Iconic Chicago artist Tony Fitzpatrick has created an installation piece for the reputable steakhouse Keefer’s Restaurant in downtown Chicago. The piece will be showcased on the large illuminated cove in the main dining room of the restaurant, and unveiled tomorrow, during the restaurant’s open house celebrating their ten-year anniversary.
Keefer’s prides itself on being a local and independent restaurant with local and independent art, and it’s a place we, as Chicagoans should be proud to call our own. Over the years, Keefer’s has drawn attention and praise for its fine cuisine of fresh steaks and seafood from food critics and associations all around including The Food Network (Best of Chicago for Steak), The Michelin Guide and Playboy Magazine, just to name a few.
When the owners decided to add a mural to their space, there couldn’t have been a better artist for the job. Fitzpatrick is a childhood friend of Chef John Hogan - Keefer’s original Chef since their opening a decade ago. Though the initial idea was for a mural that would depict a more literal, graphic portrayal of Chicago’s history of stockyards, butchers and the working class, Fitzpatrick envisioned something different that would highlight Keefer’s unique brand.
Fitzpatrick’s piece, The Necklace of Stars, was conceived as an adornment to the circular dining room wall, which he associated with a woman’s neckline. Each star holds a different meaning, such as The Fire Star, which depicts an image of fire – more specifically, the Chicago fire. Fitzpatrick says its about the rebirth and rebuilding of Chicago Burnham and Sullivan in several short years; “since Chicago never gives up, it rolls up its sleeves and gets to work.”
Tony Fitzpatrick, Star for Red Bird; Naked City Star
Tony Fitzpatrick is a Chicago artist whose works are in numerous public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. He began as a printmaker, and now focuses on drawing and collage pieces, loaded with Chicago references. Read more here. Fitzpatrick’s association and inspiration from the city makes this piece special for the restaurant and can be appreciated by all Chicagoans, or at least Chicagoans at heart.
The installation is a fitting addition to the restaurant for their ten-year anniversary, and will be unveiled at the anniversary party being held on Tuesday, November 1st. Join Keefer’s for their open house, which will include complimentary champagne, small bites, and great music. Space is limited, so please RSVP to 312.467.9525.
Keefer’s will continue celebrating their ten years in Chicago with month-long deals for lunch and dinner all through November. Click here to learn more about Keefer’s, their November specials, and their anniversary event.