Chef Michael Carlson opened Schwa in 2005, turning a small 26-seat establishment on the edge of Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood into a restaurant dedicated to fine cuisine without pretense. Schwa continues to garner accolades and has become one of the premiere restaurants in the country.

The spring of 2010 saw a transformation to the Schwa dining room and kitchen. The chef, crew and friends sanded and ebonized floors, sprayed walls and hung a new ceiling. Brothers John and Frank Navin of The Aluminum Group conceptualized the entire re-design from the hand-fashioning of everyday hardware store electrical connectors into chic chrome tipped bulb light sculptures, ebonized black wood floors, ombre walls up to the mylar mirrored floating ceiling.


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