Retailing

Chicago French Market Reveals New Look

Apr 22, 2016
By TGR Edit Desk
   

Revitalized design, modernized amenities update European-style market
 
The Chicago French Market, the year-round, European-style market, has a new look and amenities that reflects the most extensive, dramatic updates since its grand opening in 2009.
 
New design features start with a 62-foot long by 11-foot tall wall mural in the Market’s dining area, created by skilled Midwest sketch artist Devin Chhing. An expansive Paris cityscape drawn by hand, the color wall mural is flanked with an original photograph of Buckingham Fountain and Chicago’s skyline along with a four-dimensional Parisian street scene complete with authentic address plates from Paris, and a historic storefront façade showcasing antique books from 1900s France, vintage crystal pieces by Baccarat and Lalique, and more. 
 
The refreshed dining area will now also feature authentic French café seating for 150 guests, including Parisian bistro chairs and tables and two communal farm tables that each seat eight guests. Additional seating for up to 150 will be available in the concourse and seasonal outdoor seating. Multi-colored umbrella canopies in blue, white and red will cover select tables and soften the space. Locally made tables constructed of recycled milk jugs, plus newly stained and polished concrete floors will complete the dining area’s new look. 
 
The Chicago French Market was profiled in the September 2010 issue of The Gourmet Retailer. 
 
High-tech amenities will complement Chicago French Market’s new design aesthetic, and include a mobile device charging station in the dining area with locked and secured charging capabilities for up to six devices and six customers simultaneously. An enhanced sound system with outdoor speakers, upgraded, free WiFi for all customers and a new Chicago French Market website will complete the market’s new look and amenities to date. 
 
Together with the Chicago French Market development team, the Bensidoun family, which owns and operates the market, identify and hand-select vendors for their talents and passionate commitment to creating premium food and market goods. Bringing together excellent food producers and entrepreneurs from Chicago neighborhoods and surrounding areas, Chicago French Market is comprised entirely of food and beverage industry entrepreneurs and start-ups, one of Chicago’s most talented florists, family-owned businesses and accomplished food purveyors with multiple locations in Chicago and notoriety around the globe. 
 
As with all local markets, the goal at Chicago French Market is to bring a sense of community found in the markets of Europe, and provide a place to gather, socialize and purchase quality goods.
 
Chicago French Market vendors in alphabetical order
  • Aloha Poke Company
  • Beaver’s Coffee & Donuts
  • Bebe’s Kosher Deli
  • Black Dog Gelato
  • Buen Apetito
  • City Fresh Market
  • Da Lobsta
  • Delightful Pastries
  • EJ Sushi
  • FliP Crepes
  • Frietkoten Belgian Fries & Beer
  • Fumare Meats and Deli
  • K-Kitchen
  • Klay Oven Kitchen
  • Le Café Du Marche
  • Les Fleurs
  • Lillie’s Q
  • Little Greek Corner
  • Lolli and Pops
  • Loop Juice
  • Loop Soup 
  • Outta Da Park Beef N’ Dogs
  • Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine
  • Polpetti
  • Presto Café & Grill
  • RAW
  • Saigon Sisters
  • Vanille Patisserie
  • Vegan Now
  • Vinegusto