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To celebrate all the sensational interior designers putting the chi-chi in Chicago these days, our fab co-founder Anna Brockway recently hosted a hats-off-to-ya lunch at the stunning Cindy’s rooftop restaurant. Hot on the scene were twenty-five Chicago designers who spent the afternoon gabbing over rosé and taking part in a delish family-style feast. Go inside the dapper blue and white bash and see how all the big and bitty details came together to create a stylish event that Chicago’s chicest deemed a ten out of ten!

The high-flying views from Cindy’s in Chicago.

A Sky Top Perch

When in Chicago, there’s no reason not to spring for a skyscraper venue (it’s second only to New York, after all!), which made Cindy’s perched atop the Chicago Athletic Association a no-brainer. With jaw-dropping views of Millennium Park, The Art Institute, and the big blue of Lake Michigan beyond, Cindy’s offers up all of Chicago’s photogenic glory and none of its windy bluster fluster.

A blue and white theme complements Cindy’s exposed brick walls and the restaurant’s Lake Michigan views.
The table, dressed to kill.

Nautical Nods

While it may be fall, a blue and white palette felt right on the money for the lakeside locale. To get the party started, we laid down a blue and white striped tablecloth and topped it with white plates trimmed in just a hint of blue. Overtop, blue and white paisley napkins were layered for an extra bit of kick! And because we can’t help but adore a goooood tradition, we paired a stack of Chairish Print Shop cards beside each place-setting (designers dig a good thank you card!).

Stunning florals bedecking the tabletop.
A vase of white florals rounding out the bar scene.

Florals to Fall For

White florals look smashing with a blue and white theme, but can tread a bit too summery for a fall themed bash. To bust up any associations, our fab florist, The Flower Firm, mixed white roses and hydrangea with a few heads of green hydrangea cast-over with a rusty red blush hue. Popped into vases with a few sprigs of eucalyptus and hypericum berries, and we had arrangements that felt a little bit summer, a little bit fall. Finally, brass urns gave the table florals just the right amount of lift.

Takeaway Tip: Don’t let the bar go bare! Gussy up your bar area with a floral arrangement to tie it into the rest of the scene. If you’ve maxed out your statement blooms on the tabletop, even leftover filler flowers will do the trick.

Hand-lettered place cards add a hand-touch element.
Cindy’s mean chopped salad.

A Marvelous Menu

Cindy’s is known for trotting out some of Chi-Town’s most top-drawer fare, so we wisely opted to let them cue up the eats. Among the bites designers noshed on chilled soba noodles with black garlic, citrus, snow peas, and pickled ginger and a mean chopped salad loaded with kale, pickled fresno chili, cucumber, radish, sweet pepper, chunks of ciabatta, pecorino, and a creamy oregano dressing. Family-style service only helped to get the designers all good and acquainted!

Designers digging into the delish lunch.
Shelley Johnstone, Anna Brockway, Hayley O’Hara, and Jenny Brown
Laura Tribbett, Marisa Marcantonio, and Laura Hine/Modern Luxury Magazine
Laura Hine/Modern Luxury, Michelle Jolas and Lauren Lozano Ziol of Skin Interiors
Cari Giannoulias, Anna Brockway, and Brynn Olson
Kristen Ekeland, Brynn Olson, and Claire Staszak
Lindsay Angyus of Kaufman Segal, Laura Tribbett, and Wendy Labrum

All photos by Michael Courier

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September 27, 2019

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