After a great lunch at Bar Siena, I headed to the nearby Chicago French Market for extra treats.
This weekend, I was sitting at lunch at Bar Siena and realized I had about an hour to kill. So... of course I came onto the boredinchicago.com website and used the generator. After a few clicks, I was suggested the Chicago French Market which was only a few blocks away
Quick info for the Chicago French Market What is it? A French-focused dinning and shopping market (though not everything there is French!) How much does it cost? It's free to enter and walk around, but will vary depending on what you buy. Expect to spend $5-10 per item Where is it? West Loop What should I do there? Walk around and look at the various stores. Get a tasty treat like a pastry or a smoothie. Sit at the indoor tables that are set-up like a road-side Parisian cafe
The Chicago French Market is in West Loop and attached to the Ogilvie Train Station. It is free to enter and explore. If you do want to spend money, there are over 30 stores from local Chicago entrepreneurs and vendors. I originally planned to get myself a delicious pastry, but actually ended up getting ridiculous full from lunch. However, my fiancee got a smoothie and we sat down off on the side. There is a very cool series of tables modeled like a Parisian cafe. Nearby, there is an artsy mural of Paris -- try snapping a few pictures here!
All-in-all, I spent about 15 minutes here. Definitely recommend checking this place out, especially if you have a short amount of time to kill and don't want to spend a ton of money.
Want to learn more or find something else do to? Here's the Things To Do page for the Chicago French Market