There’s another new restaurant opening in the West Loop/Fulton Market, and this time it’s Sweetgreen, the LA-based fast-casual salad restaurant that made its Chicago debut last year in River North. This is the chain’s third restaurant in Chicago, as there’s also a location in The Loop. A fourth location is planned for Millennium Park.
Long lines wrapped around the River North location on opening day in August 2016, as salad fans eagerly poured into the restaurant. That opening was Sweetgreen’s first in the city, so the Fulton Market location may not be as popular. However, it gives nearby workers another fast-casual lunch spot right off Randolph Street, one of the hottest restaurant drags in the country. The chain features a variety of preset salad options, and lets customers create their own if so inclined. Bowls include pesto Portobello and curry cauliflower, while salad options include apple, pears, and cheddar or a kale Caesar.
The Fulton Market location features outdoor seating, while the interiors include a mural from a local artist named Cody Hudson called You and I (Unlimited Dub). The chain also has stores in California, D.C., Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
As builders finish construction on McDonald’s new headquarters down the street, it’s clear that chains have discovered the neighborhood. Sweetgreen gives West Loop a healthier option starting today at the corner of Randolph and Morgan.
Sweetgreen, 1000 W. Randolph St., (312) 471-0200, open 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
CORRECTION: The story previously stated the Sweetgreen was based in Washington, D.C. The company started there, but moved operations two years ago to Los Angeles.