Eating/Drinking

Inside Chicago’s Behemoth New Food Hall, Time Out Market Chicago

Photo by Jack Li/Courtesy of Time Out Market Chicago

Chicago isn’t lacking for food halls by any means, but the latest dining collective is in a league all its own, as Time Out Market Chicago completely upends the idea of what a food hall is—and what it can be. Clocking in at a jaw-dropping 50,000 square feet, this Fulton Market behemoth is a game changer, bringing together some of the best chefs in the city for a veritable greatest hits of Chicago’s most destination-worthy eats in one convenient location.

Photo by Jack Li/Courtesy of Time Out Market Chicago

It’s the latest food hall from the Time Out brand, which operates in Lisbon, Boston, New York, and Miami, among other cities. The Chicago outpost is the company’s largest in the country, and it has pulled out all the stops by curating a laundry list of popular local restaurants and bars.

With 18 kitchens, three bars, demo kitchen, event kitchen, entertainment space, and rooftop, there’s a lot to savor here, especially considering how impressively curated the restaurant concepts are. It’s basically the Avengers of culinary talent, but instead of Iron Man, Captain America, and Black Widow, you have heavy hitters like the Purple Pig, Fat Rice, and the Duck Inn, serving variations of their specialties in a fast-casual format.

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Altogether, it’s a dizzying array of delicacies, from princess cakes via Lost Larson’s Bobby Schaffer and tacos from Dos Urban Cantina’s Brian Enyart to wood-fired South American fare from El Che Bar’s John Manion and fried chicken sandwiches from Split-Rail’s Zoe Schor. And that’s the very tip of the iceberg. Other spots include the Art of Pizza, burger-slinging Mini Mott, Pretty Cool Ice Cream, and Vietnamese eatery HaiSous.

Photo by Jack Li/Courtesy of Time Out Market Chicago

In addition, the Time Out Market bar features cocktail recipes from some of the city’s top bars, including Best Intentions, Punch House, Arbella, and Billy Sunday. Plus! A local-centric beer list featuring such Chicago breweries as Moody Tongue, Dovetail, Cruz Blanca, and Off Color. And if all that weren’t enough, the duo behind the city’s most acclaimed tiki bar—Shelby Allison and Paul McGee of Lost Lake—have opened a brand-new bar, Secret Sound, on the food hall’s second floor. Seriously, my head is spinning. And not from the alcohol.

Photo by Jack Li/Courtesy of Time Out Market Chicago

You can enjoy all of it by moseying around and ordering from different counters, enjoying your food on actual china plates at communal tables in the middle of the sprawling, warehouse-style space.

In the demo kitchen and event space, look for cooking classes and live performances spotlighting local talent. Because of course.

Photo by Jack Li/Courtesy of Time Out Market Chicago

Time Out Market Chicago is open Sunday–Thursday, 8 a.m.–10 p.m. and Friday–Saturday, 8 a.m.–11 p.m.