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Optimo

Address

1700 W. 95th St.

Neighborhood

Beverly

Hours

Sat, Oct 13: 9am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 14: Closed

Photography Prohibited Long Lines Wheelchair Accessible Washrooms Available

Architect

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 2018

Website

optimo.com

Description

Visit the new headquarters and production facilities of Optimo, situated within a century-old firehouse in Beverly. Optimo is Chicago’s only custom men’s hatmaker, known for its classic fedoras, straw Panama hats and even a limited edition hat modeled after Frank Lloyd Wright’s signature headwear. The exceptional renovation by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) consolidates Optimo’s operations into one 7,500-square-foot space. The design imparts an industrial aesthetic enhanced by a palette of refined, understated materials like blackened steel, walnut and cork. The factory, the smallest ever designed by SOM, is a working museum of hatmaking equipment dating back to the turn of the century.

Behind the Scenes

Visit Optimo's new headquarters and production facilities in this SOM-renovated firehouse.