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A Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired bar is coming to West Loop this summer

Elizabeth Atkinson

What's better than a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired bar? A FLW-inspired bar from the Heisler Hospitality (Bad Hunter, Estereo, Pub Royale and others) team and Jim Meehan (New York's Please Don't Tell). Paying homage to the style of architecture that Wright pioneered, the bar will be called Prairie School and will open at 326 N Morgan Street (in the space formerly occupied by Smack Shack) later this summer.

Coming off the opening of Bad Hunter (where Please Don't Tell held a pop-up for the James Beard Awards), Heisler says they weren't planning on opening a new restaurant but when the space became available on Morgan Street, all the pieces seemed to fit together.

The bar will be split into two different concepts, but details about the adjoining concept are still being solidified. The space will be designed by Heisler partner Kevin Heisner in conjunction with Rugo Raff and will have a global perspective that draws heavily upon a Midwest and Chicagoland aesthetic. Wright's architectural style will drive the concept's bar design, cocktails and hospitality, so you can expect Prairie interiors and a menu that will likely include at least one drink named after the Robie House.

While you're waiting for Prairie School to open, you can always take a free tour of a Chicago-area Wright home to celebrate the architect's 150th birthday.

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