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216 W. Cermak, Chicago

Moon Palace has been a fixture in Chicago’s Chinatown for more than 50 years.  But the next generation of this family-owned business

reimagined it as a takeout counter in the front, cocktail bar in the back. 

We asked co-owners Lily and Joe to put together a soundtrack of what they might play at the bar.  Their picks - Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bowie, Iggy Pop, the Clash - inspired design details like black ceramic tile, corrugated metal walls, vintage-style linoleum flooring, chain curtains, chrome and black bar stools, a faux snakeskin DJ bar, steel light fixtures, custom planters and original exposed Chicago brick (fortuitously discovered during demolition behind the drywall of the former Moon Palace dining room). 

Photos by Marisa Klug-Morataya

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