Another food hall will enter the Chicago scene this weekend, as Politan Row will crack its doors open for the first time Saturday in the West Loop.
Politan Row will be the first food hall to officially launch in the West Loop since French Market, although both TimeOut Market and Fulton Galley are scheduled to open later in 2019 in the area.
The city’s newest food hall is located in the same building as McDonald’s headquarters along Aberdeen Street and comes courtesy of the same company behind St. Roch Markets in Miami and New Orleans.
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The concept features 13 local vendors, many of whom you know, but maybe not by the same name they’ll use at Politan. The list includes:
Bumbu Roux by Chris Reed, based on his Rijstaffel pop-up.
Clave by Lawrence Letrero and Raquel Quadreny, a concept from the couple behind Filipino-Cuban spot Bayan Ko.
Floriole by Sandra Holl, the same artisan bakery as the original Webster Avenue location.
LaShuk Street Food by Yosi Alhadif, known from Wicker Park Farmer’s Market.
Loud Mouth by Grey and Lauren Ingram, a food bike by the couple that sells gourmet sausages in Riverside.
Mom’s by Kelly Ijichi and Randi Howry, former chefs at mfk.
Passion House Coffee by Joshua Millman, which has locations in West Town and Logan Square.
Piko Street Kitchen by Eric and Dan Hattori and Winston Feng, an outgrowth of the food truck by the same name.
Smashed Radish by Sarah Weitz and Sam Barron, a new concept from the couple behind Fat Shallot food truck.
Thattu by Margaret Pak, known for occasional kitchen takeovers at Kimski restaurant.
Tolita by Victoria Salamanca, a new concept from the chef-owner of Cafe Tola, the empanada specialists.
Along with the strong lineup of Chicago chefs, Chicagoan-turned-NOLA-resident Sophie Burton (Big Star, Cindy’s, Dove’s Luncheonette) heads up a pair of Politan’s own bar concepts: Bar Politan, for cocktails, and a German-themed indoor/outdoor beer garden named Perle.
Along with its focus on local food and drink, Politan Row also includes decorative flairs that are special to Chicago, such as a chain-curtain chandelier that hangs above Bar Politan. It’s made from plumber’s chains as a nod to Chicago’s Plumbers Union Hall nearby.
The food hall scene in the city continues to get crowded, and starting Saturday, Politan Row gives it another contender.
Politan Row, 111 N. Aberdeen St., opens Saturday, chicago.politanrow.com
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