Politan Row Chicago

Photo from Food and Wine Magazine

Photo from Food and Wine Magazine

 Bumbu Roux – Cajun/Indonesian by Chris Reed

Clave – Filipino/Cuban Soul Food by Lawrence Letrero and Raquel Quadreny

Floriole – Pastries galore by baker Sandra Holl.

LaShuk  Street Food – Israeli Kitchen + Hummus Bar by Yosi and Avivia Alhadif

Loud Mouth – American Street Food by Grey and Lauren Ingram

Mom’s – Japanese Comfort Food by Kelly Ijichi and Randi Howry

Passion House Coffee – Decadent coffee options by Joshua Millman

Piko Street Kitchen - Modern Asian Street Food by Eric and Dan Hattori

Smashed Radish – Veggie Forward Cuisine by Sam Barron and Sarah Weitz

Thattu – Indian Street Food by Margaret Pak

Tolita – Tacos y Pozole by Victoria Salamanca

Honestly, you cannot go wrong with choosing which stand to eat from. I was able to attend the opening night for Politan Row, and had the chance to sample several different stands, along with the bar, of course! Since then, I’ve tried Mom’s (which is my favorite stand so far. The Katsu Sando is delightful, and my current go-to is the Fried Spam Musubi), Clave, Passion House, Piko (GET. THE. BAO.) and LaShuk.

Politan Row, inside the McDonald’s Hamburger University Headquarters, opened in May, and gave the West Loop the first taste (no pun intended) of a multicultural food hall. Named one of Food & Wine’s Most Anticipated Openings of 2019, it features a chef-driven food hall, incorporating foods for people who “crave unique flavors, experiences, and ideas.” Inside, you’ll find eight drastically different chef concepts that are sure to please whatever craving you’re after, one coffee shop, and a bar in the middle for the 5pm clock out cocktail. Outside, weather permitting, you can lounge on the patio with a Frose from Perle, the outdoor bar, and enjoy the Chicago sunshine.  

Each of the eight vendors bring their own unique twist, and no two restaurants serving up the same tastes. The food court theme is kept, but is elevated to serve up several different types of street food, comfort food, and healthy options. Inside Politan Row, you’ll find:


Photo from Yelp

Photo from Yelp

The interior design of the space is very well thought out – all the vendors line the perimeter, with tons of communal and individual tables throughout the middle, allowing for social conversation or a quick solitary bite before heading back to work. There’s also cute little booths on either of the back corners, perfect for a group grabbing snacks during a night out in the West Loop. The bar is situated in the middle with an exquisite ceiling fixture draped over the top, making the place seem so much more elevated than just a food hall, and the patio is cozy and simple, with tunes on all day long.

I frequently recommend Politan Row to guests checking in who are after something to grab on the way downtown to explore Chicago. The West Loop has SO many lavish restaurants, sometimes it’s easy to get lost on what to eat without spending your entire food budget in one night. Politan brings excellent food, quick, easy, and affordable, without sacrificing the desires of your inner foodie who came to Chicago to taste all the city has to offer.

Politan Row is open Sunday-Thursday, 7am-10pm, Friday and Saturday, 7am-11pm at 111 N. Aberdeen St. AND, if you’re coming from The Publishing House, you can literally sneak through the alley directly out our front door and find yourself standing at the front door in under 3 minutes!