The Old Town Institution Gets First Renovation Since 2010

Summit Design + Build, LLC, recently completed the interior and exterior renovation of the Fireplace Inn, a restaurant and bar in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. The renovation was the first since 2010 and added new spaces for dining and entertaining.

The Fireplace Inn has been a self-proclaimed neighborhood institution since it opened in 1969 at 1448 N. Wells Street. Today, the restaurant currently occupies two adjacent buildings at the same site. The majority of Summit’s work was in the Southern building, which was added to the restaurant in 1999.

The renovation of the space totaled 2,480 square feet and included:

  • Adding new bathrooms in the lower level

  • Construction of a new bar with custom millwork

  • Build-out of a second floor dining and event space

  • New exterior façade and paint

IPSA Architecture & Design served as the project architect for the Fireplace Inn project. The restaurant remained operational during construction, which was completed in November.

Fireplace Inn Imagery