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10 Fulton Market Spots We Can’t Get Enough Of

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10 Fulton Market Spots We Can’t Get Enough Of

Some call it the West Loop. Others prefer restaurant row.

But no matter what name you use to describe Chicago’s Fulton Market neighborhood, there’s one thing we can all agree on: that it’s home to some of the best places to wine and dine in the entire city. Yes, from upscale dinners to casual hangs, this westside strip’s got a little of everything – and much like the rest of Chicago, we can’t seem to get enough.

Here are our favorite spots in Fulton Market.

 

Aba

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Photo Credit: Aba Instagram

302 N Green St, 3rd Floor

New to the neighborhood though it may be, Lettuce Entertain You led Aba is already a restaurant-scene heavy hitter. A Mediterranian oasis in the middle of the west side, this kebab and mezze laden restaurant is the second in Chicago for Chef CJ Jacobson, a followup to the equally delicious, though not Fulton-Market-located, Ema. With a stunning rooftop and killer drinks to boot, we kind of can’t stop daydreaming about Aba.

 

Green Street Smoked Meats

112 N Green St

In a city historically lacking in great BBQ (sorry guys, but it’s true) Green Street Smoked Meats is a true gem, and NOT just because it’s got such a cool vibe. Decked out with all the trimmings of a country-born, finger-lickin-good backyard bbq,  this central Texas inspired joint is serving up incredible brisket, a to-die-for macaroni salad, and a little bit of rock and roll, just to get you in the mood.

 

Maude’s Liquor Bar

840 W Randolph St

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Let me tell you about one of the best damn date spots in all of Chicago, Maude’s Liquor Bar. Perfect lighting, slightly-silly but well placed French accordion music, delicious small bites served late, and a cocktail menu that just won’t quit come together in a bar/eatery that’s got all the makings of your favorite new intimate hang.

 

The Press Room

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Photo Credit: The Press Room IG

1134 W Washington Blvd

Speaking of intimate, no round-up of our Fulton Market/West Loop favs would be complete without mention of The Press Room. A cozy little wine bar on the edge of the market, this weeknight destination for sips and small bites has managed to stay just slightly under the tourist radar for the past few years, and for that, we’re really, really thankful.

 

Little Goat Diner

820 W Randolph St

Oh, Stephanie Izard, how we love thee. And while, yes, to get the full Top Chef treatment you might want to give her more famous – and more expensive – Girl & the Goat a try, casual-offshoot Little Goat Diner is a definite go-to, in our eyes. Featuring a combo of classic diner fare and funky, chef-y options, Little Goat is the perfect mix of adventure and the familiar.

 

Roister

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Photo Credit: The Alinea Group IG

951 W Fulton Market

Not unlike Chef Grant Achatz other famed Chicago creations (Next, Alinea, The Aviary etc.) Roister is more of an experience than a traditional restaurant. With the dining area and kitchen combined into one, admittedly magical space, Roister feels a bit like a dinner and a show. Plus, the Half-Chicken Dinner is amazing, ngl.

 

Saint Lou’s Assembly

664 W Lake St

Okay, okay – before everyone jumps down my throat here, I want to point out that yes, I do know that Saint Lou’s is just the slightest bit outside of Fulton Market. But to be quite honest, I don’t really care. A classic meat and three style spot with drool-worthy biscuits, a solid brunch menu, and an airy patio, there’s no way I’d leave this spot off any list.

 

Beatrix

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Photo Credit: Beatrix IG

834 W Fulton Market

It’s a coffee shop, it’s a restaurant, it’s the Insta famous eatery of your dreams: it’s Beatrix, and you already know that it’s awesome. Though this modernist-tinged Lettuce Entertain You spot has locations throughout the city, the Fulton Market version has got to be our favorite, featuring yummy bites, a great cocktail program, and a bakery that I may be guilty of visiting just, like, a little too often.

 

City Mouse

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Photo Credit: City Mouse IG

311 N Morgan St

Okay yes, City Mouse is inside of the Ace Hotel. But no, that doesn’t make it any less of a great Fulton Market destination. With a great, casual breakfast menu paired with a slightly-swanky cocktail and dinner lineup, City Mouse has a distinct “you could hang out here all day” kind of vibe. Plus, it’s dog-friendly!

 

Lone Wolf

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Photo Credit: Lone Wolf IG

806 W Randolph St

A true classic bar – reliable, neighborhood friendly, and our absolute number one pick for a nightcap in the West Loop!

 

Featured Image Credit: Maude’s Liqour Bar

 

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