Food halls are the newest craze in city culture, and Chicago is all about them. Because decisions are hard. And all too often, family meals out turn into three-hour what-do-you-want-to-eat debates, which inevitably end with settling for your go-to neighborhood favorites. Make better choices, by giving yourself more choices, at these foodie utopias.
What kids will love: Buttermilk and gluten-free pancakes with chocolate syrup (on their weekend brunch menu)
You might be most excited by the fact that this cozy hidden gem hosts a mini putting green and table tennis, ideal for those who love to play with their food. But the real reason to make a special trip to this downtown market is the crave-worthy Small Cheval burger and fries. We’re hungry just thinking about it.
354 W. Hubbard St., Chicago
What kids will love: A slice of ‘za from Pizza City (rotating local pizzerias)
This place is total lunch goals for a parent who doesn’t have the time to sample every trendy bite in town. Gorge yourself on Antique Taco Chiquito, Black Dog Gelato, Furious Spoon, HotChocolate Bakery, Smoque BBQ and more. Picky eaters are no match for the variety of choices at this delectable smorgasbord in The Loop.
125 S. Clark St., Chicago
What kids will love: The rainbow assortment of macarons at Vanille Patisserie
A stroller-friendly European market on the ground level of the Ogilvie Transportation Center? Oui, oui. Melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon sugar doughnuts at The Dapper Doughnut and a flaky morsel from Flip Crepes should start every day in the city. Bon appétit, friends!
131 N. Clinton St., Chicago
What kids will love: Eataly Loves Kids every Sunday for kids 12 and under where kids can learn how to make yummy pizzas in the shapes of hearts, bunnies, fish and butterflies. ($9)
All Chicagoans who have cooking chops automatically adore Eataly for its gourmet goods and fresh finds, but this foodie rendezvous spot is a perfect eatery for bambinis as well. Plus, there are multiple “simple pasta” recipes to choose from!
43 E. Ohio St., Chicago
What kids (and parents) will love: Kids ages 11 and under can enjoy unlimited eats and bottomless fountain drinks for $8.50 for Sunday brunch
Latinicity in Block 37 features deeply delicious and awesomely authentic interpretations of Latin street food from regions in Peru, Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, Cuba and more. Kids can score tasty burgers, build-your-own tacos, noodles, quesadillas, sushi, chicken, soup, hot dogs and other options at all of the hall’s restaurants. It’s a guaranteed fiesta in your mouth.
108 N. State St., Chicago
What kids will love: A bite of peach cobbler from Laine’s Bake Shop
This food hall in Pullman is your chance to get a taste of some South Side businesses in one spot. Enjoy a ginger lemonade at vegan cuisine at Majani and don’t miss the grilled cheese and mac and cheese at Exquisite To Go. Save room for dessert — Laine’s Bake Shop will satisfy your sweet tooth.
712 E. 111th St., Chicago
What kids will love: Burger, milkshake and fries from Small Cheval
Need a break from shopping? 900 North Michigan Shops has you covered with its newest food hall, Aster Hall. Located on the 5th and 6th floors of the mall, shoppers can enjoy bites from Small Cheval, Boardwalk Seafood Company and more.
900 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago
This article was originally published on July 11, 2017. It has been updated with the most recent information.
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