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Tour Chicago’s Latest Food Hall Where Meatpackers Once Grazed

Fulton Galley and its five restaurants debut Saturday

Thai-style chicken tenders are among the selections at Fulton Galley.
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Fulton Galley, the new Fulton Market food hall features five restaurants, a large bar, and sidewalk seating. Steingold’s of Chicago, the Lincoln Square deli known for cured fish and bagels, headlines the vendor lineup. It’s Chicago’s third food hall to open this year and follows One Eleven Food Hall in Pullman and Politan Row which shares a building with McDonald’s headquarters off Randolph Restaurant Row.

Food halls are meant to give chefs experience in running a business. The hope at Galley is that their vendors taste success and eventually move out to open their own restaurants. Steingold’s is the only stall with a restaurant outside the food hall. The rest of the lineup is composed of industry veterans. The Tribune dives into Pink Salt’s northeastern Thai menu. Italianette is from a wife-and-husband team and will serve fresh pasta. Taco Mucho serves chorizo burgers, tacos, tortas, and more. Fairview’s menu includes its own tortas using rotisserie meats. There’s a veal brisket and ceviche.

Galley differs from most food halls as each stall has its own ventilation hood. That means chefs are cooking in front of their customers. Many chefs have said that this set up improves food quality. At night, ownership wants to promote a bar scene that will feature happy hour specials. The walls feature illustrations of Air Jordan sneakers from IPaintMyMind, a local not-for-profit group. It’s not like Galley was going to pick LeBron James’s footwear. There are 27 pieces of art on the wall which will rotate every six months. IPaintMyMind leases custom art to clients and uses that money to provide free art programs for local schools.

Check out the interiors and food shots below. Fulton Galley, the next food hall from a Pittsburgh company that’s opened food halls in Cleveland and Detroit, debuts Saturday.

Fulton Galley, 1115 W. Fulton Market, open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday with brunch and dinner served; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Bar open until 11 p.m. on Monday through Thursday; until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

The exterior of a food hall
Fulton Galley is the latest food hall to open in Chicago.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago
There’s sidewalk seating where meatpackers once roamed.
The bar area is what first greets customers through the entrance.
There are a few standing tables in the back.
There’s plenty of sunlight and a coffee shop vibe during the day.
The bar has 20 taps, and ownership is hopeful to forge relationships with local brewers.
A lounge area separates the bar from the food vendors.
Note the stalls in the background.
The dining area is in the back of the space.
The booths in back give privacy to those who want it.
These benches pop with color in an otherwise industrial designed space.
Behold: The private dining space that can also be used for meetings.
A lox sandwich Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Steingold’s za’tar spiced matza (fried chicken thighs and braised mustard green with southern grits).

Italianette is from a husband and wife team.

Italianette’s gemelli with fennel and park sausage, saffron, and pecorino.

Fairview’s baby kale salad.

Pink Salt serves northeastern Thai food.

Pink Salt’s larb gai (chicken salad with mint)

Taco Mucho’s green chorizo tacos with roasted poblanos and queso fresco.

Fulton Galley

1115 West Fulton Market, , IL 60607 (312) 210-0920 Visit Website

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