First came Chicago French Market, then came Eataly and Latinicity. Food halls are becoming quite the thing in Chicago, and while up until this point they've skewed international, an upcoming food hall will pay homage to its homeland in the Loop. Here's everything you need to know about Revival Food Hall.
Due this summer in the Loop's historic National Building, Revival Food Hall hails from 16" On Center, a hospitality group behind local favorites like Longman & Eagle, The Promontory, Dusek's Board & Beer, and MONEYGUN. They've solidified themselves as a restaurant and bar collective with a penchant for the city's distinct neighborhood culture, operating hit businesses as far-flung as Hyde Park, Pilsen, and Logan Square.
For their next endeavor, their biggest to date, they've set their sights on Chicago's official downtown area, the Loop.
As co-owner, Bruce Finkelman said during a tour of the under-construction food hall, the Loop is often overlooked as an actual neighborhood in Chicago; more of a place people filter through for work and then leave. But as evidenced by other Loop openings in recent years, such as Prime & Provisions, the Chicago Athletic Association hotel, the first Virgin Hotel in the world, and the aforementioned Latinicity, the downtown business district is in the midst of a renaissance. Or more aptly — a revival.
Revival Food Hall is a 24,000 square foot behemoth in the Daniel Burnham-designed 1907 building, rife with timeworn architecture and striking design elements. While the rest of the 20-story building is undergoing renovations and being restored to gorgeous loft-style spaces by co-owner Craig Golden's real estate company Blue Star Properties, the crux of the food hall comprises the first floor.
Bringing a taste of Chicago's vibrant neighborhoods into the mix, Revival will feature 15 fast-casual stalls, all manned by local chefs and operators. Although there are still more to be announced, the first of the confirmed outposts include locations of Wicker Park's Antique Taco, ramen-focused Furious Spoon (pictured at top), and Danke (pictured above), a charcuterie operation from the folks behind Logan Square's Table, Donkey & Stick.
There's also Graze Kitchenette (pictured below), 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.
The second wave of announced vendors include:
- Brown Bag Seafood Co.
- Smoque BBQ
- The Budlong
- Aloha Poke Co.
- Harvest Juicery
- Black Dog Gelato
- Union Squared
Revival will also feature a coffee bar that transitions into a liquor bar in the evening, plus a record shop and reading corner stocked with local and Midwestern work. Even local art will be on full display throughout the hall. It's truly a love letter to Chicago through and through.
Additionally, there will also be a 10,000 square foot event space on the sixth floor, with both indoor and outdoor space. Revival Food Hall is due to open mid-August at 125 S. Clark St.
Photos courtesy of Revival Food Hall.