Listed among the top 20 “Cool Streets in North America” in late 2019, Fulton Market offers innumerable good-time opportunities. Listing them isn’t easy, but our favorites include:
- See Celebrity Chefs: Grant Achatz offers Roister as an approachable yet Michelin-starred alternative to his landmark Alinea; Top Chef and James Beard winner Stephanie Izard has three places in the area: the upscale Girl & the Goat, heightened diner-style Little Goat and the Chinese-inspired Duck Duck Goat; 2018 Top Chef Joe Flamm helms the buzzy Italian-Croatian spot Rose Mary; and competing Top Chef brothers Michael and Bryan Voltaggio are prepping a new steakhouse, Fioretta, for an early 2023 opening.
- SoHo House: Once a belt factory, this six-story facility is part hotel, part private club and all swanky, Gatsby-esque fun. Multiple dining and drinking options, a rooftop pool and terrace, a gymnasium, spa, screening rooms and 40 guest rooms await exploration.
- Taste of Randolph Street: More than 16 restaurants helped this Chicago festival staple celebrate its 25th year over Father’s Day weekend. Bands, DJs, local vendors and artists complement the featured fine dining.
- Lone Wolf Tavern: Open until at least 2 am, seven days a week, this is the bar to hit for a bit of pre-gaming or a nightcap. Friendly and unfussy, and if you’re hungry they’ve got tamales.
- Punch Bowl Social: Once a meatpacking factory, this is 30,000 square feet of first-rate cooking, craft cocktails and amusements, including ping pong, bocce, bowling, shuffleboard, marbles and VR gaming.
- Emporium: An offshoot location of Chicago’s first barcade, Emporium Fulton Market combines air hockey, old-school arcade style video games, pinball, foosball, pool, skee-ball and more with booze for some childishly adult fun.
- West Loop Art Fest: A relative newcomer, this four-year-old festival is an early-September opportunity to shop four blocks of art without paying an entrance “donation.” There are also artist demonstrations and live music.
No longer quite so insular as when its many enclaves, ethnic and otherwise, gave birth to its billing as a City of Neighborhoods, Chicago retains many defined areas that offer distinct vibes.
Logan Square is the current hipster haven, high-rise and high-finance living dominate the Loop, Wicker Park and Bucktown cling to their bohemian indie roots, and Wrigleyville remains a boisterous and boozy mecca for young singles and tourists alike.
The Fulton Market District defies easy categorization. Long a foodie destination for its Randolph Street Restaurant Row, the district is also home to corporate offices — and corporate employees — of companies such as McDonald’s, Google and Dyson.
Fulton Market District: Things to Do Nearby
Another great thing about the Fulton Market District is its proximity to so many other exciting Chicago neighborhoods. If you live in the district, here are just a few nearby options:
The Theater District: 1.3 miles.
Millennium Park: 1.9 miles.
Wrigley Field: 6 miles.
The Museum Campus: 3 miles.
The United Center: 1.4 miles.
Greektown: 6 blocks.
The Chicago Riverwalk: 1.8 miles.
Once you’ve figured out what to do in Fulton Market, you’ve got to figure out where in the district you want to live. Downtown Apartment Company knows can put you in the perfect apartment at the perfect address. Contact us today and check out our luxury apartment listings.