At long last, Time Out Market — the Fulton Market food hall from the media company behind the namesake magazine — has an opening date. One of the most anticipated openings of the fall — thanks to a collection of restaurants including acclaimed Andersonville bakery Lost Larson, fried chicken from Split-Rail in West Town, and Eater’s 2019 best new restaurant member Virtue in Hyde Park — the opening had been pushed back. The food hall will debut one week before Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, November 21 at 916 W. Fulton Market.
The media company operates food halls in other cities both domestic and international, including Lisbon and Miami. In Chicago, it will wage a tightly contested battle for food hall supremacy. Fulton Galley is down the street. A few blocks south, Politan Row sits next to McDonald’s headquarters. Then there’s the often overlooked Chicago’s French Market.
The opening date wasn’t the only news a media release shared on Wednesday morning. There are new additions including the only Michelin-starred brewpub in Chicago. Check out the new reveals below.
The classy Ravenswood Eater 38 fine dining restaurant and brewpub is bringing a few of its beers and food items to the space. Look for eggplant naan with Old Bay aioli and sport peppers, and braised pork belly with coconut, tamarind, banana, and fennel.
This is the second Time Out Market restaurant from the Duck Inn’s Kevin Hickey and Brandon Phillips (the duo is also opening Duck Inn Dogs at the hall). Decent Beef will slice sandwiches from Creekstone Farm prime rib and use rolls from D’Amato’s Bakery in West Town. They’ll top their beefs with a selection of toppings including some Chicago-style ones: House-made giardiniera, sweet grilled peppers, or provolone cheese will be available. Combos (with Italian sausage) will also be served. There’s also a vegan version of the Italian beef made with roasted beets: “Beet Street” is seasoned with “vegan umami broth.” Add a Beyond Meat Italian sausage for a vegan combo. Italian beefs are often cited by Chicago vegans as one of their most requested items.
Time Out Market’s strategy is to use well-known chefs and restaurants, but Sugar Cube is a bit of a departure, though the names will be familiar to Chicago’s restaurant community. This is an “American-style patisserie” from pastry chef Christine McCabe (Interurban Boathouse, JoJo’s Milk Bar) and hospitality vet Jason Chan (Juno, Katana). Find an array of hot chocolate and seasonal malted milk drinks, plus baked goods and meringues.
The Wicker Park pasta restaurant opened earlier this year. It’s become a sleeper hit thanks to a window where customers can see pastas made by Alex Mulgrove and Duncan Biddulph. Given the positive response from the neighborhood, over at Time Out Market, customers will have a chance to take pasta classes in the second-floor demo and event kitchens.
Drinks will also play a big part for the food hall with bars on the first and second floors. It’ll also house a rooftop space where guests will get a nice view to the south. The bar will feature beverages made by bartenders at some of Chicago’s most popular bars including Punch House, Arbella, Billy Sunday, Best Intentions, and Flora Fauna (which is a restaurant).
And if Jeppson’s Malört is good enough for the world’s largest Starbucks, it’s good enough for Time Out which will serve the “Fulton Market Handshake” — a malört cocktail with a beer back from Hopewell Brewing.
Stay tuned for more coverage as opening date grows near.