Wells Street Market falls victim to the pandemic

Wells Street Market falls victim to the pandemic

Chicago Eats is sad to report that the pandemic has taken another life. This time it is Wells Street Market.

It was last November that I stopped by Wells Street Market for a special event at Fry the Coop. The Market was rock’n.

frythecoopfried-chicken-champagne-2Wells Street Market to Close September 18

Who would have dreamed that ten months later it would be lights out.

The Loop’s food hall in the middle of it all (or what used to be the middle of it all) has made the difficult decision to close its doors.

The food hall will have its last supper on September 18.


Until then, the Market will be offering specials and freebies to thank their patrons for all of the love and support over the past few years.

Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

“From all of us at the Wells Street Market, it has been an honor and a joy to serve Chicagoans every day. It’s been a remarkable journey with all of our wonderful tenants including Firecakes, Fry the Coop, Fare and so many more. We hope to one day bring back the excitement that was first created when we opened our doors.”


  • On Monday, September 14 – Friday, September 18, Grand Central Bar will be open from 12pm – 7 pm, offering drink specials and wholesale deals on all unopened bottles of liquor & spirits.
  • On the last day of service, Friday, September 18, between 11am – 3 pm, Fry the Coop is treating all patrons to a free meal including a sandwich, fries and a drink.

The Future

It is still unclear what the future will hold for the Wells Street Market, but we hope for the possibility of reopening one day when life goes back to some sense of normalcy.”

About Wells St. Market

Located along the Chicago River on the northern edge of Chicago’s Loop, steps from the Merchandise Mart and the Chicago Riverwalk, Wells Street Market taps into the city’s best chefs, purveyors and artisans for its elevated take on an urban food hall. Located at 205 W. Wacker Drive #100, the airy, casual market boasts nine fast-casual food stalls and appeals to a wide range of tastes with American, Asian, Italian, Mediterranean and Mexican cultures serving as inspiration. Grand Central Bar, where fine-casual fare meets remarkably modern cocktails, offers a rotating selection of seasonally inspired cocktails, wine and beer, plus food menu.

Created by Michael Marsal, Victor Alvarez and the entire team at Alvarez & Marsal Property Investments, Wells Street Market is on the ground floor of a high-rise building nestled on the corner of Wells & Wacker. The 10,500 sq.-ft space designed by Studio K presents a sophisticated atmosphere with modern accents throughout, along with accordion-style and floor-to-ceiling windows that bring the outdoors in. Weather permitting, a sidewalk patio provides additional seating outside, plus indoor event space accommodating up to 300 people.

Wells St. Market is open Monday – Friday, 7 am – 7 pm until September 18. For more information, visit www.wsmchicago.com or call 312.614.4176.

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