The Diver, at 601 N. Wells St., is a tropical bungalow hut escape in River North. Inspired by beachside bites & cocktails along small beach towns in Mexican such as Tulum, Sayulita, Puerto Escondido, Nayarit, and Baja.
The menu will have takes on seafood tacos, ceviches and aguachiles, with options for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. The Ceviche Bar menu will include fish, shrimp, tuna, and vegan options.
Chicago native Jasmine Diaz leads the bar program. Back from Mexico after several years working at La Rosa Negra in Mexico City and Gitano in Tulum.
The exterior will be an urban take on the corner beach shack with custom painted murals and wood siding. The interior is inspired by travels along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Clean white with earth tone murals with seagrass fixtures and cedar lining. The open window seating along Ohio & Wells let guests dine on their meals with a Chicago breeze. Playlists created by Tulum DJ’s will also be provided. The small back parking lot will be transformed into an outdoor dining oasis in the coming weeks with the same menu and design aesthetic.
The Diver has 38 seats in the dining room to allow for social distancing. All plates, and cutlery are single-use and eco-friendly to avoid cross contamination. Made from fallen banana leafs, Leafware products are all-natural, compostable and biodegradable, and contain zero binders or chemicals. The streamlined menu allows The Diver to operate with minimal staff, creating an environment that prioritizes employee safety and guest wellbeing. A takeout menu is also available, allowing guests to enjoy The Diver at home.