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Your guide to the food and drink at Time Out Market Chicago—and how to order

Before you visit Time Out Market, take a closer look at our all-star chef eateries and beverage offerings.

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Zach Long
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There's a lot going on inside Time Out Market Chicago, the 50,000-square-foot food and cultural epicenter located at 916 W Fulton Market in the heart of the West Loop. The building is home to editorially-curated eateries from some of Chicago's top chefs, several world-class bars, a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen and an impressive all-season rooftop terrace. We'll give you a second to catch your breath.

As we reopen, you'll notice some changes in our space, including a new menu of summery cocktails, expanded outdoor dining options and the introduction of the Time Out Market app (downloadable via App Store or Google Play), which can be used contactless ordering in the building or to pre-order food and drinks with a text message for pickup.

Speaking of food, there's plenty to explore, with menu options that run the gamut from stacked burgers and pillowy dumplings to flaky croissants and creative ice cream flavors. Take a closer look at all of our chef and beverage options, and visit Time Out Market Chicago in the West Loop.

Time Out Market Chicago eateries

  • Restaurants
  • West Loop

Sushi & Sashimi

The pristine seafood at Ty Fujimura's sushi palace is wrapped in warm, toothsome rice and crunchy, toasted nori—creating the perfect mélange of texture and temperature.

Signature dish: Zuke maguro kani

  • Restaurants
  • West Loop

Single Origin Small Batch Chocolate

A Michelin-starred pastry chef who has worked in the kitchens of Acadia, Sixteen and Entente, Jared Bacheller’s latest project was born from a desire to craft delicious, picture-perfect chocolate with ethically sourced ingredients. All of Bad Bach's bars, bonbons and truffles are made in small batches using single-origin chocolate that’s purchased from farmers at a fair price via transparent trade. Take a moment to ogle Bacheller's confections and select a few of the vibrantly colored bonbons—they’re just as scrumptious as they are beautiful.

  • Restaurants
  • West Loop

Coastal Indian Cuisine 

When co-owners Manish and Rina Mallick first traveled to Goa, they were captivated by the region’s beautiful white sand beaches and Portuguese architecture. But the coastal Indian state’s delicious cuisine left an even bigger impression, with pristine seafood served alongside spicy curry and fluffy poi bread. The pair founded Bar Goa with the help of chef Sahil Sethi to share these delicacies with Chicagoans, serving a variety of dishes that just happen to pair nicely with a cold beer or a refreshing cocktail.

Signature dish: Pork Vindaloo Poi-wich

  • Restaurants
  • West Loop

Eclectic Ramen

Steaming bowls of noodles have been a fixture of chef Bill Kim’s menus ever since he opened his first restaurant, and diners have always been eager to slurp his latest creations. Originally launched as a delivery-only concept, Bill Kim Ramen Shop specializes in broths that draw on Korean, Vietnamese and Mexican flavors, garnished with a creative array of toppings. Whether you’re looking for a conventional bowl or ramen or something a bit more adventurous, Kim has something you can enjoy by the spoonful.

Signature dish: Korean BBQ Mushroom Ramen

  • Restaurants
  • West Loop

Coffee & Patisserie

Craving European-style baked goods? You’ve come to the right place. Bittersweet has been churning out croissants, scones, tarts, cakes, cookies and other sweet treats from its Lakeview café since 1992, becoming a part of countless Chicagoans’ daily routines. The bakery is perhaps best known for its ornate cakes, which have been ordered by local celebs like Oprah and Michael Jordan—but we’re equally enamored with its selection of savory quiches and sandwiches. Order a cup of coffee and don’t think twice about treating yourself to something flaky or frosted.

Signature dish: Almond Croissant

  • Restaurants
  • Pizza
  • West Loop

Tavern-Style Pizza

Contrary to popular belief, Chicagoans don’t devour deep dish pizza every other night. In fact, the city’s most ubiquitous local pie more closely resembles the tavern-style creations that Candlelite serves, set atop a cracker-thin crust that’s shatteringly crisp and cut into easy-to-share squares. Founded in 1950, Candlelite has become a Rogers Park institution, beckoning hungry diners with a bright neon sign that’s nearly as iconic as the toppings-laden pizzas that come out of its ovens.

