seafood. Guests can also delight in Pastry Chef Natalie Saben’s dessert menu, featuring her signature Huckleberry Sundae among other sweet dishes.
141 W Erie St, Chicago 60654, IL
Pacific Standard Time, Restaurants, Interior Design
Pacific Standard Time, Restaurants, Interior Design
Pacific Standard Time, Restaurants, Interior Design
Pacific Standard Time, Restaurants, Interior Design
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Located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, Pacific Standard Time brings the warmth and authenticity of the California coast to the midwest. The menu, from Executive Chef-Owner and James Beard Finalist Erling Wu-Bower, revolves around the restaurant’s two hearth ovens, which serve as the birthplace of the restaurant’s inventive, market-driven fare – from hand-tossed pizzas to roasted vegetables, sustainable meats and seafood. Guests can also delight in Pastry Chef Natalie Saben’s dessert menu, featuring her signature Huckleberry Sundae among other sweet dishes.

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How does the design of your space (or an element of the design) impact the experiences people have there?

"One of the driving concepts behind the layout and design of the restaurant was to provide a connection between guests and the activity taking place in the kitchen, to convey a sense of home-style dining, as cooking often takes place in the midst of social interaction and conversation. The menu encourages a social dialogue by having plates that are perfect for sharing and by combining ingredients that are distinctly unique. With that in mind, we ensured that nearly every seat in the restaurant had a view of the vast open expo kitchen. Closer to the kitchen, the we specified a seating area with high top chef’s tables, providing a closer look at the craft. The most intimate view, however, is from the dining counter and stool seating along the open kitchen, which directly connects guests with the chef and activity within."
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What is the interior design style of your space?

"Pacific Standard Time is a coastal California-inspired eatery in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The design team created a concept that highlights the market driven menu and its fresh ingredients, transplanting laid-back pastoral West Coast vibes to the Windy City. The warm color and materials palette, which includes shades of cream and pale blues mixed with marble and wood detailing, creates a light and inviting atmosphere for guests that references Californian residential homes of the 70’s era. - Designed by Parts and Labor Design"
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What Custom/Original Element do your guests notice most often? What do they say about it?

"Our custom designed ceramic and walnut chandelier located in the main dining room."
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What was the biggest source of inspiration?

"With a focus on highlighting the menu and market-driven ingredients, we sought to connect the guest with the culinary process by bringing them as close to the kitchen as possible. The idea of the social, domestic chef’s table is at the heart of the design for Pacific Standard Time."
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Who did you love working with on this space? Any memorable moments or unique craftsmen?

"We absolutely loved working with the owners, it was a great team all round!"
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