|Elan Vital's Information|
|Rating: 4 Stars|
|Location: 120 Michigan Street (John Hancock Building)|
|Fame: High Class Dining|
Elan Vital: People call it a bistro, a cafe, a bar, or a restaurant. No group can decide what it is exactly, and few really know the differences. But what they do know is that Elan Vital has style and class, and it leaves a good impression. It hosts an interesting array of customers; many of them are professionals, a few politicians, several academics, philosophers, artists, writers, poets, and musicians. This is where professionals and politicians come to make and meet contacts, and this is also where artists come to find and meet with possible patrons. People from different walks of life rub elbows here, giving and taking as they can and please, drinking and lounging in a business full of modern luxuries and Old World charm. Maybe that is why this place is named after a philosophical essence.
The place is very pleasing to the senses and most obvious to the noses, eyes, and ears. From both the street and the lobby, passers-by look past the tinted glass wall into the restaurant while customers eat, drink, chat, and watch the passers-by. Various paintings and prints by prominent, local talents are thoughtfully placed along the faux brick walls of the space. Designer lamps of various-colored speckled glass hang from the ceiling over tables, booths, and the bar. Everything and everyone looks good in the dim apricot-colored lighting, and the lights reflect off dark, scuffed but shiny hardwood floors. The furniture has a personality like an elegant but old gentleman- beautiful but nicked wood and soft, worn, brown leather chairs and booths. The booths' benches are very nice and look more like couches, and rather than being rectangular, they are semi-circular.
A few lonesome glass and iron tables and matching chairs sit in the cold. Ash trays have been left on the tables' tops, so except for the rare smoker, this spot is deserted.
This room follows the same asthetically pleasing and classic pattern as the main area. Although there are no windows here, the faux red brick walls continue. Tasteful paintings and photographs have been placed over certain tables, and designer lamps of various-colored speckled glass hang from the ceiling over tables, booths, and the bar. Everything and everyone looks good in the dim apricot-colored lighting, and the lights reflect off dark, scuffed but shiny hardwood floors. Worn brown leather couches and matching chairs have been artfully arranged around the few tables that fill this room. Between the lounge seats, low, old wooden and stone tables have been dispersed. In one corner of the room, there is a small 'stage' area that is level to the rest of the room. However, the manager at Elan Vital will be happy to have this room rearranged or emptied and refurnished to suit the needs of certain guests.