Chicago is taking the food hall concept to a whole new level. Eat, sip, shop, learn and more at these buzzing food court meets epicurean market hybrids. Here's a primer on the four biggest food halls in Chicago: Revival and Latinicity in the Loop, Eataly in the River North neighborhood and Chicago French Market in the West Loop.
New in 2016, Revival Food Hall is a massive 24,000-square-foot all-local foodie destination in the Daniel Burnham-designed 1907 building featuring 15 fast-casual stalls. Outposts include locations of Wicker Park's Antique Taco, ramen-focused Furious Spoon and charcuterie operation Danke, along with a coffee bar that transitions into an evening liquor bar and indoor-outdoor event space on the sixth floor.
Revival also hosts Graze Kitchenette (pictured above), a burger and superfood bowl venture from Sarah Jordan of Johnny's Grill, the first brick and mortar location for The Fat Shallot food truck, and the first permanent outpost for Farmer's Fridge, the salad company that operates vending machines stocked with jarred salads all over the city.
EATALY: 43 E. Ohio Street
Eataly was one of the first to combine a bustling European-style market with a high-end food court. With multiple locations around the world — and partners nationally that include Mario Batali, Lidia Bastianich and Joe Bastianich — Chicago holds the title as the largest Eataly in the U.S.
Savor Italian specialties from several sit-down restaurants and casual counters La Pizza & La Pasta, Il Pesce & Le Verdure, Osteria di Eataly, La Piazza and many more.
Indulge in Venchi Chocolates, fresh housemade pastries and chocolates, gelato made fresh daily, Nutella-infused desserts from the Nutella counter, and Lavazza coffee and espresso drinks. Stop by Caffé Vergnano on the second floor for authentic Italian espresso and shop for high-quality Italian artisanal goodies from meat, fish, fresh pasta, pastry and chocolate, cheese and cured meat counters.
LATINICITY: 108 N. State Street
Renowned Chef Richard Sandoval's multi-sensory Latinicity Food Hall + Lounge features 10 innovative kitchens, a tapas restaurant, coffee café, full bar, market and lounge. Latinicity commands an entire floor of the Block 37 shopping center in the Loop, with diverse offerings from Spain, Portugal and Latin America.
The colorful food oasis in the middle of downtown is part marketplace, part dining complex, part retail, part bar with a Latin art gallery meets street cart ambiance. Shop imported provisions and Latinicity branded goods and peruse menus from a counter service hamburguesa eatery, ensalada station, sushi stop, wok-cooked rice and stir-fry purveyor, taco stand and more.
The Chicago French Market brings together more than 30 individual specialty vendors in the West Loop, including grab-and-go meals. So much more than French artisan cheeses, bread, wine and pastries, the year-round indoor market brings together hand-selected vendors from Chicago's diverse neighborhoods like Pastoral and Black Dog Gelato.
Join the line of locals raving about the Hawaiian poke from Aloha Poke
Co. or sip Belgian beer and nibble fries from a paper cone at
Frietkoten. Grab breakfast, lunch or dinner, light snacks for the hotel, picnic goods for a spread in Millennium Park or wine and dessert.
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