One of my favorite fancy places to dine in Chicago is North Pond Cafe, nestled in the heart of Lincoln Park, and like the name, situated on the North Pond. It was built in 1912 as a warming hut for ice skaters, eventually becoming a storage shed for the Chicago Park District.
It was remodeled and renovated as a restaurant around 1998 in the Prairie Style. The subway tiles are original, but I believe everything else was new.
The ceiling looks like aluminum or fiberglass screen material that may be covering something unsightly. Since we have an unsightly ceiling in the TV/family room, we’re thinking that something like that would look really cool.
Anyway, the food is delicious and the menu changes frequently. The focus is on local, organic foods. And if you go there for a special occasion, they add nice little touches and give you the menu when you leave.