My obsession with seafood just got kicked up a notch. I was recently invited to shoot at Cold Storage located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood.

Cold Storage Cold StorageThe Location

Located in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago, Cold Storage has an open, industrial space that smells incredible and is very welcoming. The bar is the center point of the room with a tall, open ice chamber that holds oysters, clams, lobster and several other seafood varieties. You can’t help but stare at it in awe. There are a lot of high top tables scattered throughout the room and round booths along the back wall where you can cozy up and slurp the night away.

Cold Storage Cold Storage The Chef

Chef Chris Pandel was very welcoming and down to earth. He showed me the space and handed me a menu and before I knew it, I had a giant seafood tower filled with king crab, ceviche, oysters, langoustines and other delicacies. I was able to taste the tower with the staff once the shoot was complete and needless to say, I’m going back for more.

Cold Storage Cold Storage Cold StorageThe Pastry Chef

Pastry Chef Meg Galus brought out a tempting banana spilt that took me back to being a kid again. She offers a variety of desserts including sundae’s, shakes, malts and… chocolate root beer cake? Yes, please.

Cold StorageThe Happy Hour

I’m so excited to bring my husband, Mike and our friends to this spot. I think we’ll come in for happy hour after work one night, which is Monday through Friday from 3-6pm where they offer $1 oysters and $3 drafts. I’d say it’s a perfect way to reward yourself after a long, busy day. I seriously didn’t think the West Loop could get any cooler, but it just did.


All Images © Regan Baroni 2016.

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