For a long time, the Loop was an under-used neighborhood — everyone worked there, but very few people lived there. That is rapidly changing. In 1980, only 6,400 people lived there. In 2010, that number was more than 29,000. But even with the boom in population, trendy dining options have lagged behind, and until very recently The Loop was known as a location for unremarkable, quick lunch spots and chain restaurants. But now, that’s changing and the Loop may be transforming itself into a foodie haven.
According to DNAinfo, the Loop will soon be getting a trendy food hall destination from Jonathan Fox, owner of Firecakes Donuts and Osteria La Madia in River North. This sure-to-be-trendy dining experience will occupy space at 205 W. Wacker — and it sounds not unlike other new, upscale food courts like Latinicity, Eataly and 3 Greens Market.
Also opening in the Loop this year will be the Revival Food Hall, which according to DNAinfo will feature food stalls from Furious Spoon, Antique Taco, Graze Kitchenette (from the owner of Johnny’s Grill in Logan Square), and Danke, (a sandwich spot by the team behind Logan Square’s Table, Donkey, and Stick,) the first restaurant space from Farmer’s Fridge, Evanston’s Union Pizzeria and a restaurant space from the food truck The Fat Shallot. Together with a coffee shop and a record store and reading lounge, this is bound to create a more “neighborhood” feel in the Loop.
We’re looking forward to it!
*Photo courtesy of Flicker user Jason Rala.
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