Club + Restaurant Tao Celebrates Chicago Opening in Grand Style

TAO Chicago GOP - Kourtney Kardashian

We didn’t expect anything less than amazingness when the invite for the Grand opening party of TAO Chicago (632 N. Dearborn St.) was delivered to our inbox. Ever since Castle closed so long ago and the TAO group announced its takeover of the 34,000 sq. ft. space, Chicagoans have been anticipating this opening.

TAO Chicago GOP - DJ Vice

photo via instagram/@davidgrutman
photo via instagram/@davidgrutman

Saturday (9/15) night, TAO Chicago opened its doors to VIP guests including the likes of Kourtney Kardashian, who arrived dressed in a silver, metallic mini dress, with friends Malika Haqq, Hrush Achemyan and rumored new lover Luka Sabbat. Other notable guests included Foodgod Jonathan Cheban, a Chicago frequenter due to his mom living here, Fifth Harmony’s Dinah Jane, Tao co-founder Noah Teppenberg, Miami Nightlife king Dave Grutman, Chicago P.D. cast members  Marina Squerciati, Tracy Spiridakos, Jesse Lee Soffer and LaRoyce Hawkins, Real Housewives of New York’s Tinsley Mortimer with boyfriend Scott Kluth (they are back on again), Chicago Med’s Chris Johnson, Chicago Fire star Taylor Kinney, The Chi’s Jason Mitchell, Barton Fitzpatrick, Yolonda Ross and Tai Davis, Southern Charm’s Shep Rose and date Katie Kearney, San Antonio Spurs player Brandon Paul, Bob Saget’s fiance Kelly Rizzo and Cheat Codes’ trio Trevor Dahl, Kevin Ford and Matthew Russell. Model Behati Prinsloo, Adam Levine’s wife, was also spotted at TAO Chicago’s grand opening party. Behati was in town for Maroon 5’s Red Pill Blues tour stop on Friday night, so she stayed the weekend for the opening.

TAO Chicago GOP - Taylor Kinney
Taylor Kinney

Tinsley Mortimer attends the TAO Chicago Grand Opening
Tinsley Mortimer

Shep Rose and Katie Kearney attend the TAO Chicago Grand opening
Shep Rose and Katie Kearney

TAO Chicago Opening party - Kourtney Kardashian
Kourtney Kardashian

TAO Chicago GOP - LaRoyce Hawkins and guest
LaRoyce Hawkins and guest

TAO Chicago opening Hrush Achemyan, Malika Haqq and Kourtney Kardashian
Hrush Achemyan, Malika Haqq and Kourtney Kardashian

TAO Chicago GOP - Yolanda Ross, Tai Davis
Yolanda Ross, Tai Davis

 

Newly engaged Taraji P. Henson (to Kelvin Hayden) took over a round booth on TAO Chicago’s descending dining room staircase with a few friends. After dining on TAO Chicago specialties, Taraji was surprised with a custom birthday cake celebrating the actress’ birthday which was earlier in the week.

 

Taraji P Henson and friends celebrate birthday at TAO Chicago grand opening

 

The TAO Chicago’s grand opening wasn’t just all TV and movie celebs.  It was also a magnet for the Chicago sports teams stars. Chicago Cubs’ first baseman Anthony Rizzo was spotted with fiancé Emily Vakos, fellow Cubs’ teammates Jon Lester attended with wife Farrah, Cole Hamels and Daniel Murphy. Former Chicago Bears’ Israel Idonije was joined by current players Prince Amukamara, Zach Miller and Charles Leno Jr. While Chicago Bulls small forward Denzel Valentine enjoyed a night out with his teammates Kris Dunn and Chandler Hutchison. The transformation of the historic 1892 landmark in River North was quite dramatic and just what Chicago’s nightlife and dining scene needs.

TAO Chicago GOP - Jon Lester, Farrah Lester
Farah Stone Johnson-Lester, John Lester

 

Brandon Paul, Landon Cox
Brandon Paul, Landon Cox

 

TAO Chicago Grand Opening Party - Anthony Rizzo, Emily Vako
Anthony Rizzo, Emily Vakos

TAO Chicago Grand Opening Party Kris Dunn, Denzel Valentine
Kris Dunn, Denzel Valentine

TAO Chicago Grand Opening Party Prince Amukamara
Prince Amukamara

Earlier in the week, after throwing out the first pitch and singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at Wrigley Field while on the promo tour for his new movie “Night School,” Kevin Hart stopped by TAO Chicago for a private preview tasting by Chef Mike Armstrong. Hart arrived straight from the game with members of his team and took over the skybox for a private meal including the Crispy Rice Tuna, Cantonese Cauliflower, Fried Rice, Chicken Wing Lollipops and Satay of Chilean Sea Bass.

According to Eater, TAO’s Las Vegas location is the most profitable independent restaurant in the country.

photo credit: Instagram/@noahteppenberg
photo credit: Instagram/@noahteppenberg

Photo credit: Jeff Schear/Getty Images North America

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Bolaji Sosan
Bolaji Sosan

pronounced: Boh-la-jee, like the Bellagio but w/o the O. SLC Founder and Editor, loves to write about topics at the intersection of career and lifestyle for today's young professional and future leaders.

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