Nutella Cafe

189 Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL


I enjoyed being a part of Ferrero’s first stand alone Nutella Café location in Chicago. My Team did a great job working through all the custom details to make this project a success.
Brad Belter, Account Manager


Nutella®, a Ferrero Group Brand, is a lead brand within the CPG industry. In 2018 Nutella® decided to develop the first owned retail presence in the United States. Chipman Design Architecture was approached to act as Architect of Record for a one-of-a-kind restaurant concept on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue. 


Providing innate knowledge in navigation of the City of Chicago’s permitting process in addition to architectural expertise, the CDA team partnered with the internal Ferrero team and designer Slava Simontov to bring the Ferrero team’s design concept to Michigan Avenue. Developing Construction Documents from the client developed-Design Concept and Schematic Design Packages, Chipman Design worked with the client to navigate the City of Chicago Self-Certification Permit Process in addition to receiving building approvals from the Chicago Loop Alliance. 


Due to space being located in a multi-story building with no direct access through the exterior wall, the team routed the fireplace vent underneath the raised floor and vented through the exterior wall underneath the bridge next to the Chicago River. Requiring creative mechanical thinking and coordination, CDA worked tirelessly with the Client and landlord to prove feasibility of this stunning Ferro-designed feature.

Design Concept and Design Detailing: Slava Simontov and Ferrero.

Nutella logo/sculpture next to stairs leading into cafeRendering of the Nutella CafeDining are with daisy flower-shaped chandelierBakery counter with pastry displaysDetail of bar and barstools