Lunch in the Loop can sometimes be frustrating. Sure, you have a large amount of fast-casual spots to choose from, but the Chipotle/Jimmy John's/Chase cafeteria/Daley Center trips can be a bit tiring after awhile. That routine seems to be changing, though, as new food halls are coming to Chicago to hopefully make your afternoon quest for a satisfying lunch a little easier.
The Revival Food Hall is set to open in August at 125 S Clark Street. From 16" On Center (the group behind Dusek's, Longman & Eagle, The Promontory, Moneygun and Saint Lou's Assembly), the new lunch spot will have a crazy amount of vendors from all over the city—15 total, with 13 announced currently. You'll be able to pop in and grab food from Antique Taco, Furious Spoon, Danke (by Table, Donkey and Stick), Graze Kitchenette (by Johnny's Grill's Sarah Jordan), Farmer's Fridge, Union Squared (from Union Pizzeria), The Fat Shallot, Black Dog Gelato, Harvest Juicery, Brown Bag Seafood Co., Aloha Poke Co., The Budlong (a rotating pop-up stall) and Smoque BBQ. The final two will be announced closer to opening, but one will be 16" On Center's bar and cafe.
If this isn't enough, there's another food hall coming at ya in Spring 2017. The concept's name has yet to be revealed, but some information can be found at the Devour205 website. Jonathan Fox (Osteria La Madia and Firecakes Donuts) will take the lead on consulting for the project, since no vendors are signed on at the moment. The space will include casual food and drink spaces, a marketplace and a full bar. With these two new spots bringing places that remind us of Eataly and Latinicity with more diversified food options, we're excited for better spots to eat for lunch—and soon.