When the Chicago French Market opened on the ground floor of the Ogilvie Transportation Center in 2009, I initially had mixed feelings about the project. But it's now hard to think of another place in Chicago where you can find such a wide variety of excellent food options in such a small area.
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Is there any reason to visit Le Cafe du Marche at the Chicago French Market when there are so many other great options? Well, based solely on the tuna melt ($6.50) I scored the other day, the answer is mostly yes.
Here's some good news for Chicago barbecue fans: A couple weeks after Lillie's Q main location on North Ave. closed due to a fire, the restaurant's stand in the Chicago French Market reopened last Friday.
Check out the food events planned for this weekend in Chicago, including Holiday Rock & Roll at the Sofitel and a Green Flash beer dinner at Big Star.
Perhaps the best thing about these fries is their independent singularity. Rather than being able to rely on an exceptional hot dog to carry them to greatness, Frietkoten's fries have the chops to stand unadorned, front and center.
For the unacquainted, this is what the pastrami from Fumare Meats looks like. Who do we have to thank for importing this fine delicacy to our city? Not New York. Heck, not even Los Angeles. As advertised proudly, this is Montreal-style smoked meat. Thank you, Canada.
For city dwellers who can't make the trip out to the 'burbs to experience chef John des Rosiers' take on Italian and American cuisine, there's an option much closer to home. Actually, it is your home; in addition to his sit-down restaurants, des Rosiers also oversees Wisma, a three-location chain of shops offering pre-made food intended for reheating and eating at home.
A little over a year ago chef John Des Rosiers opened Wisma, a grab-and-go food outlet next to Inovasi, his acclaimed fine dining restaurant in suburban Lake Bluff. Never one to make a small plans, Des Rosiers declared from the beginning that other locations were in the works, and that he wanted to "change the way we all eat at home."