Aster Food Hall: Grand style on the Mag Mile

Aster Food Hall: Grand style on the Mag Mile

Aster Hall, a new entry in Chicago's expanding lineup of food halls, such as Revival Food Hall,  Eataly and Latinicity provides an upscale getaway at the 900 N. Michigan Shops.

The food hall, that opened last November on Black Friday, is masterminded by Hogsalt Hospitality founder Brendan Sodikoff and the team behind Au Cheval, 3 Arts Club and others. 

Entrance. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Entrance. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

The impressive line-up features food stations from 14 of the city's trendiest restaurants on the main 5th floor level along with two bars--sweets and spirits--both on the 6th floor upper level.

The vendors. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

The vendors. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

As you enter the the grand and welcoming space, you'll see a lineup of giant touchscreens, where you'll place your order.

Ordering is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. First you select what you want to eat from the many options on the giant touchscreens, then you place your order, pay with a credit or debit card (Aster Hall is cashless); get your receipt that tells you where to pick up your order, grab your food and choose a place to sit.

Bring a friend or your laptop and enjoy a getaway like no other on the busy Mag Mile with good food choices, no hassle ordering and beautiful surroundings.

Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

If you don't want a full meal, you can order coffee, dessert, craft cocktails, beer or wine on the upper level.

Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Just head to the elegant staircase at the back of the 5th level and go upstairs where you'll find two bars along with a host of comfortable seating options.

Photo; Carole Kuhrt Brewer

Photo; Carole Kuhrt Brewer

What: Aster Hall
Where: 900 N. Michigan Ave.
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday Monday and Tuesday, 11 am to 8 pm.; Sunday 11 am to 6 pm.

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