Chicago’s D+K Architects and Interiors has experience turning basements into nightclubs, having gut-rehabbed several bars and restaurants in River North and the West Loop. Their latest effort is the recently opened Takito Kitchen at 2013 West Division St. in Wicker Park. The semi-polished industrial vibe befits the contemporary taqueria and bar.
The 1923 building’s skylight and exposed brick walls anchor the aesthetic, while street art commissioned from local graffiti artists complement modern furnishings. The room includes a cement bar and handcrafted maple benches, custom antique-style wire cages for suspended lights, and mirrors that look straight out of a saloon.
Focused on local and seasonal ingredients, Takito’s menu is geared toward plates intended for sharing—a sentiment echoed in the interior’s open layout. Distressed cedar wood rounds out the Wicker Park vibe appropriate to its prime location near the corner of Division and Damen.