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Artists

Senkoe

Senkoene Interior Muralist curated by the B-Line

Born and raised in Mexico City, Senkoe’s love of art started at an early age, painting the walls of his mothers’ home. Inspired by the trains that traveled down from California to Mexico that were covered in local graffiti, Senkoe started to evolve as an artist. One of the major themes in Senkoe’s work is the discussion of identity. He mixes mystica imagery with references to pop culture, graphic design and modern illustration to create bold artistic statements.

For Azul, Senkoe drew inspiration from the Puebla region, an area in Mexico that specializes in ceramics and talavera. Senkoe mixed sacred geometry and nature to tie together the entire ambiance and environment of the Latin seafood cuisine with the use of the octopus and crab murals that wrap the walls of Azul. His art overtakes the nationalist discourse and goes beyond the border; they make use of a language that graces the mystical and spiritual profundities tied to the natural forces, use of colors, shamanism and magic. Fused into a Mexican chimeric identity, he constructs what can be called a narrative graffiti that results in his work stimulating the imagination of the passerby in a kind of animalistic and dream.

Senkoe’s bold, colorful and stunningly beautiful murals can be seen throughout the restaurant and Azul’s terrace ceiling.

COMPANY INQ

Company Inq Exterior Muralist

A creative design agency expressly built to serve a diverse portfolio of clients with varying needs, Company INQ boasts a uniquely crafted team with decades of design and street art.

  • Amuse

    Amuse 126 Co-Founder

    Amuse126 is a Chicago based artist who is amongst the top-tier of his generation when it comes to modern aerosol artwork. His techniques, designs and aerosol specific effects are pushing the envelope in the modern graffiti art world today. Amuse126’s organic and dynamic approach to traditional graffiti lettering also crosses the boundaries into abstract fine art. You can stare at his murals for hours as they are eye candy to the viewer.

  • John Morrison

    John spent the last decade plus building and expanding the Chicago Cubs brand footprint through amplification of its cultural touchpoints, most recently as its Director of Brand Development and Activation. His passion for art and design, coupled with his extensive business background, drives him to deliver the ultimate results for brands.

Lou Naranjo

Naranjo has done custom installations for themed events at The Godfrey, SX Sky Bar and Estate to name a few. He created the wooden letter installation outside Azul, inspired by vacations in places such as Tulum and Brazil.

Chef

Chef Michael

Michael Hernandez Executive Chef

Chicago South Side native Michael Hernandez found his passion for cooking by learning to cook for himself, coming from a single parent working home. Hernandez continued to hone his skills during an 8-year stint in the Navy as a chef. Hernandez received his formal culinary training from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago, formerly known as The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago. In 2013, Hernandez wanted to pursue opening his own restaurant and worked his way up in various kitchens, including Vio Café, which he quickly acquired and renamed in 2015.

Hernandez owned Diez Y Ocho, a burger joint in Pilsen where he was known for his gourmet burgers that were infused with Mexican ingredients like chorizo, guacamole, carnitas, and chilaquiles. His food was featured in “Chicago’s Best” and was a tribute to the Pilsen neighborhood.

As Executive Chef at Azul, Chef Michael is excited to step out of his comfort zone and expand his portfolio with the Latin inspired cuisine that fills the kitchen at Azul.

Located along the Chicago river in the burgeoning Goose Island neighborhood, Azul is an upscale mariscos (seafood) restaurant serving an expansive menu of Latin-inspired fare. The concept combines the ethos of an authentic mariscos restaurant with modern hospitality practices and all the touches of a sophisticated, lively spot.

Celebrating the rich flavors and fresh ingredients of Latin culinary culture, Azul’s chef-driven menu is brimming with refined representations of classic mariscos cuisine. Created by Executive Chef Michael Hernandez, Azul offers a variety of grilled, baked, fried and raw proteins as well as ceviches, seafood cocktails and artfully arranged family-style platters. Guests can look forward to mouthwatering dishes like Grilled King Crab Legs prepared Nayarit-style, Whole Veracruz Red Snapper and Grilled Tequila Lime Glazed Salmon topped with housemade fire roasted salsa and fresh avocado. The seasonal menu will change as the weather begins to turn colder, making Azul a year-round dining destination.

An inventive beverage program includes craft cocktails, cervezas, wine and international spirits. A list of signature libations will include Margarita towers, locally produced Pinches Miches Micheladas and seasonal & picturesque specialty cocktails. Large format drinks are available in pitchers & jarritos (clay pots) and bottle service is available.

The space itself is a visual experience that’s as bold and beautiful as the food & drinks themselves. The walls of the multi-level space are covered in shades of blue with accents of orange and bright white throughout. Original artwork in the form of ocean-inspired murals by Mexico’s Senoke punctuate the space while an eclectic array of glass, metal and ceramic light fixtures hang from the ceiling.

Oversized windows flood the main dining room and bar with natural light, creating a warm ambiance year-round. A lounge-like area next to the dining room boasts plush banquettes and garage doors, which create a wide-open feel in the summer and cozy atmosphere in the winter.

The crown jewel of Azul will undoubtedly be its rooftop named Cielo -one of the largest open-air rooftop in the city of Chicago. During the day, the rooftop will offer a decidedly more relaxed vibe where guests can sip on a drink or two and hang out as they enjoy the view. After the sun goes down, the rooftop will change a bit, combining the sexy, sultry feel of a lounge with the relaxed feel that’s at the center of the Azul brand.

Additional patios situated on the first floor provide extra options for al fresco dining & drinking in the spring, summer and fall.