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2024 NRA Show Talk, Episode 4: Fulton Market 

The National Restaurant Association Show is a mere few days away. If you’re in the market for ideas of where to dine, wine, chill and hang in Fulton Market, the Show Talk Team has you covered. This Chicago neighborhood is renowned for packing so many restaurants and bars—maybe that’s because it used to be a meat-packing district.  

In the list that follows, click on the names to get a lengthier look, or head straight to reading reviews and making reservations. 

Restaurants & Bars 

El Che Steakhouse & Bar
845 W. Washington Blvd. 
Chicago, IL 60607

Loud, modern and trendy, El Che Steakhouse & Bar is an homage to Argentinian cuisine. The menu features live-fire cooking and everything from roasted oysters and morcilla to trademark steaks. At its fiery heart is a 12-foot custom-built grill and a 100% South American wine list. 

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925 W. Randolph St. 
Chicago, IL 60607

Formento feels like family— it’s warm and inviting with larger-than-life leather booths. The menu has all the light and airy flavors you would want in Italian food, as well as the portions and sauces you expect from an Italian restaurant. Come for the half chicken parmesan and 16-ounce veal tomahawk, then stay for the 600 wine varietals sourced from around the world. 

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820 W. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60607

Here’s a bit of a hybrid for your pleasure. Momotaro combines the cultural heritage of Japanese cuisine with modern methods of cooking. It’s designed with distinction—two main floor stations for sushi and robata, as well as second floor private room overlooking the restaurant. Now, that’s a power move.  

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Swift & Sons
1000 W. Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

Swift & Sons builds history into its environment and on its menu. Chicago was once known a stop on the cattle trade and a place for the meat-packing industry. Now, Swift & Sons captures both in retro-futuristic vibe—ceilings, stained glass lighting, mosaic marble floors and raw concrete columns. This balances perfectly with the modern steakhouse menu and dessert cart. 

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Duck Duck Goat
857 W. Fulton Market 
Chicago, IL 60607

Another in the series of GOAT restaurants in Chicago (get it?), Duck Duck Goat offers high-end Chinese-American food with a casual, conversational environment that’s cool and charismatic. Here, you’ll find a variety of combos, Dim Sum, sides and everyone’s favorites like hand-pulled noodles, Mapo Doufu, Chongqing Chicken and Peking Duck (if you’re lucky; there’s a limited amount every night). 

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660 W. Lake St. 
Chicago, IL 60661

What’s located under the cross of the CTA Green and Pink Lines? That’s MONEYGUN. Known for its moody lighting and classic cocktails, this hotspot is as cool as it comes. Its music selection is spot on, and the bar frequently hosts DJs. 

Blind Barber
948 W. Fulton Market 
Chicago, IL 60607

If you need a spot to get a haircut, a cleanup or just a few drinks, Blind Barber can do it all. Barbershop by day and cocktail lounge by night, this speakeasy will surprise you with its burnt-orange leather sofas, knotty pine walls, drink menu and dance floor. It’s oozing with style, laid-back jams and soft backlights. 

Fulton Market Kitchen
311 N. Sangamon St.
Chicago, IL 60607

Fulton Market Kitchen offers the opportunity to enjoy dining and drinks alongside an assortment of art displays from local talent. The beverage program includes a selection of artisanal beers, an extensive wine list and a series of cocktails made with freshly-pressed juices, herbs sourced daily and small batch spirits. 

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Events & Entertainment 

WNDR Museum
1130 W. Monroe St. 
Chicago, IL 60607

This museum is a multi-sensory, interactive experience that leaves you with a sense of wonder (just like its name…). Here, guests fully engage with the works of art—installations made by cutting edge collectives, technologists, designers and makers. With a changing set of exhibits, no two visits are ever the same. 

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932 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607

The quickest way to get in a full 18 in the city of Chicago? It’s Puttery. Play a single game for $20 or get in unlimited games for $25 on two thematic courses—Library and Lodge. When you’re not on the green, stop by lounge or take a stroll out onto the patio for inventive cocktails and upscale bites. 

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839 W. Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607 

More than games of chance, Emporium is stacked with games of choice—all your favorite classic arcade games, pool tables, plus pinball, foosball, air hockey and more. Entertainment doesn’t get more nostalgic than this. When you’re not indulging your inner child, stop by the bar for long list of draft beers and bottles. 

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Courtesy of Esrock Partners, a food marketing agency located near Chicago, Illinois that specializes in the food, beverage and foodservice industries and their current market trends. For a close-up of our capabilities, see our services

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