How Chicago’s Revival Food Hall is revving up for its next chapter

Electric Greens is the newest concept to join the venue, and more fresh ideas are in the works for parent company 16” on Center.

When 16” on Center opened Revival Food Hall in 2016, the collection of chef-driven eateries was an instant hit with Chicago’s downtown crowd.

Like other urban food halls, the buzz died down during the pandemic as customers stayed close to home. But now Revival is gearing up for its next chapter, infused with fresh ideas and new concepts. Electric Greens, a new-age salad bar, just opened, with Chef Brad Alexander at the helm. Daytime diners are back—and so are many of the signature eateries. An exciting bar program is in the works, too, and 16” on Center partner Tim Wickes has plans to bring entertainment and events back to the venue.

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Tim Wickes, left, and Brad Alexander

Wickes is also developing a new food hall in an historic New York City building that will include an expo space as well as restaurants. Listen as Alexander and Wickes share how on-trend food, drink and experiences are freshening up food halls for future growth.

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