Marked by an expansive space, this is one of the more unique concepts to arrive on Chicago's culinary scene. Beatnik is nothing less than a sensory haven; amid all the bodies under glittering chandeliers, find double-height ceilings, repurposed street lights, an atrium, and colorful tiles—all of which evoke an inviting Mediterranean vibe.Allow your gaze to wander away from the mesmerizing décor to focus on its diverse cuisine, infused with North African elements. Start with halloumi and fattoush, before savoring Cornish game hen tagine with cauliflower and turmeric purée. Sweetbread kebabs with vadouvan and zhoug speak to the team's versatility. Not everything is perfect, but there is talent here and joy to be had from Chef Marcos Campos' menu.