Food Halls in Chicago
26 March 2019
Have you noticed that food halls are booming in Chicago? The modern, tech-savvy relative of the now dinosaur-like food court, food halls reflect the changing tastes and preferences of urban diners who appreciate their upscale design, diverse options and delicious offerings. Take a look at these five halls across the city that are sure to please your palate.
Located on the 5th and 6th floors of 900 N Michigan, Aster Hall hosts 16 different vendors in an elegant atmosphere. The lineup is curated by Hogsalt Hospitality and utilizes digital self-service kiosks for ordering and purchasing meals. Options include burgers from Small Cheval, chicken and waffle fries from The Rotisserie, ramen from Ginza and vegan options from Grateful Grains & Greens.
One of the pioneers of the Chicago food hall scene, Foodlife is located on the mezzanine level of Water Tower Place. Run by Lettuce Entertain You, you’ll find 14 distinctive, delicious kitchens in this urban hall. Options include pizza, sushi, Mexican, Chinese, barbeque and a salad bar. With such an all-encompassing group of fresh dishes being served daily, it’s difficult to leave Foodlife hungry.
WELLS STREET MARKET
Wells Street Market, located at 205 W Wacker Dr, boasts 9 fast-casual restaurants that appeal to a wide range of tastes and needs. Patrons can choose Polish food from The Chow Brothers, ramen from Furious Spoon, gyros from Piggie Smalls or barbeque from Pork & Mindys; those with a sweet tooth can purchase artisanal doughnuts from Firecakes. There’s even a florist in the building for those feeling inspired to pick up a quick gift for someone special.
CHICAGO FRENCH MARKET
Chicago French Market is located at 131 N Clinton St, one level below the Ogilvy Transportation Center. Billed as the Original Chicago Food Hall, The Chicago French Market is “largely comprised of entrepreneurs, family-owned businesses and accomplished purveyors presenting foods from around the world.” It features over 30 local vendors, with its proximity to Ogilvy and Union Stations making it an ideal place for commuters for grab lunch for later or a quick bite before heading home. The seemingly- endless list of options here includes poké bowls, lobster rolls, Vietnamese food and a smoothie stand.
Chef Richard Sandoval’s Latinicity is a food hall with a Latin American theme. Located on the 3rd floor in Block 37 on State St, you’ll find a broad range of dishes including burgers, sushi, stir fry and seafood with a Latin street food twist. Latinicity also features a full-service bar and sit-down restaurant, Pueblo.
With the upcoming launch of Time Out Market Chicago, locals and visitors will have even more options for fabulous dining under one roof. One thing for sure is that 1000M residents will have plenty of dining options to choose from, no matter where in the city they venture!