SHAYDA TORABI Shayda Torabi is the Editor of Dine With Shayda. She is a born and raised Austinite with an obsession with good food. Working at an Austin Tech Startup on their marketing team, she travels and documents her dining all over the world.

Who: Fulton Market Kitchen

What: Innovative global fare in a chic warehouse space adorned with elaborate murals

When: Monday to Friday 5pm – 2am, Saturday 5pm – 3am, Sunday Closed

Where: 311 N. Sangamon St., Chicago, IL 60607

Why: Pictures and reviews did not do this place justice, but it certainly helped piqued my curiosity. Fulton Market Kitchen is located in Chicago’s bustling West Loop neighborhood and not only is it a restaurant and bar, but it’s an art gallery too! My sister and I were in town visiting for Lollapalooza, a popular music festival, and had added this to our list of placed we had to check out.

We pulled up to Fulton Market Kitchen not really knowing what to expect, the warehouse was painted in black and white linear blocks, and there were large graphics hung on the outside. It was badass, avant-garde, and very bold– we were in for a treat. For me, dinner is just as much about the food as it is the ambiance, and I was really looking forward to checking this mad artist lair out.

Walking in there are so many pieces it was hard to pick just one thing to look at. Everything was a piece of art, but it was all purposeful. From the light fixtures to the dining furniture it made sense in the space and brought a neat dynamic to dinner. Because it’s a warehouse space you can see the whole restaurant for the most part. There is a lounge with couches and comfy chairs near the beautifully ordained bar. There is a platform with a small dining area up a couple of stairs, which is where we sat and could see ove