Going out to eat in Chicago has become a serious business. With new restaurants opening every week, deciding where to go can sometimes cause a little stress. Adding to that anxiety (OK, who are we kidding, it’s just food!) is a new crop of food halls that have opened in the last couple of years. Whether you want Italian, Spanish, tacos, cold-pressed juice, poke bowls, garden-fresh salads or so much more, there are plenty of options. Did we just make things more difficult for you to decide where to eat?
Eataly: After having massive success in New York, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich brought their mighty Italian food market to the heart of River North. Here you’ll find two floors of some of the best imported Italian offerings: pasta, wine, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, cheese and so much more. Add to that two pizza stations, wine and beer bars, a fish stall, meat, more cheese, fresh produce and a cooking school and you have a gargantuan celebration of Italian cuisine. 43 E. Ohio
Latinicity: Not to be outdone by Batali and Bastianich, Mexican celebrity chef Richard Sandoval, who owns more than 40 restaurants all over the world, opened Latinicity inside Block 37 in the Loop. Set within a stone’s throw of Chicago’s theater district, Latinicity has a dozen or so food stalls, each with its own unique Latin flavor and flair. Whether you’re looking for tapas or tacos, ceviche or sushi, mariscos or chorizo or perfectly mixed margaritas, you’ll find it at the 20,000-square-foot market on the third floor of Block 37. And when you’re done eating, pop upstairs to check out a movie at the AMC theater. 108 N. State.
Revival Food Hall: The newest spot to open, Revival Food Hall comes from the team behind Dusek’s, The Promontory, Longman & Eagle and Thalia Hall. The crew felt that Loop lunch offerings lacked so they pulled together some of the best restaurants and chefs in town to open food stalls in a reclaimed, re-use building at Clark and Adams. Aloha Poke, Antique Taco, Furious Spoon ramen, Smoque BBQ, the Budlong Nashville hot chicken, the Fat Shallot, Farmer’s Fridge and Black Dog Gelato are just a sampling of the wonders you’ll find inside this beautifully designed first-floor, 24,000-square-foot food mecca. There’s also a coffee bar, chef Mindy Segal’s sweet treats and a full bar that buffer it all. 125 S. Clark
Foodlife/Foodease: When you find yourself needing to fuel up for a Michigan Avenue shopping romp, hit this granddaddy of Chicago food halls. Lettuce Entertain You’s food market and food hall is tucked inside Water Tower Place and while you may have to fight the crowds, you’ll get rewarded with tasty food. You can opt to go through the market at Foodease for salads, sandwiches and local gourmet offerings or hit the food stalls at Foodlife for a more proper sit-down meal. 835 N. Michigan