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The Eight Essential Food Halls in Chicago

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Variety is the spice of life and Chicago’s food halls are chock-full of many quality options. Instead of settling for just one menu, downtown diners can sample some of the city’s most popular restaurants inside these following venues. From fried chicken and burgers to sushi and tacos, there’s more than enough to satisfy everyone. And if eaters can’t decide between the numerous options, the solution is simple: Try them all.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Aster Hall

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900 N Michigan Ave 5th & 6th Fl
Chicago, IL 60611

Located inside the 900 North Michigan Shops, Aster Hall brings a touch of elegance to the food hall experience with posh furnishings and digital self-service kiosks. The lineup is curated by Hogsalt Hospitality and touts 16 different “vaults.” Don’t feel like waiting hours in line at Au Cheval? Order a cheeseburger from Small Cheval instead or try one of the various new options like The Rotisserie Waffle Fries and Chicken’s crunchy fried chicken sandwich.

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835 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 335-3663
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Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises is one of Chicago’s most prominent restaurant groups so it’s only fitting it runs a bustling food court inside Water Tower Place. Take a break from shopping and head down to the mezzanine level for 14 distinctive kitchens. They range from a robust salad bar to Chinese selections by Big Bowl, such as orange chicken and fried rice. The process has also been streamlined for efficiency: Guests receive a card upon entering, swipe it for purchases, and pay on the way out.

3. Eataly

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43 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 521-8700
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Whether guests are looking for lunch or a bottle of olive oil, they’ll find it at the Italian marketplace. Eataly’s two floors house multiple restaurants and food counters, such as La Pizza & La Pasta, a sit-down experience serving Neapolitan pies, cacio e pepe, and more. After taking down a hearty meal and perusing the aisles, stop by Gelato Bar on the way out for some housemade frozen treats.

4. Wells Street Market

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205 W Wacker Dr #100
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 614-4176
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Sandwiches are a reliable, albeit mundane, choice for a quick lunch. Luckily, this new food hall in the Loop is home to vendors that offer exciting, top notch versions of the dish. Explore Mediterranean flavors with pork gyros and other Greek fare at Jimmy Bannos Jr.’s Piggie Smalls. For a twist on the classic Italian sandwich, get the Dante from Tempesta Market — a mouthwatering combination of hot sopressata, mortadella, salami, coppa, porchetta, and ‘nduja aioli.

5. Chicago French Market

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131 N Clinton St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 575-0306
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Commuters appreciate this OG European-style marketplace located under Ogilvie Transportation Center for its breadth of options. Didn’t have time to pack a meal or looking to kill time before departure? Stop by and grab flaky pastries from Lito’s Empanadas and luxurious lobster rolls from Happy Lobster. It’s a much better alternative to subsisting on protein bars.

6. Latinicity

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108 N State St 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 795-4444
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Renowned chef Richard Sandoval brings a host of cross-cultural flavors to Block 37. Focusing on Latin American street food, Latinicity features eight kitchens, a sit-down restaurant, a full bar, and more. Build the perfect taco or burrito combination at Machefé Taqueria or indulge in Chaufa Wok’s Peruvian-style stir fry.

7. Forum 55

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55 E Monroe St
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 849-9512
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Catering primarily to office workers, this 10,000-square-foot dining hall is open Monday through Friday for breakfast and lunch. Eaters use automated kiosks to place orders from the stalls, which include Pork & Mindy’s and its signature “Bao to the Pork” sandwich (smoked pork shoulder topped with plum sauce, pickled daikon and carrot, and cucumber and jalapeno relish on a bao). There are also rotating pop-ups, dubbed the Apron Exchange, aimed at highlighting women- and minority-owned businesses.

8. Revival Food Hall

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125 S Clark St
Chicago, IL 60603
(773) 999-9411
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This busy Loop destination was the first of several dedicated food halls to have opened in the past few years. Some of Chicago’s most popular restaurants have outposts here, including Smoque and the Budlong. So if folks are suffering through a long workday, tender brisket and Nashville hot chicken can help make things better.

