Curbed Chicago: Chicago’s former Historical Society building begins “clubstaurant” conversion

Curbed Chicago: Chicago’s former Historical Society building begins “clubstaurant” conversion

By Jay Koziarz

The landmarked building at 632 N. Dearborn will reopen next year as TAO Chicago.

After sitting vacant for two years, the lights are back on at the iconic 1892 Romanesque Revival building located at the northwest corner of Dearborn and Ontario. Previously the home of the Chicago Historical Society and later the Excalibur and Castle nightclubs, the granite-clad building is beginning its transformation into TAO a pan-Asian clubstaurant with locations in New York and Las Vegas.

According to Eater Chicago, TAO has partnered with Four Corners Tavern Group, the hospitality arm of local developer Sterling Bay, for its upcoming River North location. Thanks to a handful of interior renderings published on SB’s website, we also have our first glimpse of what TOA Chicago could look like when it expects to opens in early 2018…