Chicago's Bar Chido is a modern Mexican restaurant that was designed to thrive post-pandemic and beyond. The project started in February 2020 and quickly pivoted to the changing times. Notably, there's a set of windows that runs across the face of the restaurant, which helps to keep the spacious indoor dining area properly ventilated. There's also a custom takeout window just for walk-ups, so that guests can grab an order to go without having to physically set foot in the building.
Bar Chido worked with award-winning branding studio EightySeven to bring its vision for the cantina to life and it includes playful pastel colors and a cartoon donkey mascot by the name of Señor Chido. Maxwell Billings, Brand Designer and founding partner of EightySeven, says "We took a second look at our visuals, voice, and mascot to focus on being friendly."