1. Aster Hall

900 N Michigan Ave 5th & 6th Fl, Chicago, IL 60611

Located inside the 900 North Michigan Shops, Aster Hall brings a touch of elegance to the food hall experience with posh furnishings and digital self-service kiosks. The lineup is curated by Hogsalt Hospitality and touts 16 different “vaults.” Don’t feel like waiting hours in line at Au Cheval? Order a cheeseburger from Small Cheval instead or try one of the various new options like The Rotisserie Waffle Fries and Chicken’s crunchy fried chicken sandwich.

900 N Michigan Ave 5th & 6th Fl
Chicago, IL 60611

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835 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises is one of Chicago’s most prominent restaurant groups so it’s only fitting it runs a bustling food court inside Water Tower Place. Take a break from shopping and head down to the mezzanine level for 14 distinctive kitchens. They range from a robust salad bar to Chinese selections by Big Bowl, such as orange chicken and fried rice. The process has also been streamlined for efficiency: Guests receive a card upon entering, swipe it for purchases, and pay on the way out.

835 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

3. Eataly

43 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

Whether guests are looking for lunch or a bottle of olive oil, they’ll find it at the Italian marketplace. Eataly’s two floors house multiple restaurants and food counters, such as La Pizza & La Pasta, a sit-down experience serving Neapolitan pies, cacio e pepe, and more. After taking down a hearty meal and perusing the aisles, stop by Gelato Bar on the way out for some housemade frozen treats.

43 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611

4. Wells Street Market

205 W Wacker Dr #100, Chicago, IL 60606

Sandwiches are a reliable, albeit mundane, choice for a quick lunch. Luckily, this new food hall in the Loop is home to vendors that offer exciting, top notch versions of the dish. Explore Mediterranean flavors with pork gyros and other Greek fare at Jimmy Bannos Jr.’s Piggie Smalls. For a twist on the classic Italian sandwich, get the Dante from Tempesta Market — a mouthwatering combination of hot sopressata, mortadella, salami, coppa, porchetta, and ‘nduja aioli.

205 W Wacker Dr #100
Chicago, IL 60606

5. Chicago French Market

131 N Clinton St, Chicago, IL 60661

Commuters appreciate this OG European-style marketplace located under Ogilvie Transportation Center for its breadth of options. Didn’t have time to pack a meal or looking to kill time before departure? Stop by and grab flaky pastries from Lito’s Empanadas and luxurious lobster rolls from Happy Lobster. It’s a much better alternative to subsisting on protein bars.

131 N Clinton St
Chicago, IL 60661

6. Latinicity

108 N State St 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60602

Renowned chef Richard Sandoval brings a host of cross-cultural flavors to Block 37. Focusing on Latin American street food, Latinicity features eight kitchens, a sit-down restaurant, a full bar, and more. Build the perfect taco or burrito combination at Machefé Taqueria or indulge in Chaufa Wok’s Peruvian-style stir fry.

108 N State St 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

7. Forum 55

55 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603

Catering primarily to office workers, this 10,000-square-foot dining hall is open Monday through Friday for breakfast and lunch. Eaters use automated kiosks to place orders from the stalls, which include Pork & Mindy’s and its signature “Bao to the Pork” sandwich (smoked pork shoulder topped with plum sauce, pickled daikon and carrot, and cucumber and jalapeno relish on a bao). There are also rotating pop-ups, dubbed the Apron Exchange, aimed at highlighting women- and minority-owned businesses.

55 E Monroe St
Chicago, IL 60603

8. Revival Food Hall

125 S Clark St, Chicago, IL 60603

This busy Loop destination was the first of several dedicated food halls to have opened in the past few years. Some of Chicago’s most popular restaurants have outposts here, including Smoque and the Budlong. So if folks are suffering through a long workday, tender brisket and Nashville hot chicken can help make things better.

125 S Clark St
Chicago, IL 60603

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