0032 Milk Room

Art Direct / Build / Concept / Design

Clayton Hauck for Land and Sea Dept.

One of the last beverage concepts to launch within the larger Chicago Athletic Association project, Milk Room is an exclusive eight seat micro bar that reinvigorates a historic, prohibition-era drinking ‘nook’ that had long been unused.

Located on the second floor of the CAA building, the room first got its designation during prohibition, where the athletic club’s members could tuck into the tiny space for a glass of ‘milk’, one purportedly spiked with whiskey.

Reconceptualized by Land and Sea Dept. in 2015, the Milk Room is now an intimate, reservation-driven bar and tasting room. Headed up by LSD beverage director (and Lost Lake partner) Paul McGee, the space features a spirit-forward cocktail concept that focuses on and utilizes extremely rare and vintage spirits, set alongside a refined, tightly edited food menu of small plates from executive chef Pete Coenen.

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The space itself was largely left as it was found, with some design tweaks by New York firm Roman and Williams and some finish work by Land and Sea Dept.

LSD partner and Struggle Inc. art director Cody Hudson developed the room’s identity, which carries through on logos, menus and website. The leather bound menu books were produced by Chicago-based Eye Of The Sun.

Clayton Hauck for Land and Sea Dept.

Reservations are made through Tock, the innovative backend ticketing system designed by Chicago-based restaurateur Nick Kokonas of Alinea, Aviary and Next.