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Time Out Market Chicago announces November 21 opening date and reveals final additions to its stellar culinary lineup, an exciting beverage program and cultural activations

By Time Out PR Admin

Time Out Market Chicago announces today that it will open to the public on Thursday, November 21 at 8am. Located at 916 W Fulton Market, the highly anticipated food and cultural market will bring the best of the city under one roof, including 18 of Chicago’s most outstanding chefs and restaurateurs, exciting craft cocktails, culinary and cultural experiences from local talent and more—all handpicked by Time Out Chicago’s editorial team.

Time Out Market Chicago also reveals the final additions to its all-star lineup: Band of Bohemia will bring its award-winning brewpub concept, Chef Kevin Hickey and Brandon Phillips will offer a fresh take on Italian beef with the debut of Decent Beef, Sugar Cube will serve whimsical sweet treats and Tortello will bring a taste of Italy to the market’s demonstration and event kitchens on the second floor.

The previously announced curated mix of acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs includes Abe Conlon of Fat Rice, John Manion of El Che Steakhouse & Bar, Kevin Hickey of the Duck Inn, Lost Larson, FARE, Funkenhausen, Dos Urban Cantina, Brian Fisher of Entente, Thai Dang of HaiSous, Bill Kim of urbanbelly, Mini Mott, The Purple Pig, Art of Pizza, Split-Rail and Pretty Cool Ice Cream. Additionally, Lost Lake co-owners Paul McGee and Shelby Allison will debut their new cocktail concept Secret Sound, and Chef Erick Williams will spearhead a culinary event series.

Spanning 50,000 square feet and three floors, Time Out Market Chicago will celebrate the very best the city has to offer with its 18 kitchens, three bars, demonstration kitchen, event kitchen, entertainment platform with bleacher seating and an all-season rooftop bar complete with impressive skyline views.

Time Out Market Chicago is open Sunday through Thursday from 8am to 10pm and Friday through Saturday from 8am to 11pm. Select eateries will serve breakfast items in the morning, while most others will open at 11am; bars will stay open until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Time Out Market Chicago will bring a new culinary and cultural experience to the West Loop—we can’t wait to open the doors on November 21” said Didier Souillat, CEO of Time Out Market. “We created this spectacular place to showcase the outstanding talent of which Chicago is so rich. Every day of the week from morning to night, our guests will get to enjoy some of the city’s best food, see top chefs in action, sip cocktails created by leading local mixologists and come together around communal tables—and if this wasn’t enough, there will also be exciting cultural activations. This year, we have opened five Time Out Markets in North America and the one in Chicago is the largest of them—it’s a big celebration of this fantastic city and it is dedicated to democratizing fine dining. We are making fine dining casual, and casual extraordinary.”

Final additions to the lineup ranging from elevated brewpub and classic Midwest fare to an Americana-style patisserie

  • Band of Bohemia will bring its award-winning brewpub concept to Time Out Market
    Rooted in the namesake bohemian spirit of collective ingenuity and dedicated to providing an elevated level of cuisine, libations and service, Band of Bohemia was envisioned by co-founders and Midwest natives Michael Carroll (Head Brewer) and Craig Sindelar (Director of Operations), who met while they were working at three-Michelin star Alinea. Since opening in 2015 in Ravenswood, Band of Bohemia has been praised for Carroll’s ability to craft beers that pair seamlessly with an ever-changing, seasonal menu curated by Chef Soo Ahn, alongside Sindelar’s extensive wine knowledge and superior service standards.

    With the belief that one can create a unique beer that is appropriate, if not essential, to a finer dining experience, Band of Bohemia is the first brewpub to have been awarded a Michelin star. Now Carroll and Sindelar will bring their elevated, chef-driven eats and fascinating beers to Time Out Market Chicago starting with their coveted Jasmine Rice Ale with future beers rotating in harmony with the seasons. On the menu: signature eats like the beloved eggplant naan with Old Bay aioli and sport peppers or the braised pork belly with coconut, tamarind, banana and fennel.

