Where to Eat in the Chicago French Market

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

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. Though filled with a solid collection of local restaurants, none of the places seemed destination worthy, so unless I needed a quick lunch and just happened to be in the area, I never felt like I had to go. But over the years, the owners continued to bring in interesting new projects, and my feelings have changed.

From sandwiches to smoked meat, Belgian fries to doughnuts, 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. Sure, some are simply outlets of existing projects, but it's not like these are your usual food court suspects. Instead, you can order an exceptional pulled pork sandwich from Lillie's Q or some high quality cheese from Pastoral.

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The market also features some good grocery options, but today I just wanted to focus on the dining options. Check out where eat in the Chicago French market by clicking on the slideshow, or by visiting the places below.


Since they are all located in the same building, individual addresses seemed like a waste. But a map is handy.

Chicago French Market

131 North Clinton Street, Chicago, IL 60661 (map)