Transformation Tuesday: Looking Back at Two Lights' Humble Beginnings

Everyone likes an origin story, and all of us here at Two Lights are no different. Our little small plates seafood spot did not start out as restaurant space, but was literally built from the ground up inside a retail + rental development that was constructed in 2016.

Longtime Old Town residents and members of Old Town Triangle Association remember our corner location at 227 W. North Avenue as “Tipre Towers,” home of the former Tipre Hardware at 229 W. North Avenue. Tipre Hardware moved west to 627 W. North Avenue in 2015 and closed in 2017.

According to Curbed Chicago, “Old Town became a little less old” in 2016 when the JAB-owned retail + rental structure went up on North and Wieland. Owners Keene and Megan Addington brought in LG Development (who aided in building Two Lights’ sister restaurant Tortoise Supper Club) and Northworks Architecture. The result…

Photo: LG Development

Photo: LG Development


From LG Development: “Light millwork, marble tiles, and a bright white bar top paired with brass accents give the space an upscale seaside feel. Touches of neon and bold graphics pop from the cool white backdrop of the restaurant. Extra large wood windows let the light flood in and provides views to the active surroundings.” (Read the full article + see photos HERE.)

We absolutely adore our Old Town home—a little slice of the coast of Maine in the heart of Old Town.

Feast your eyes on our fresh, bright space tonight at Two Lights! We look forward to seeing you. ••