Exploring the Chicago French Market

Published On: February 23, 2023Categories: Eating out, Street FoodTags:

Looking to sample some of the best food the Windy City has to offer when staying at Freehand Chicago?

Be sure to head straight to the Chicago French Market; a vibrant indoor marketplace located right in the heart of the city’s action. First opened in 2009, this foodie paradise boasts a diverse array of vendors offering a range of fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, baked goods, speciality meats, and more, all with a distinct French influence.

With its bustling atmosphere, gourmet offerings, and convenient downtown location, the Chicago French Market is a must-visit for foodies, locals, and tourists alike. Whether you’re grabbing a quick bite or shopping for simply just browsing, the market is sure to impress and delight.

Here’s everything you need to know when visiting…

Why visit the Chicago French Market?

The Chicago French Market offers year-round access to locally sourced products for both locals and tourists alike. If you love tasting different cuisines, then you need to add the Chicago French Market to your travel bucket list. Why? Because it offers a unique and authentic dining experience with a variety of international and local cuisine options. Not to mention that this market offers year-round access to locally sourced products for both locals and tourists alike.

But this space is not just for food lovers – it’s also great for lovers of interior design and art. The market’s in-house seating area is reminiscent of a Parisian street cafe, with a traditional French-inspired design. The decor includes elements such as bistro seating, warm lighting, and vintage posters on the walls. The market’s open layout creates a lively and inviting atmosphere.

Where is the Chicago French Market?

The Chicago French Market is located in the heart of the bustling West Loop neighbourhood of Chicago, USA. The indoor market is housed in a historic building, known as the Market Hall, and is easily accessible by public transportation or by car.

What time does it open?

The opening hours of the Chicago French Market vary, but it typically opens at 7:00 AM and closes at 7:00 PM, with extended hours on weekends. We recommended checking the market’s website or contact them directly for specific hours of operation.

What food vendors are there?

The Chicago French Market in Chicago features a diverse array of food vendors offering international and local cuisine options. Some of the food vendors at the market include:

  • Little Goat Diner: serving comfort food and breakfast items
  • Aloha Poke Co: offering Hawaiian poke bowls
  • The Fat Shallot: offering gourmet sandwiches
  • Beverly Bakery: featuring artisanal pastries and baked goods
  • Pastoral: specializing in artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, and more
  • Café Descartes: serving coffee and other beverages

To name just a few! Other food options include sushi, tacos, soups, and more.

Is there free parking?

There is limited free parking available around the indoor market, however, there is an offer where you can get one hour of free parking at 165 N Clinton with $20 purchase in the Chicago French Market.

How to get to the Chicago French Market from Freehand Chicago

If you’re planning on seeing this iconic food market during your stay at Freehand Chicago, then good news – the Chicago French Market is only a short walk across the river from our hotel.

There are a few options you have to reach the market:

  • Walk (approx 20-25 minutes)
  • Taxi (approx 7 minutes)
  • Bus (17 minutes): Catch the 125 from Ontario & Wabash to Clinton & Washington