About a year ago, Venta’s US Headquarters made the move from Mount Prospect, Illinois to the up-and-coming Fulton Market District in Chicago’s West Loop. Nestled in between spacious art galleries, upscale lofts, chef-to-table restaurants, and recently Google’s new Chicago offices, Venta calls this unique part of the city home.
The vibrant neighborhood offers a unique Chicago experience that you won’t find anywhere else. Classic architecture and Old World style warehouses line the streets, while new construction and renovations, like the Venta and Google offices, pop up bringing a modern ‘Silicon Valley’ feel to the already eclectic neighborhood.
In anticipation of warmer weather, more sunshine, patios, rooftops, and all the great things about summer in Chicago, the Venta team, who spends a good deal of time in this neighborhood, is offering the unofficial official guide to Fulton Market’s restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and more.
Quite possibly one of the hottest new restaurants in Chicago right now, Duck Duck Goat is the much anticipated restaurant from local favorite and award-winning chef, Stephanie Izard (Girl & the Goat, Little Goat), featuring “reasonably authentic Chinese food,” according to their website. Duck Duck Goat is sure to be a hot spot for months (and years) to come!
857 West Fulton Market St.
Fulton Market is the meat packing district of Chicago, so a fresh meat-centered eatery is sure to be a hit. Grab a sandwich to-go or some cured meats for a dinner party, this is the best value in Fulton Market. Publican Quality Meats provides a variety of services to the neighborhood from cooking classes to catering services. Not to mention it’s a butcher shop, a bakery, and The Publican’s private event space.
825 W. Fulton Market St.
If you’re looking for a more complete dining experience, head across the street from Publican Quality Meats to The Publican. An ode to the rustic style of an old European beer hall, the robust menu echoes traditional farmhouse fare with an emphasis on pork and oyster specialties.
837 W. Fulton Market
*Limited afternoon menu available 3:30-5:30pm
Who doesn’t love handmade doughnuts? Featuring natural and locally sourced ingredients, these doughnut aficionados really got it right. You can’t beat their vintage Americana décor, friendly service (by the occasional Rosie the Riveter look-alike), and awesome themed doughnut specials.
813 W. Fulton Market St.
Founded by experts from the restaurant and fitness industries, this little shop offers locally sourced fruits and vegetables in the form of healthy juices. The shop also features other healthy options like avocado toasts and frozen juice pops. Definitely worth grabbing a juice in the morning as you step off the Morgan Green line stop on the way to work!
1012 W. Lake St.
A personal favorite of the Venta team. A quaint neighborhood favorite with warm Italian-style pizzas straight from a brick oven and traditional Italian dishes. The perfect spot for those hot summer days to enjoy a glass of rosé on their patio!
1235 W. Lake St.
Not your traditional coffee shop. From the artwork on the walls to the specialty sandwich selection, Jupiter Outpost excels in both its menu as well as its ambiance. During nice weather, enjoy a cup of coffee on the patio or relax inside with open doors and a refreshing breeze. They also have a turtle tank!
1139 W. Fulton Market St.
Just like other hot spots in Fulton Market, the ambiance at Fulton Market Kitchen is enough to take your breath away. With the tag line “part art gallery part cocktail bar part restaurant,” there is no shortage of vibrant and eclectic art and delicious tastes. You’re guaranteed to have a total sensory experience.
311 N. Sangamon St.
Conveniently located right next to Jupiter Outpost, Mars Gallery is one of Chicago’s must-see art galleries that also acts as an event space. Similar to the vibrant, exotic artwork found in many Fulton Market establishments, Mars Gallery fits in with the funky, art-driven vibe of the neighborhood.
1139 W. Fulton Market St.
Wednesday, Friday 12pm-6pm
There’s a mix of modern and rustic themes found in many of the Fulton Market establishments. The Betty embraces these same characteristics with its handcrafted cocktails and diverse chef driven menu blending traditional favorites with unique creations.
839 W. Fulton Market St.
As high-profile chef Grant Achatz is changing the dining menu every few months next door at his highly successful second Chicago restaurant Next, the Aviary is serving up a creative cocktail menu which can be describe as anything but ordinary. The most basic and straightforward cocktails have been reinterpreted with The Aviary’s signature flair. The Aviary also offers a menu of bites in case hunger strikes (you will hope it does!) A place to definitely knock off your Chicago bar and restaurant bucket list.
955 W. Fulton Market St.
Signature meat selections seem to be a common theme for this neighborhood, don’t they? The Corned Beef Factory is no exception. You are sure to get the best quality meat in your completely customizable sandwich.
1009 W. Lake St.
Chef-driven concepts make this modern Japanese restaurant a must-visit for foodies, landing itself on countless ‘Best New Restaurant’ lists in 2015. Part of the Boka Restaurant Group (Duck Duck Goat is also in the group), Momotaro delivers high expectations with an extensive selection of sushi and specialty drinks in multiple elegant dining spaces. Can you say date night?
820 W. Lake St.
In addition to Fulton Market proper, the Randolph Street area, often referred to as ‘Restaurant Row,’ has exploded in recent years with world class eateries including Au Cheval (serving up the famous best burger in Chicago), Girl & the Goat (mentioned earlier, the brain child of Top Chef veteran, Stephanie Izard), Green Street Smoked Meats (a West Loop staple featuring barbecue to die for), and many more hot spots.
What are your favorite Fulton Market establishments? Help the Venta team add to the list with your top spot!