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December at Time Out Market Chicago: Cultural activations are in full swing and new culinary addition ARAMI brings contemporary Japanese cuisine and pristine sushi

By Time Out PR Admin

CHICAGO (December 10, 2019)Time Out Market Chicago opened in November at 916 W Fulton Market, bringing the best of the city under one roof: its best chefs, drinks and cultural experiences—based on editorial curation. Now it has curated a holiday-infused programming for December with a local focus and featuring local talent, ranging from hands-on cooking classes with Chicago favorite Tortello and trivia nights to a festive holiday bazaar and an art-fueled fun run through Fulton Market. Many of these activations are free and open to the public, and information on ticketed events can be found at

In addition to the fun-filled calendar of events, a new food concept joins Time Out Market Chicago: starting December 13, Arami will serve contemporary Japanese cuisine. This complements the all-star lineup, featuring 18 of Chicago’s most outstanding chefs and restaurateurs, offering some of the city’s best food every day of the week from morning to night, alongside a curated beverage program.

Here’s what’s happening at Time Out Market Chicago in December:

Time Out Market Chicago Holiday Bazaar—curated by Sauced
December 12 | 5 p.m.
Time Out Market Chicago kicks off its inaugural holiday bazaar on its second floor with help from Sauced, a roving night market dedicated to food, art, and debauchery set to tunes. Join for an evening of holiday shopping in style with 20 amazing local vendors, a live DJ and tastings with Tortello and Cheese Sex Death.

ARAMI opens at Time Out Market Chicago, serving contemporary Japanese cuisine and pristine sushi
December 13 | 5 p.m. Mon-Fri and 11 a.m. Sat-Sun
One of the pioneering restaurants in Chicago’s now-booming West Town neighborhood, Arami brings both traditional and contemporary Japanese cuisine to Time Out Market Chicago’s second floor, adding another culinary highlight to the already stacked lineup. Precise and flavorful dishes executed by Executive chef Joseph Fontelera feature a range of sashimi, nigiri, maki and warm small platesmany showcased in exciting signature presentations. Owned by Fujimura Hospitality, Arami has earned the prestigious Bib Gourmand Award by Michelin every year since 2016, and has been profiled extensively in Time Out Chicago, Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, Thrillist and more.

Chicago Ugly Sweater Art Run
December 14 | 10  a.m.
Celebrate the holidays with Runstreet and Time Out Market Chicago on a festive 5K Art Run through Chicago's historical West Loop neighborhood. Runstreet will guide an easy-paced run through the former meatpacking district making stops at street art for discussion and photos. This experience is curated by seasoned runners, a local art expert and includes professional photography available to all participants after the event. Bundle up in those ugly sweaters and enjoy a beautiful December morning with Runstreet. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

Holiday Sing-Along and Festive Family Fun
December 15 | 11 a.m.
Snap a festive selfie in front of Time Out Market Chicago’s cheerful backdrop, then place it in the kids' handmade holiday picture frame to create the perfect holiday takeaway. Plus, the whole family will love a featured matinee act with Mister Danny from the Chicago Magic Lounge, with a show and strolling act at noon. Attendees can finish off the experience by joining carolers from the Merit School of Music for a festive holiday sing-along beginning at 1 p.m.

December 19 | 8 p.m. (and following that, regularly)
Trivia@Tony’s—Time Out Market Chicago’s third-floor rooftop bar—is kicking off with six rounds of interactive holiday-themed trivia, packed with plenty of references to festive movies and songs. As an early holiday gift, every person on the winning team will take home a complimentary ticket to the Laugh Factory in Lakeview, courtesy of Brain Sportz Trivia. 

Ongoing: Tortello Pasta-Making Class
Wednesdays | 6:30 p.m.
Tortello’s pasta experts teach the art of handcrafted noodles at this interactive class in Time Out Market Chicago’s event kitchen on the second floor. Pasta aficionados are invited to create volcanoes of dough, hand-roll the pasta and learn the artform behind intricate shapes. After all that hard work, attendees are invited to enjoy a family-style dinner at the Chef’s Table, featuring fan-favorite plates from Tortello, like tortelli di burrata, stuzzichini, seasonal veggies and desert. Ready to experience the true spirit of Italian hospitality? Mangia! Tickets are available at

Ongoing: Tortello Pasta-Making Class with Kids
Sundays | 10:30 a.m.
Tortello’s expert pasta makers will teach little ones the art of handmade pasta—from creating their own volcano of dough to hand-rolling it to forming their own noodle shapes. Each attendee will take home their dough and the pasta they create as well as a Time Out Market apron. After getting their hands dirty, these young chefs will enjoy a family-style meal that includes kid-approved dishes like lumache and bucatini with ragu and pomodoro stracciatella, a selection of stuzzichini (finger foods) and salame al cioccolato. Tickets are available at

Ongoing: Handmade Pasta-Making Demonstrations and Tastings with Tortello
Thursdays and Sundays | Every hour: Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 8 p.m.
At Time Out Market Chicago’s second-floor Demo Kitchen, foodies can watch as Tortello’s professionally trained sfoglinas (pasta-makers) demonstrate how to create hand-made pasta  including building a flour volcano and rolling out different pasta shapes. Following the class, guests can enjoy freshly made gnocchetti sardi with pomodoro, stracciatella and basilico.

To  stay up to date on programming at Time Out Market Chicago, please visit Time Out Market Chicago, located at 916 W Fulton Market, is open Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. (eateries close at 10 p.m.) and Friday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to midnight (eateries close at 11 p.m.) Select eateries serve breakfast items in the morning, while most others open at 11a.m.

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