  • Chef Kevin Hickey and Brandon Phillips will offer a fresh take on Italian beef with the debut of Decent Beef
    From the minds behind the Duck Inn comes an exciting new concept devoted to one of Chicago’s most iconic dishes. Chef Kevin Hickey and Brandon Phillips spent a lot of time developing their own spin on Chicago’s beloved Italian beef, respecting the original flavors and building the sandwich with the finest ingredients and best techniques. To create their signature Italian Beef, the duo uses all-natural, hormone free prime rib from Creekstone Farms—slow-roasted every night and heated in classic veal bone broth flavored with garlic, Calabrian chilies, oregano and basil. The meat is then piled into a crusty roll from Chicago’s own D’Amato’s Bakery, and can be ordered hot (house giardiniera), sweet (grilled sweet peppers), melted (aged provolone), dipped (their unique take on this traditional style), or do all of the above and order a Mad Decent! Of course, there is an option for a classic combo with Italian Sausage too. Going one step further, Hickey and Phillips developed a vegan interpretation of the sandwich, cleverly dubbed the Beet Street, which is crafted with farm-fresh beets that are similarly seasoned and slow roasted, then thinly sliced into a vegan umami broth before getting tucked into the same D’Amato’s roll. Want a vegan classic combo? Add Italian sausage from Beyond Meat as well. Decent Beef is a tribute to Hickey and Phillips’ love of Chicago’s uniquely American food scene, and Time Out Market guests will have the exclusive opportunity to indulge in one of the city’s favorite dishes, crafted by this expert team.

  • Sugar Cube will serve whimsical sweet treats at Time Out Market
    Christine McCabe and Jason Chan—two long-standing hospitality industry veterans and friends—have joined forces to create Sugar Cube, a new dessert concept that celebrates old-school Americana with new-school sensibilities. Called a “creator of magic” by esteemed Chicago Tribune dining critic Phil Vettel, McCabe’s impressive career includes stints at some of the world’s top restaurants, such as Joël Robuchon in Paris, Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago and Metropolitan in Salt Lake City. In 2005, Bon Appétit magazine named her Pastry Chef of the Year, and her work has been featured in The New York Times, Food & Wine and Town & Country. A successful restaurateur for over 30 years, Jason Chan has brought his deep knowledge and passion of the Chicago hospitality industry to an elite “who’s who” collection of establishments and restaurant groups nationwide. Ohba, Butter, Urban Union, Juno and Katana are among the highly acclaimed restaurants he conceptualized throughout his professional career as a partner/owner and consultant.

    At Sugar Cube, Time Out Market guests can expect a cozy and decadent Americana-style patisserie. Pastries and baked goods will be handmade daily using natural ingredients. Glass candy jars filled with colorful and fluffy meringues will satisfy any sweet tooth, as will a range of seasonal malted milk and hot chocolate beverages. And for the ultimate indulgence? A personal, made-to-order specialty dessert will be available for dine-in guests (while supplies last daily). At Sugar Cube, “Life is pretty sweet, especially when you add a treat!”

  • Tortello will bring a taste of Italy to Time Out Market Chicago
    Guests of Time Out Market Chicago will have the opportunity to learn how to make pasta from scratch with Tortello’s hands-on pasta-making classes, part of the market’s rotating culinary programming. Hosted at the second-floor demo and event kitchens, diners will learn techniques of making various types of pasta from Tortello's head sfoglina (pasta maker) Alex Mulgrove, using imported Italian flour and local eggs. Following the class, guests will enjoy a family-style dinner, prepared by the team at Tortello led by executive chef Duncan Biddulph, who draws from his personal experiences in Italy as well as Italian native owner Dario Monni's family recipes. From gnochetti sardi to tortelli, agnolotti to garganelli, no matter what guests make, everything is sure to be “handmade with love.”

Curated activations at the market’s second floor experiential space

Time Out Chicago magazine isn’t just about food, and neither is Time Out Market. Guests can expect cultural experiences and activations that run the gamut from storytime with drag queens and holiday craft markets to wellness workshops and themed tasting menus. The second floor will also temporarily display an interactive mural, which showcases the Chicago skyline and is inspired by the unique design found on West + Wilder wine cans, sold exclusively at Time Out Market Chicago bars. Additionally, a series of cooking classes and pop-ups will be hosted in the demo and event kitchens on the second floor including Chicago favorite, Tortello.

A beverage program to complement Time Out Market Chicago’s culinary offerings

Time Out Market Chicago will be home to three bars—one on the first floor, one on the second floor and one on the rooftop (in addition to hidden speakeasy Secret Sound). Keeping with its mission to bring the best of the city under one roof, the market’s editorially curated beverage program features inspired libations created by leading mixologists from some of Chicago’s top cocktail destinations, as well as a selection of drinks that celebrate the city’s rich history.