Signature dish: Candlelite White tavern-style thin crust pizza

 

  • Restaurants
  • Soul and southern American
  • West Loop

Fried Chicken & Comfort Food

Named after chef Kristen Ashley’s grandmother, Cleo’s Southern Cuisine melds beloved family recipes with Creole classics. At Ashley’s Bronzeville restaurant (not far from her childhood home), she serves authentic comfort food that leaves a lasting impression long after your final bite. No order is complete without Cleo’s wonderfully crunchy, addictively juicy fried chicken, which can be ordered by itself, atop waffles or on a stacked sandwich.

Singnature dish: Southern fried chicken

  • Restaurants
  • West Loop

Burger & Fries

The story of Mini Mott's signature dish began in 2016, when the patty at parent spot Mott St was recognized as one of the nation's best. Mini Mott was born to supply the demand, turning out juicy patties layered with melted American cheese, hoisin aioli, pickled jalapenos, miso butter, pickles, sautéed onions and a cloud of sweet-potato frizzles.

Signature dish: Original Mott Burger

  • Restaurants
  • West Loop

Polish & Colombian Fusion

A chance meeting at a dinner party (and an Instagram DM) brought Phillipe Sobon and Cynthia Orobio together in 2019, eventually resulting in a restaurant concept that combines their respective Polish and Colombian heritages. Mashing up empanadas and pierogi into "emparogi" and topping a Polish sausage with pickles and a pineapple glaze, Polombia’s menu takes the contrasts and commonalities of the two cuisines in stride, offering dishes that take your taste buds on a globe-trotting adventure.

Signature dish: Emparogi

  • Restaurants
  • Ice cream parlors
  • West Loop

Old-Fashioned Ice Cream

Inspired by the homemade ice cream he enjoyed as a kid, Yahya Muhammad has spent years experimenting with new flavors and sharing them with family and friends. When he opened Shawn Michelle’s in Bronzeville with his wife, Nataki, the pair committed to producing ice cream the way it used to be made, cooking their own custard daily and slow-churning it to creamy, frosty perfection.

Signature dish: One Night In Madagascar “Vanilla Bean” ice cream

  • Restaurants
  • Barbecue
  • West Loop

Artisan Barbecue

When fine-dining vets D’Andre Carter and Heather Bublick struck out on their own, they founded a catering business to feed the masses. But in 2020, the husband-and-wife team pivoted to takeout—and then a roving food truck—to bring their raved-about barbecue from Evanston to Chicago. Now, it’s easier than ever to get a bite (or an entire platter) of their tender brisket, smokey ribs and succulent pulled pork. Whatever you do, just don’t forget about the mac and cheese.

Signature dish: Smoked Beef Brisket

  • Restaurants
  • West Loop

Asian Fusion Fare

Born in Seoul and raised in Chicago, chef Bill Kim's earliest food memory is standing at his mother's side, grinding sesame seeds with a mortar and pestle. Back when his career first started, Kim immersed himself in French cuisine, with guidance from industry heavyweights like Jean Banchet and Charlie Trotter. These days, he's developed a signature style all his own, dispensing a hit list of border-blending, Asian-inflected treats.

Signature dish: Caramelized Dumplings 

  • Bars
  • West Loop

Named for Time Out founder Tony Elliott, Tony’s is the crown jewel of Time Out Market Chicago. The cozy all-season rooftop bar is decorated in vintage Time Out London covers, twinkling lights and handsome wood beams that stretch the length of the room.

  • Bars
  • West Loop

Chicago, we know you're thirsty, which is why we put a bar on every floor of the Market in addition to our secret speakeasy from Lost Lake's co-owners. The editorially curated beverage program features inspired libations created by leading mixologists throughout the city.

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