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Artango’s Thanksgiving Dinner Will Please the Norbert in Your Life

Artango is making life easier for us by serving food that is going to make all of us happy. Add to that the bonus that we don’t have to cook, or clean up, and we’re all going to split the bill, so it’s actually a very economical way to enjoy each other’s company. On Thanksgiving Day, […]

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Nov 09, 2018 09:37 PM
Sneak Peek: The Darling Also Has a Little of the, Um, Daring

Lindsey Marks – who performs burlesque as Lady Jack – is chatting in front of a large Alice in Wonderland painting in the downstairs dining room at The Darling, on W. Randolph St.. This new space, owned by Sophie Huterstein, who also owns L.A.’s The Wellesbourne, is next door to J.P. Graziano, purveyor of exceptional Italian […]

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Nov 07, 2018 09:50 PM
What Food Pairs with Scotch Whisky? At Chicago’s SideDoor, Lots!

It doesn’t seem that Scotch whisky would be a great pairing with food: the spirit is big, sometimes smoky and seems like it could steamroll all but the most powerful flavors. But you might be surprised how well Scotch can pair with foods. We were eager to try pairing Scotch whisky with Scottish-type food It […]

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Nov 01, 2018 09:15 PM

The New Era of Fulton Market Dining

When it comes to West Loop dining, Restaurant Row has long garnered most of the spotlight. While Fulton Market was renowned for a few restaurants, it paled in comparison to the street a couple blocks south. But in recent years, colossal openings have changed the tides and made for a rival “restaurant row” altogether. In recent years and months, the area has seen the debut of doughnut shops, ramen restaurants, artsy bars, South American food, a Mexican cemitas spot, and more. Especially with a handful of new eclectic forthcoming openings, Fulton Market looks like it’s about to become tastier than ever. Here’s what we’re excited for:

 

Smack Shack
Lobster roll at Smack Shack

 

 

Duck Duck Goat: Likely the most major opening due on Fulton Market in coming months is Stephanie Izard’s Duck Duck Goat. Her third restaurant (her first on Fulton) skews Chinese, offering a her meticulous take on the cuisine from a chef who’s traveled to China and proven her culinary mettle at nearby Girl & the Goat and Little Goat, not to mention that handy Top Chef victory years back. Expect chef-y interpretations of dumplings, hand-pulled noodles, and a Taiwanese takeout window for street food. Duck Duck Goat is on track for November. 

Gus’s Fried Chicken: Fulton Market is about to get a taste of Memphis. Tennessee’s famous Gus’s Fried Chicken chose the West Loop street for its first Chicago location, set to land in the coming months with its crispy brand of deep-fried comfort. When the Southern concept takes shape, it will become a welcome casual reprieve from the sea of sceney, pricey establishments. The cult following for the chicken is well earned, due to chicken recipes dating back to the 1950’s. The family-run establishment has been going so strong in its home state, that expansion was imminent and highly craved.  

Smack Shack: Another casual venture expanding from another state has chosen Fulton Market as its Chicago base. This one hails from Minneapolis, a lobster roll food truck-turned restaurant called Smack Shack. It’s en route to the new Google building through a local partnership with Four Corners Tavern Group. In addition to lobster rolls, diners can savor stone crab and shrimp po’boys, among other seafaring delicacies. The restaurant makes landfall in Chicago early next year. 

Roister: Along with Duck Duck Goat, the other internationally anticipated restaurant due on Fulton Market is Roister. By way of Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, Roister fills the void vacated by iNG, right next to their game-changing combo that is Next and The Aviary. Due at some point this fall, the eagerly awaited Roister promises to be a boisterous departure from Next and Alinea, featuring loud music, snug tables, and open-flame cookery.

- Matt Kirouac

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Memphis' famed Gus's Fried Chicken lands in the West Loop's Fulton Market district for its inaugural Chicago location. The casual restaurant is renowned in Tennessee for its mildly spiced fried...


A chain originating out of Minneapolis, Smack Shack boasts a great location on the first floor of Google Chicago in the Fulton Market District. Nearby, you'll find hot shot eateries...

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