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From the husband-and-wife team of mixologist Liz Pearce and chef Jonathan Meyer comes a new global-rustic restaurant in River North: Flora Fauna. Inspired by the Chicago duo’s intensive travels and cooking stints across Latin America, South America and Southeast Asia, Flora Fauna features the flavors and old world techniques they honed while doing tasting tours in Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Hong Kong and more. Together, the pair has come up with both kitchen and bar menus that boast a variety of international influences, bringing the tropics to the heart of Chicago. From Pearce’s creative-yet-sustainable spins on classic cocktails to chef Meyer’s rustically refined menus incorporating unconventional ingredients and exotic spices—combined with a tropical-themed, open-concept loft design and large windows that flood with space with natural light year-round—Flora Fauna is where inspired flavor combinations (and fun!) come alive.
The space is a reclaimed loft, with super high ceilings, lending a lightness to the space, while still maintaining a certain strength and durability to it. The beams have a very masculine feel, which we have balanced out with more natural elements, such as woven light fixtures, mother of pearl tile, and beautiful fabrics. The windows, which we kept from the previous space, make beautiful window frames to the bustling city traffic right outside. One of the biggest statement pieces in the space is the custom mural being painted by local artist Tracee Badway, incorporating floral and fauna elements into an abstract wall design.