In its previous location, nestled under a Brown Line L stop, the Tiny Lounge had become a north side institution known for its well-crafted cocktails and intimate environment. Demolished for a station expansion by another Chicago institution, the CTA, it took a number of years to reestablish the lounge at another location in the same neighborhood.
The new Tiny demonstrates a straightforward solution for the multiple design considerations of a cocktail lounge that include preserving some of the sensibilities of the previous lounge. Simplicity and comfort make this bar feel like a time honored classic, while subtle elements of design and technology create a contemporary environment – one that is both functional and inviting.
Some of the original booth seating is reused and reupholstered, surrounded by millwork that consists of stacked plywood on edge, laid up in varied depths and widths. The end result is a linear, irregular pattern – a machined process resulting in a handcrafted effect.