Chicago’s West Loop has become quite the foodie destination, with many of the city’s best restaurants located on Randolph St.’s Restaurant Row. While Fulton Market Kitchen is a few steps off the strip, its food offerings and art gallery-style space make it a must see for Chicagoans and visitors alike.
The restaurant, which offers a variety of event spaces, doubles as a fully functional art gallery. Walking into the space guests might be greeted by a local artist working on a pottery wheel or finishing up a canvas print. The walls are covered in pieces of art, some permanent in a mural style, some on consignment from the artists – 99 percent of whom are local. Owner Daniel Alonso’s inspiration? The Wynwood Walls in Miami and the 1980s New York City art scene. Alonso’s goal was to have guest talk about the art on the walls, not the weather.
Chef Chris Curren’s contemporary dishes compliment the restaurant’s décor seamlessly. The food is Italian-inspired at its core, but has been adapted to the Midwest to become elevated but approachable. The dishes are adjusted with the season and sourced from regional farms, local markets and neighbors along Fulton Market Street. An in-house pastry chef tops of the dining experience with mini desserts and fresh beignets. Fulton Market Kitchen’s expansive bar can take the night to another level with over 650 spirit bottles, an expansive wine list, season-appropriate beers and innovative cocktails.
Fulton Market Kitchen can be rented out in its entirety for seated groups of up to 200. The venue is also extremely customizable and can be broken down into a variety of private event space. The Private Dining Room is the smallest of spaces, hosting 12 individuals, and features a custom dining table crafted from 100-year-old oak slabs with a mirror ceiling and artwork by Joe Miller. The Main Dining Room can be reserved for cocktail receptions for up to 150 guests or seated dinners for 60 and is the most popular space in the restaurant highlighting artwork from Erik Debat. Fulton Kitchen Market also offers a full-time private event space named The Studio, which is equipped with a dedicated private bar, surround sound, private bathrooms and space for 60-100 people. Other event space includes the Private Salon, an Elevated Dining area, and the Banquette Dining Area hosting anywhere from 18 to 65 guests.