Located in the heart of the Loop district within walking distance to Millennium Park, Forum 55 will be an inspired morning, lunch and midday food hall and marketplace. The downtown destination will operate Monday through Friday on the garden level of 55 E. Monroe Street. It is slated to open in October. Under the direction of 2017 Illinois Restaurant Association Chairman, Food Works President and Compass Group / Eurest Division President Jim Kallas, Forum 55 aims to provide the city with an original take on the food hall experience. “We want to celebrate Chicago food in its multiplicity at its very best,” shared Kallas. “A food hall can be a very special opportunity to showcase the farmer, the entrepreneur and the well-loved chef all at the same time with convenience, affordability and excitement for the consumer.”
Forum 55 will offer convenient “order and pay” counter service from 10 restaurant concepts — a marketplace — a business incubator for young, female and minority owned businesses — as well as one of the city’s largest salad bars to feature produce handpicked from farmers in nearby Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.
A very special feature will be The Apron Exchange, a “food service incubator” designed especially to provide a platform for female and minority-owned businesses that want to introduce a new product or get an idea off the ground. The Community Garden will support area farmers as one the city’s largest salad bars to feature produce handpicked from local farmers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin, as the seasons dictate, of course. Forum 55 will also feature original programming, such as chef’s tables, purveyor meet and greets and special tastings, to position the space further as a gathering place for the larger Jeweler’s Row neighborhood daytime crowd.
In the coming weeks, Food Works will announce the participation of several much-loved independent restaurant operators and food providers.
55 E Monroe St