Chicago Magazine calls it "a work of art in and of itself." According to the Chicago Tribune, "Simple-sounding dishes impress in execution." Fulton Market Kitchen is hard to define, but easy to appreciate. It's a restaurant, sure, and an excellent bar, but also a home for art, a wildly creative place that doubles as a gallery for working artists, in a space that's innovative and artistic in its own right.
With 20-foot ceilings, there's nothing but space to showcase art, curated in collaboration with their original neighbor FM*Gallery, as well as artists from Chicago and across the country. The 5x5 Artist Residency program brings in a different artist every week to utilize their "lounge" as a personal studio -- allowing guests a firsthand look into the creative process, all with the benefit of the best food and drink.
Speaking of, the menu from chef Chris Curren is a standout -- seasonal and eclectic, with compelling small plates like scallop and sweetbread with a carrot-top vinaigrette, or smoked potatoes with a green onion mayonnaise; or, on the heartier side, lamb shank with charred leeks and preserved lemon. The cocktails are equally compelling, like the "Look At the Brains on Brad" with herbal liqueurs Suze and yellow Chartreuse, Fernet Branca, lemon, and Spanish cider.
And with both outstanding food and a wholly unique aesthetic, it's an obvious choice for events -- the versatile space can accommodate private parties of all sizes in its many spaces, from dinners for 12 or 20 in the private dining room or salon, to 100 in the second-floor studio, to 200 across the main dining room.
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