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UP­STAIRS FROM WEST LOOP DIN­ING HOT SPOT HONEY’S, THE HIVE IS FAST BE­COM­ING A PRIMO PLACE FOR KEEP­ING AN EYE ON THE CITY’S A-LIST.

Michigan Avenue - - CONTENTS - BY STEPHEN OSTROWSKI

In the West Loop, The Hive is fast be­com­ing a primo place for keep­ing an eye on the city’s A-list.

When Takashi Mu­rakami fol­lowed up the MCA’S re­cent 50th an­niver­sary fête with an af­ter-party at The Hive, it all but crowned the pocket-sized tip­pling space as the city’s de facto see-and-be-seen room. Not that it needed for­mal corona­tion—up­stairs from chic restau­rant Honey’s and ac­cou­tered with lived-in-but-luxe so­fas, sexy side ta­bles, and a strik­ingly sim­ple mar­ble bar, the room’s un­stuffy style so­lid­i­fied its cool-kid ca­chet from the jump. “We wanted it to be a comfy vibe, in the vein of a bo­hemian traveler,” ob­serves man­ag­ing part­ner Justin Fur­man of the Vene­tian plas­ter-fin­ished hide­away, where hip pa­trons of all stripes un­wind over im­pec­ca­ble craft cock­tails.

To or­ches­trate the at­mos­phere, Fur­man kept it in the fam­ily, tap­ping his wife, Jenn Dixon, for de­sign du­ties. A fash­ion de­signer by trade, Dixon sourced the room’s sig­na­ture pieces via auc­tion (the im­pos­ing Napoleon portrait near the en­try), Craigslist (the re­fin­ished hutch moor­ing the hall­way that leads to Black Dove Life­style-de­signed bath­rooms), or, in the case of se­lect throw pil­lows, her own hands (“I made most of those out of old ki­monos and vel­vet cur­tains,” she notes). And pair­ing al­cove-an­chor­ing so­fas with ot­tomans and other petite ac­cents was done for rea­sons both aes­thetic and so­cial. Ex­plains Dixon: “Smaller pieces of fur­ni­ture lend them­selves eas­ier to con­ver­sa­tions.” A stylish talk­ing point, in­deed. 1111 W. Lake St., 312-877-5929; hon­eyschicago.com

With a lived-in, chicly com­fort­able at­mos­phere, The Hive has be­come a fa­vored tip­pling spot for A-lis­ters from across the city.

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