Guests can choose from a variety of signature cocktails, such as the Punch Mission from the crew at Punch House, blending Control C pisco, Dimmi, ginger liqueur, pomegranate, spa water, lime and lemon; Never Let Go Rose crafted by the bar team at Arbella, made with Glendalough rose gin, Lillet rose syrup, brut rosé, grapefruit soda and lemon; Her Name Was C-O-L-A curated by Billy Sunday and made with Fernet Branca, Plantation Original Dark Rum and housemade cola; The Millennial by the team of Best Intentions featuring Evan Williams bonded bourbon, Harvey’s Bristol cream sherry, Luxardo Amaro Abano, sugar and bitters; and the sunny Sea Legs from Liz Pearce and the Flora Fauna crew with Plantation 3 Star rum, Chareau aloe liqueur, blueberry cordial, lime and mint.

Diners can also sip cocktails inspired by Chicago and its current and past markets, including the carrot juice-spiked Green City Bazaar, the yuzu-infused Argyle Street and the aptly named Fulton Market Handshake, which includes a Malört-based cocktail and a Hopewell Lil Buddy beerback. The bars also feature a robust selection of wine, local beers and non-alcoholic beverages.

Previously announced chefs and restaurateurs to join Time Out Market Chicago

To select the city’s best culinary talents, the Time Out Chicago editorial team trawled the city in search of the best chefs and restaurants, and then invited the very best to join Time Out Market’s all-star lineup. This curated selection offers an incredible range of local cuisine—served on fine china with flatware, and made affordable and accessible. In addition to the just-revealed Band of Bohemia, Sugar Cube, Decent Beef and Tortello, Time Out Market Chicago will feature the following top chefs and restaurateurs that have been previously announced:

  • Chef Brian Fisher of Michelin-starred Entente will offer approachable high-end dishes
  • Chef Bill Kim will serve unique takes on casual Asian cuisine
  • Chef Thai Dang will offer vibrant flavors through his masterfully executed modern Vietnamese fare
  • The Purple Pig will serve shareable, mouth-watering charcuterie boards
  • Split-Rail will introduce its pristine fried chicken and craveworthy biscuits
  • Mini Mott will offer its signature burger, lauded as one of the best in the country
  • The Art of Pizza will serve fan-favorite creations and award-winning pies
  • Pretty Cool Ice Cream will tout their much-lauded hand-crafted artisan ice cream
  • Abe Conlon will debut a unique and diverse Portuguese-inspired menu
  • John Manion will share his vibrant flame-kissed flavors
  • Chef Kevin Hickey of The Duck Inn will offer scrumptious signature hot dogs  
  • Lost Larson will unveil a drool-worthy pastry program
  • FARE will make visitors feel their best with healthy, clean and flavor-forward dishes
  • Funkenhausen will serve a soulful mashup of Southern and Bavarian cuisines
  • Dos Urban Cantina will offer a menu rooted in Mexican flavors
  • Chef Erick Williams of award-winning Virtue will introduce an enriching culinary event series geared toward local youth at the second-floor demonstration kitchen
  • Lost Lake co-owners Paul McGee and Shelby Allison will debut a brand-new cocktail concept called Secret Sound

Time Out Market Chicago is part of the global expansion of this successful culinary phenomenon

Following the success of Time Out Market Lisbon—which the editorial team behind Time Out Lisbon opened in 2014 and is now the most popular attraction in the country with 3.9 million visitors in 2018—the Chicago location is one of five food and cultural markets Time Out Group has brought to North America this year: Time Out Market Miami and New York opened in May 2019, Boston in June 2019, Montréal follows on 14 November 2019 and Chicago on 21 November 2019. Time Out Market is also set to come to Dubai (2020), London-Waterloo (2021) and Prague (2022).

“We opened our first Time Out Market in Lisbon in 2014 and it has been a great success, loved by both locals and visitors. Now we are rolling this fantastic format out to other great cities around the world,” said Julio Bruno, CEO of Time Out Group plc. “By the end of 2019, there will be six Time Out Markets, offering a total of 185,000 square feet and food from 120 of the world’s best chefs—each and every one is handpicked by our local editors who know the city really well. That’s why Time Out Market is a perfect extension of our iconic Time Out brand: for over 50 years, we have helped people go out better in the world’s greatest cities with our unique content. Now we are bringing this editorial curation of the very best of the city to life in physical locations around the world for everyone to enjoy.”

Time Out Market is rooted in the heritage of Time Out—a magazine created in London in 1968 to inspire and enable people to explore and enjoy the best of the city. Since then, Time Out editors have been writing about the best food, drink and cultural experiences. Today, a global team of local expert journalists is curating the best things to do in 327 cities in 58 countries across websites, magazines, social media and live events. Now this curation is brought to life at Time Out Market.

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