Designer Jill Enomoto crafted the interiors of the five-storey roastery, which takes over the original 1990 Crate & Barrel flagship store at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Erie Street.
A 56-ft-high bronze-finished steel and aluminium cask takes centre stage inside the building’s glass barrel rotunda, rising through the height of the space. It features a unique perforated skin that reveals roasted beans moving through tubes. Winding around the cask is a curving escalator – the first of its kind in Chicago and the Midwest – which peeks out through glass windows to Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.
The entire space – which features bar, bakery and café – is capped by a ‘sunbeam’ ceiling of green rings, which spiral outwards from the centre of the cask.
Starbucks Reserve Roastery Chicago opens on Friday.