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Fulton Market Events

Thursday, February 9th, 2023

What Fulton Market was — a meat-packing district, home to warehouses and industrial space for much of the 19th and 20th centuries — laid the gritty groundwork for what it is now.

Fulton Market is a vibrantly on-trend neighborhood that celebrates its past while courting and creating the future. Fulton Market was granted landmark district status by the City of Chicago in 2015, and some of its landmark tenants include everything from corporate headquarters of companies such as McDonald’s, Google, Dyson and Herman Miller to not one but two restaurants from world-renowned chef Grant Achatz.

Events in Fulton Market can range from the instant excitement of tickets to NBA, NHL or big-time concert events at the nearby United Center to the sublime satisfaction that comes from scoring a prime reservation at one of the hot spots along Randolph Street’s restaurant row.

There’s just so much more.

Things to Do in Fulton Market

Fulton Market is a great location. Besides the United Center, it’s less than two miles from Chicago’s Theater District, Millennium Park, Greektown and the Riverwalk. Without leaving the neighborhood, there are plenty of hotspots to hit:

Achatz x 2: First a molecular gastronomy wunderkind and twice the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef in the United States, Achatz has a pair of Michelin-starred restaurants in the neighborhood. Both on Fulton Market, there’s Roister, known for its elevated rustic fare, and Next, which highlights a theme, region or moment in time on menus that change several times a year.

More Celebrity Chefs: Stephanie Izard (Top Chef, James Beard) has three “goat” restaurants in the area; Joe Flamm (Top Chef) mixes Italian and Croatian at Rose Mary; and brothers Michael and Brian Voltaggio (both of whom competed on Top Chef and Food Network’s Tournament of Champions) are launching a steakhouse, Fioretta, in 2023.

Fun and Games: Punch Bowl Social is a two-level bar and game complex; Emporium elevates the barcade experience by mixing booze with all the old-school arcade classics; and SoHo House is six floors of the luxe life, from a rooftop pool and terrace to a gym, a spa, screening rooms, multiple dining and drink options and 40 guest rooms.

Annual Fulton Market Events

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods — and of neighborhood festivals. These Fulton Market events are annual highlights on the social calendar:

  • West Loop Art Fest takes over four blocks on the first weekend in September, filling them with artists, wine tastings, children’s crafts and live music. Another plus — admission is free!
  • The Taste of Fulton Market started in 2021 as a rooftop event at Morgan’s on Fulton then took over all three levels of the building in 2022, establishing it as a save-the-date September event.
  • The Rooftop Cinema Club meets regularly atop the Emily Hotel for a slate of cult films, classics, recent releases and special events with the added attraction of the hotel’s full food and drink menu — but it’s BYOB (bring your own blanket).

Are You in the Market?

Once you’ve made the decision to move to Fulton Market, your next move should be to contact Downtown Apartment Company. We know the area and the best properties to meet your needs.