On Monday, June 11, 2018, restaurant development + design magazine took an elite group of readers on a behind-the-scenes tour of some of the hottest — and most beautiful — new restaurants in Chicago.

We met at the new International Interior Design Association's headquarters in Chicago to reveal the list of restaurants. Then we embarked on a trolley tour where guests will met the people behind the concepts and enjoyed complimentary food and beverages at each stop.

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Welcome to rd+d’s third annual Tour the Design Trends. On this four-stop tour you will experience the latest in restaurant design across a mix of service styles and enjoy a sampling of food and beverage from each location while chatting directly with the designers, architects and operators responsible for the space.

With a mix of full-service and grab-and-go locations, Lettuce Entertain You’s latest Beatrix Market location, which opened at DePaul University’s Loop campus in April, leads the charge to meet the all-day desires of today’s
convenience- and quality-driven consumers.

The first new concept from Gibsons Restaurant Group in more than a decade, Gibsons Italia, is the iconic Chicago chain’s take on modernizing the traditional steakhouse.

From the bright bar to the channel-backed brown leather booths in the dining room, Proxi manages to be modern, sophisticated and comfortable all at once. 

With consumers increasingly looking to spend money on experiences rather than on objects, immersive and “eatertainment” venues have cropped up to meet demand.