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A New Type of Food Court is Coming to the Loop this Fall – The Marketplace

Foodies rejoice! The ground floor of 125 S. Clark St. in the Loop will soon be home to an experimental new type of lunch spot—The Marketplace.

This isn’t your typical food court, but rather a playground for local chefs to test their new food concepts out in the Loop. Each of the ten food stalls are expected to feature eclectic lunch choices way beyond the typical salads and sandwiches.

Blue Star Properties, which owns the building, is still recruiting local talent to set up shop, but has announced that lunch-goers can expect an artisan coffee shop, vinyl record store, and a space for food-truck cuisine that will rotate chefs each month. The space will also include seating for lunch-goers who purchase food from the multiple food trucks that line up on Clark Street.

Bruce Finkelman and Craig Golden, the team behind Longman & Eagle in Logan Square, will be heading the project. Chef Jared Wentworth, Longman & Eagle founding partner, will also be involved.

Earlier this month, Blue Star Properties first announced their plans to transform the 20-story Daniel Burnham-designed office tower at 125 S. Clark St. into The National, a chic new office space for companies looking for a hip boutique-like space with amenities like The Marketplace. The eatery is expected to open this fall.

(Photo: Blue Star Properties)

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