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The 8 best food halls in Chicago

From an Italian superstore to Loop lunch destinations, these Chicago food halls offer plenty of options

Zach Long
Morgan Olsen
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Zach Long
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Morgan Olsen
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We've become accustomed to a lot of variety in our lives, whether it's the TV shows we watch or the foods that we eat. That likely plays a part in the rise of food halls in Chicago, which house an array of vendors and offer the ability to sample dishes from some of the best restaurants in Chicago. At these culinary destinations, you'll find ramen, sushi, pizza and a few of the best burgers in Chicago being served under one roof. Thanks to the abundance of hungry office workers, most food halls in Chicago can be found around the Loop, but it's worth venturing to Pullman, West Loop and Lakeview to explore other options. Whether you're craving some authentic pasta served in an Italian superstore or want to grab a meal in a remodeled Cook County Hospital building, the best food halls in Chicago are packed with delicious choices.

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The best of the city under one roof

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  • West Loop

We've rounded up the best chefs in the city to join us at Time Out Market Chicago, a culinary and cultural destination in the heart of Fulton Market. The 50,000-square-foot space houses 18 kitchens, three bars and one drop-dead gorgeous rooftop terrace—all spread across three floors. Our mission is simple: Bring the pages of Time Out Chicago to life with the help of our favorite chefs, the ones who wow us again and again. You'll find delicious barbecue from chef D’Andre Carter at Soul & Smoke, Mini Mott's delicious burgers, fried chicken from Cleo's Southern Cuisine and creative ice cream from Shawn Michelle's. If you're thirsty, sit down at one of the Market's bars to enjoy a menu of local beer, a robust wine list or a cocktail created in collaboration with Chicago mixologists.

The best food halls in Chicago

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  • Loop

Loop workers are spoiled by this lineup of hip restaurants and culinary concepts, including the Budlong Hot Chicken, Smoque BBQ and Table, Donkey & Stick offshoot Danke. Revival has also become a launch pad for ghost kitchen concepts, debuting physical storefronts for recent upstarts like Bianca’s Bodega, Minahasa Indonesian Cuisine and Boonie Foods. If you just need a drink, swing by the Revival Café-Bar for coffee in the morning and cocktails in the evening.

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  • Pullman

Acting as an incubator for small, South Side producers, One Eleven Food Hall is home to three unique concepts that stand out from the crowd. Majani proves that vegan cuisine is anything but boring with its health-conscious menu that sources ingredients from nearby farms. If you're still craving meat, Lexington Betty Smokehouse saves the day with succulent rib tips and lip-smacking pulled pork. And no trip to this Pullman food hall would be complete without a pick-me-up beverage from AndySunflower Cafe, where owner Andrea O. Robinson serves decadent coffee beverages and her signature peach mint iced tea.

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • River North

You could easily spend an entire day wandering around this two-story Italian superstore, but we recommend planning your trip around lunch or dinner to get the full experience. Grazers can snack on charcuterie and cheese, coffee fans can get a cup at Caffè Lavazza, and leisurely diners can book a table at Osteria di Eataly, a full-service restaurant that showcases the market's freshest produce and Italian ingredients. On your way out, grab a Italian bottle of wine and a cannoli to go.

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  • Streeterville
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Brendan Sodikoff—the guy behind Chicago institutions Au Cheval and Bavette's—offers his take on the food hall with this stunner that spans two floors of Mag Mile mall 900 North Michigan Shops. The kitchens here are all operated by Sodikoff's restaurant group, Hogsalt Hospitality, so don't expect to find any old-school Chicago gems. Even so, there's plenty to ponder, with eats that range from Small Cheval cheeseburgers and sweet potato tacos to hot fried chicken and rigatoni alla vodka. Guests order from sleek touch screens before making their way to the corresponding "vault" (or kitchen) to pick up their grub.

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  • Food court
  • Little Italy, UIC

Feast on banh mi, dumplings, pizza and more at this food hall located at the newly redeveloped Cook County Hospital building in the Illinois Medical District. A venture of chef Akhtar Nawab—most notably behind the Mexican restaurants Alta Calidad in New York and Otra Vez in New Orleans—Dr. Murphy's Food Hall is named for John B. Murphy, a leading surgeon who worked and taught in the former hospital. The hall's 10,000-square-foot digs complement the Beaux Arts-style building and include an outdoor patio and bar area in addition to its mix of 11 food stalls, which house concepts like Dimo's Pizza, Kathmandu Momo Station, Brekkie & Bake Shop and Fons plant-based empanadas.

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  • Grocery stores
  • Sheffield & DePaul
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Somewhere between a speciality grocery store and a food hall, Dom's Kitchen & Market pairs an array of produce, meat, dairy, dry goods and alcohol with kitchens creating made-to-order meals. Grab a salad from Plant Butcher, Stan's Donuts from the bakery or a slice on Bonci pizza from the Hearth. There's even a dedicated coffee bar that brews Metropolis and Intelligentsia during the day before transitioning to beer and cocktails in the evening. Everything is available for takeout, but seating areas throughout the store (and on its patio) provide convenient spots to take a break and enjoy your meal.

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  • Markets and fairs
  • West Loop
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A food hall before term became super-trendy, what this West Loop dining institution lacks in atmosphere it makes up for in vendor variety, with a whopping 29 stalls offering everything from sushi and bahn mi to empanadas and lobster rolls. There's an Italian deli, a dim sum stand and a florist selling bouquets (not the edible kind, sadly). Best of all, the French Market's proximity to Union Station and Ogilvie makes it a top choice for those catching trains in and out of the city.

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  • Loop

Taking over the former home of Wells Street Market in the Loop, the latest Kitchen United Mix location makes it easy to order dishes from multiple vendors—and offers indoor and outdoor seating where you can enjoy your meal. The majority of this food hall's lineup is made up of ghost klitchen concepts, including Bad-Ass Breakfast Burritos, Nashville hot chicken purveyor Bad Mutha Clucka and Hawaiian Bros. You'll also find some national (and global) brands making their Chicago debut, including actor Danny Trejo's Mexican chain Trejo's Tacos and Irish Thai restaurant Camile. Use the Kitchen United Mix website to order from multiple concepts in a single order, whether you're taking your food to go or sticking around to eat it.

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