Posted 6 months ago in Eat & Drink by Brittany Tepper
2 MIN READ - Kiss your boring desk lunch goodbye. These six Loop food halls offer a taste of Chicago’s neighborhoods in one 30-minute lunch break.
With an atmosphere that feels more like a creative mecca than a Loop lunch spot, Revival Food Hall transforms your lunch break into a trendy dining experience. The food hall prides itself on offering “all local dining” with 15 fast-casual stalls featuring many of Chicago’s favorite neighborhood restaurants including The Fat Shallot, Antique Taco, and Smoque BBQ. Just when you think the atmosphere couldn’t get any hipper, you’ll notice Curbside Books & Records, Chicago’s only indie-only bookstore tucked in the back corner. Browse a collection of independent fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and music from local musicians.
Loop workers can’t get enough of Forum 55. Located just one block from Millennium Park at 55 E. Monroe St., this 10,000-square-foot food hall offers six fast-casual stalls from some of Chicago’s favorite chefs including Food Network star and Chicago native Jeff Mauro’s Pork & Mindy’s, and Phil Stefani and Adolfo Garcia’s Broken English. The food hall’s Community Garden is one of the largest salad bars in Chicago. Choose from salads, hummus, soups, smoked salmon, chicken tenders, and fresh salad dressing made in-house daily.
Chicago French Market is Chicago’s original food hall. Opened in 2009 and located below Ogilvie Transportation Center, the market offers everything from flowers to food from more than 30 local vendors. Taste cuisine from around the world including pierogis from Pierogi Crib, tacos from Buen Apetito, and Belgian fries from Netherlands-native Jeroen Hasenbos’ Frietkoten.
Latinicity brings a delicious interpretation of Latin street food to your lunch hour. The food hall, located on the third floor of Block 37 on State Street, is brought to you by world-renowned Chef Richard Sandoval and features eight innovative kitchens, a Mexican restaurant, coffee café, full bar, and lounge. While you can’t go wrong with traditional Latin food including tortas and molletes, the food hall also offers sushi, salads, burgers, and stir-fry all with an inventive Latin-inspired twist.
Located on the seventh floor of Macy’s State Street, Seven on State is a Loop hidden gem. Menu options include international dishes created by renowned chefs—Rick Bayless at Frontera Fresco, Takashi Yagihashi at TABO Sushi & Noodles and Marcus Samuelsson at Marc Burger. The food hall offers deals for different days of the week to keep your wallet and your stomach happy.
Wells Street Market brings the food hall frenzy closer to the river. Located at Wacker and Wells, the market boasts nine fast-casual dining spots, a full-service bar, and specialty flower service by local favorite Flowers for Dreams. Piggie Smalls Gyro Shop, Chow Bros., Dos Toros Taqueria, and Furious Spoon are just a few of the new market’s hot spots.
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