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Korean Market H Mart Sets an Opening Date For Chicago Location

The kalbi will sizzle soon

H Mart could be bringing bibimbap and more Korean favorites to the West Loop.
Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

Fans have been waiting since late 2016, but the owners of H Mart have finally revealed an opening date for their first Chicago location. The Korean-focused chain of Pan Asian groceries that also house quick-serve restaurants is scheduled to open on February 1 at 711 W. Jackson Boulevard in the West Loop. There’s currently a Super H Mart in suburban Niles — a larger spinoff of the original brand.

H Mart officials haven’t revealed the restaurant lineup for Chicago, but officials back in September 2016 said there will be a food court. H Mart also has locations in Glenview, Naperville, and Schaumburg. Super H Mart in Niles has more of a shopping mall feel, with multiple businesses under one roof. The restaurants in Niles include chicken wing and dumpling (mandoo) stalls. Of course, home cooks will be delighted to shop for ingredients not found at other grocers.

The Chicago location is inside a former office supply store, so it won’t have room for all those bells and whistles. February 1’s grand opening activities include a ribbon cutting and traditional Korean ceremonies and dances. H Mart operates 60 locations across 12 states.

While Chicago’s food halls have been getting much attention, H Mart’s food court may out shine all of them. This story will be updated if H Mart officials reveal more details.