If you haven't spent much time around the Fulton Market neighborhood lately, prepared to be pleasantly surprised the next time you take a stroll down one of the city’s fastest developing thoroughfares.
Back in early February, the city of Chicago announced a new streetscape project that aimed to make the newly transformed Fulton Market area more pedestrian friendly, and although the first phase of the project isn’t expected to be completed before early 2018, significant progress has already been made. Wider sidewalks that allow for plenty of outdoor dining, the gateway sign that was added back in 2015, and a plethora of new restaurants and cafes now combine to make Fulton Market one of the hottest restaurant hubs in the city, which is fitting given it’s also only a few short blocks from Chicago's famed "Restaurant Row," which is still considered by most to be the heart of Chicago's trendy dining scene.
But if you find yourself out and about in the West Loop area looking for a sweet new condo or apartment, swinging over to the red hot Fulton Market District for a quick bite to eat after a showing or two is highly recommended, and almost mandatory if you haven't yet seen all the changes that have completely re-shaped this part of town. From a dining standpoint, the options may seem limitless, but for now, here's a quick list of just some of our favorite Fulton Market spots to hit, which are all guaranteed to not let you down...
Duck Duck Goat
Admittedly, we love Duck Duck Goat for its uniquely designed interior just as much as we love the food there. So if you’re in the mood for a fun atmosphere and perhaps the best Chinese food in the West Loop, swing over to Duck Duck Goat and be sure to order the beef short rib and bone marrow potstickers; you won't be disappointed.
Fulton Market Kitchen
Everything about Fulton Market Kitchen blends in perfectly with this part of town, from its lofty warehouse vibe and eclectic decor to its rustic seasonal dishes that have distinct modern flair. The art work all throughout the space is also amazing, and the cocktails aren’t too shabby either.
La Sirena Clandestina
The Latin inspired food and cocktails at La Sirea Clandestina are a perfect way to spice up an evening after a long day of showings. The Kale Salad here is seriously one of the best salads you’ll ever taste, and if you’re looking for something a little more hearty, the Iron Roasted Hanger Steak or the Pork Milanesa should do the trick. Cocktail-wise—they’re all really, really good.
It’s impossible to leave The Publican off any Fulton Market restaurant list, so here it is. Now considered a neighborhood staple, we’d be surprised if you haven’t been here yet. But if not, The Publican’s farmhouse fare is everything you would expect from one of the top restaurants in town, and the beer list is also nothing short of impressive too.
If you’re looking for more of a casual spot that’s easy, fun, and has awesome food, Ramen Takeya is a great choice. Somewhat of a tight space, the atmosphere is designed to make you feel like you’re in the alleys of Tokyo, and the open kitchen concept also makes for a unique and enjoyable experience as well. And for a Ramen joint, the drink menu here is also really on-point.