tied house

Tied House


Audioleaf Schubas Property, LLC


3157 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657


Renovation and addition of a fine dining restaurant to an iconic Chicago music venue.


12,000 SF






RTM Engineering Consultants (MEP)
Rocket Structures (Structural)

Audiotree is a Chicago-based media company and artist discovery platform dedicated to promoting and elevating up-and-coming bands. They own and operate several iconic Chicago music venues, including Schubas Tavern.

Helios Construction Services teamed up with Gensler Chicago and Audiotree to build a new, two-story restaurant and event venue addition to the iconic Schuba’s Tavern in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. Tied House replaced the former Harmony Grill location and underutilized parking lot to offer a dining and entertainment destination in the Southport Corridor. Inspired by Schuba’s history as a Schlitz tied house, the project design cherishes the past while embracing the future by fusing traditional tavern materials and brick patterning with clean, modern elements. Helios utilized 3D laser scanning and building information modeling (BIM) tools to coordinate construction, ensuring the project met the complete design intent. A full basement coupled with a space-constrained site required extensive coordination amongst the project team, the City of Chicago, and area residents.

This project was awarded the AIA Chicago’s Interior Architecture Award Citation of Merit for 2019.



“The team at Helios brought solutions and engagement to our work together. Their embracing of technology to enhance value is unique and much appreciated. They are responsive advocates for our client and quickly built a relationship of trust across the entire project team.

Eric Gannon, Studio Director, Principal – Gensler

Key Features

  Deep Earth retention system required to support zero lot line limits

  Fully operable storefront system

  Custom patina copper fireplace at outdoor dining area

  Extensive use of marble, millwork, leather, and plaster interior finishes