Chicago’s Union Station is getting more serious about bringing another food hall downtown. There’s been little news since officials unfurled their intentions two years ago, but now officials have reportedly started to solicit operators in hopes of finding an experienced partner to manage the space. Renovations to accommodate the food hall will cost Amtrak $10 million, according to the Sun-Times.
Amtrak has already begun work on Union Station renovations and officials hope to complete construction by mid-2020. They’ve set an October deadline for food hall operators interested in the space, though that date may be extended. What that means is it might be a little while until a food hall is operational. The plan is by the end of 2020.
By now, Chicagoans are well familiar with food halls, which are mostly clustered downtown and in West Loop. Just east of Union Station and across the river, plans are on the board for a food hall inside Willis Tower. Chicago’s tallest skyscraper is getting a spinoff of New York’s Urbanspace. Some may scoff why two food halls could function so close together. But Union Station does need to feed its travelers. Willis Tower does draw draws plenty of downtown workers, and tourists do love the Skydeck.
Downtown food halls include Revival Food Hall, Forum 55, Wells Street Market, Eataly, and Latincity. The next food hall to open in Chicago should be Time Out Market. A spokesperson said it’s on track to debut early fall in Fulton Market.
Stay tuned for any updates on a possible Union Station food hall.