Soon enough, however, you’ll be perched on rooftops, terraces and patios all over town.
Which reminds us: Packing House, a decked-out three-floor playpen, is soft-opening tonight in the Warehouse District.
It’s a reconception of the sports-and-bro-heavy hangout once known as Market, but a bit more... sophisticated (admittedly not hard to accomplish). They’ll still have a side patio, sidewalk seating, a private party space/lounge with its own terrace and, in May, a fully remodeled rooftop.
But for right now...
Even on a rainy day, you’ll find something here worthwhile. Sports is contained to the bar area, so you’ll stop in on weekday nights for a Belgian farmhouse ale, and to keep an eye on the Bulls’ playoff run.
The dining area has a modish library vibe, if you need a place to conduct a business meeting. (If you can’t close a deal over crab spaghettini and halibut ceviche, the deal can’t be closed.)
Plus, there’s some impressive art. Under the bar is a mural by Hebru Brantley (Jay Z is a collector of his work). In the second-floor party area, a Miami artist—renowned for his Sharpie-decorated Lamborghinis—has done a mural on the wall.
They couldn’t fit a Lambo in.