Excerpt from Forbes
Chicago has one of the most vibrant food scenes in the country, and now it’s on the leading edge of a trend that could soon sweep the United States.
Last week, the new Revival Food Hall opened on South Clark Street, equidistant from the Art Institute of Chicago and the Willis Tower. It’s a collection of 15 vendors, including some highly praised local food places such as Smoque BBQ and Black Dog Gelato. (Read the full list here.)
Each participating restaurant has a stand selling their specialties, while diners take their choices to long tables nearby.
The 16,000 square foot space, in a building designed by famed Chicago architect Daniel Burnham, was supposed to start welcoming customers on Thursday. But instead, it opened on Wednesday and the word quickly spread among savvy Chicago diners.
People stood in line to get in the doors, which will be open from 7 am to 7 pm (a bar is open until 10 pm). And, while there were tourists among the visitors, Revival primarily aims to feed office workers and other Chicagoans in the busy Loop business district.
Food halls are popular all over the world, with many located in major department stores, but top-flight ones are a relative rarity in the United States.
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