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Reviewed April 29, 2022 via mobile

can't believe I'm a Native Chicagoan and overlooked this charming collection of food vendors and locally owned boutique style shops! Today I took a long leisurely hike from the West loop back to River North and finally ran into the French Market located within the...Canal street Metra station. I found so many tempting food vendors and chose Frietkoten Belgian Fries because it's been ages since I've had genuine Belgian Friet prepared with dipping sauces. I took my time chatting with a couple of friendly female professionals on their lunch break then explored a bit of crystals 🔮 that were set on display by Michael who does a wonderful job helping out customers at the information desk. Michael told me the crystal vendor was away at a Rosemont crystal convention but he'd be happy to help me make a purchase and help me pay the owner since he knew his contact information. I must have spent a couple hours here just eating and wandering around and met so many interesting characters. Igor Irbe owns a map design shop here so go have a look and absorb the good vibes! I am so thankful to Michael today for providing me with useful advice and making my shopping experience more magically enfused! 🌟 I'm definitely looking forward to future visits! Oh and they do allow service animals here and go have a look at the Barking Spot Bakery because they have plenty of gourmet treats for dogs and cats 🐈 here too!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed October 16, 2021 via mobile

This was really nice to walk around while waiting for our train. We were able to grab a delicious dinner from Saigon Sisters and bought way too many pastries at Vanille Patisserie. It was nice to wind down our day trip with a quick meal....I can’t wait to come back and try more places.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed July 6, 2021 via mobile

This was a nice option for lunch but it is incorrectly named. There is no French food here other than a wonderful pastry shop. I had an Aussie pie and my daughter had a lobster roll. We also got some pastries for the train ride...home.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 25, 2021 via mobile

From dim sum and jianbing to empanadas to Cuban coffee, there was amble quality ethnic food to satisfy the entire family. We completely loved our diverse meals and felt the prices were extremely fair. Will definitely visit again.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed February 27, 2020 via mobile

So glad we took the walk from our hotel (Hyatt Place The Loop) our first night in Chicago. The toughest part of the visit to the French Market was deciding what of the many amazing food offerings to choose. We ended up getting a delicious...Indian meal, and before finding a table in the large seating area, we were able to secure 2 glasses of wine to go with! A fellow was playing guitar in the dining area, making the experience even better. We were too full to have dessert, but options for that, too, were abundant. From healthy and vegan options, to burgers, burritos and other ethnic options, you can't go wrong at Chicago's French Market!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 6, 2020 via mobile

Great food and selection. Quick service and lots of choice. Two particularly good are the grilled cheese stall and also the Belgian fries. Both excellent. A little bit pricey for fast food but food is good quality.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 13, 2019 via mobile

Fun place to eat with a variety of international food. Stands from several countries. Several Asian, Italian, American, Middleastern, French, Belgian, salads, coffee, sweets, etc, etc. There are tables for patrons to sit and enjoy a bite. There is also fresh produce area and a...few stands with jewelry, scarves, purses, coats and more. Definitely a fun place to visit. Paying street parking available.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 15, 2019 via mobile

Great muffuletta! The service was great, the gumbo was fantastic, I would definitely recommend stopping by Jokers in the Chicago French market.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 13, 2019

this was one of the first places we visited on my trip to chicago and we had a good wander round with a few different stalls selling food and drink from different countries, think one was jamaican. whereas me and my friend had an empanada..., think it was chicken and was like small pasty, they did a variety of these for $3.75? or two and a drink for $8. We followed this up with going to a stall and having sweet crepes , there were a few with nutella on, or strawberries where I had lemon curd, cream and blueberries on fro around $7, not cheap, was niceMore

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 10, 2019

We stop in here when we have layovers at Union Station. There is a huge selection of all kinds of different cuisines. It's great for lunch/dinner. I have never had breakfast there, but I have heard certain vendors are open for it. You can also...grab a drink or purchase items to take with you. It does get a little crowded, but I have found it to be worth the wait!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 10, 2019

This afternoon I used the Ogilvie Transportation Center men's room adjacent to the French Market. All four soap dispensers were empty. I watched another customer try three dispensers and told him "this one's empty too." In addition, the water faucets do not work properly and...some only produce a trickle of water. French Market employees use this restroom and many do not wash their hands again before handling food or utensils. This is how disease spreads. The restroom was reminiscent of one in a dirty bus station of a small town. I spoke to Leslie Cahill, the French Market General Manager. Ms. Cahill was very abrupt and offered no apology. She stated that she would report these conditions to the company responsible for managing the restrooms. French Market customers pay premium prices and should be able to wash their hands with soap and water before eating. A word to the wise!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 4, 2019

Great sellection of food from all over the world and good value for the money. What's not great is that there's no good places to sit... I prefer to grab it and eat outside...

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed August 16, 2019

We were staying downtown in a condo with a microwave & refrigerator about 8 blocks from this Market. As we also went to Spa Space, a great place for massage and body treatments, having this market across the street made for a nice excursion the...first time. We liked it so much, ended up here twice along with taking items home for the next day's lunch/dinner. While it is not as big as the markets I have been to in other places, it was perfect as every place was different for your food tastes. Flip Crepes was amazing. The crepes are large and we ended up saving half for later. We tried the Banatella, Apple Caramel and Blueberry lemon sweet crepes (for breakfast and at lunch) and the Atlantis (with smoked salmon) for dinner. All were equally great. The people who work there were really nice and helpful. We also went to RAW and tried some desserts and a "pasta" with red sauce dish to take home. These were great. The person at this food venue was informative and helpful when making our selections. We were able to but french macarons at Vanille Patisserie and fruits and salad fixings at Produce Express. There is seating and restrooms available within the market. It is attached to the Metra station. I would recommend.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 9, 2019

The market was extremely small. We go to markets in each city we visit, and is often one of the highlights of our trip. This definitely had to be the smallest ever seen. Only one store with actual items to purchase besides food that needed...to be consumed immediately. Had to walk to elevated train, then take train in. Had perhaps medium food. If I lived in the area or worked in the area, I would probably eat lunch there. But as a visitor, it does not deserve the reviews given. Long distance, nothing else close by to see, literally only workers on the train besides us, and food just average.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Leslie C, General Manager at Chicago French Market, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2019

We are sorry that you had a bad visit. The Chicago French Market is a 15,000 square foot food emporium with over 19 types of cuisine represented. We also have market items to take with you like macaron, flowers, wine, cheese and much more. We...More

Reviewed July 2, 2019

Too many people have never heard of the French Market. It is underneath the Metra tracks at Ogilvie. You just go down the stairs right off the train instead of going into the station. They have great vendors of all types. The Belgian fries, beer,...and burgers are outstanding. If I still commuted to the city, I would buy all my dinners on the way home. So many choices. There are tables and chairs inside and outside . Even live music sometimes. Go there!More

Date of visit: July 2019
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The manager is Sebastien Bensidoun and his phone number is 312-923-0008. I think that a call to express your concern would be appropriate. I am sure he would appreciate that because anything bad about his employees behavior... More
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Yes, there is parking. I want to say it was either directly part of the same building, or right next door.
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On Saturdays open from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm. Most of the food stalls are open on Saturday & there is festive atmosphere all along.
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Chicago French Market is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4