Vendors are getting their goods together for a new spot to dine starting next month, but this isn’t for a street festival or outdoor dining experience.
A smorgasbord of some of Chicago’s favorite places to eat is coming together in one space at the brand new Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall. The food hall will set up shop in the Illinois Medical District located at 1811 West Harrison Street. Part of a planned $150 million renovation at the Old Cook County Hospital Building, Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall will be open to the public beginning Monday, August 3rd.
While there is no doubt that Chicago is the city for fantastic food, the logistics of hitting so many delicious spots can make it a long endeavor to get a taste of all the great restaurants the city has to offer. Dr. Murray’s Food Hall will save you money on Uber fares across the city thanks to the top-notch chefs bringing their culinary creations under one roof at the Old Cook County Hospital Building.
So what dining establishments are making their way to West Harrison Street? Logan Square, one of our favorite Chicago neighborhoods, is represented via Passion House Coffee, the gourmet coffee go-to run by Chicago java aficionado Joshua Millman, and Jarabe, who will be providing authentic, delicious Mexican dishes.
In the mood for breakfast? Whether it’s morning or much later in the day, there’s never a wrong time to munch on some high-quality breakfast fare. You can get your fill of sandwiches, bowls, and eggs all day at Brekkie & Bake Shop, which will debut at Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall.
Doc’s Bar, situated at the center of the food hall, provides customers with a relaxing bar stocked with a bevy of craft beers, wine by the glass, and Chicago-themed cocktails.
Food truck titans Lexington Betty Smoke House are opening their first brick and mortar location at Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall. Here you can dig into their stunning rib tips, BBQ chicken, and other barbeque and soul food delights courtesy of chef and owner Dominique Leach.
The little sister to Wicker Park’s Delta, Lil Delta, will make its debut in the food hall serving up longtime Chicago favorites like their Mississippi Red Hot Tamales, frites, and hushpuppies, in addition to items explicitly prepared for the West Harrison Street location.
Evanston’s Viet Nom Nom brings their distinctive and mouthwatering Vietnamese cuisine to Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall. The menu will include their banh mis sandwiches, baos, summer rolls, and gluten-free and dairy-free menu choices.
Any hankerings for dessert will be satisfied thanks to the additions of Crockett Cookies, whose peanut butter and butter cookies are nothing less than heavenly, and Classic Cobbler, where you can dine on savory fruit cobblers and pies.
Transplants from Omaha making their Chicago debut are Kathmandu Momo Station, offering their award-winning dumplings and authentic Burmese and Nepalese dishes, and Maharani Indian Cuisine providing customers modern takes on kebabs, curry, and naan.
As far as the namesake of the food hall, Dr. Murphy was one of the nation’s preeminent surgeons who practiced and taught at the Old Cook Country Hospital around the beginning of the 20th century. Award-winning chef Akhtar Nawab is curating the food hall.
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