Temporis

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Temporis is a 20-seat restaurant with an ambitious 12-course tasting menu. This is the first restaurant for Sam Plotnick and Evan Fullerton, who met while working at Les Nomades, the 39-year-old grande dame of French restaurants in Chicago. They began hosting small dinner parties together, and the idea turned into opening a restaurant. The $110 tasting menu is the only option. While many of the dishes highlight vegetables, there's no separate vegetarian menu. The restaurant is outfitted with LED lights that will change colors, maybe even over the course of the meal. "People sitting down at 6 p.m. might have orange lighting for a sunset," says Fullerton. "Later that could change to a cool lounge blue."Almost every design detail about the restaurant conveys this feeling of being in constant motion, even a striking logo created by local design firm Thist. "We looked at a bunch of different fonts," says Fullerton, "but Sam found these amazing graphic designers that used a computer to randomize the placement of symbols for the logo."