There is no such thing as an awkward date at the new Fulton Market Kitchen.  

Part gallery, part restaurant, the warehouse-inspired FMK displays a variety of artwork from a rotation of local artists--giving you something to debate over a variety of playful contemporary American dishes. You?re even encouraged to get up in the middle of your meal and browse the pieces.

During our recent dinner, we discovered a handful of top-notch artists, including Franklin Riley, the director of the neighboring FM* gallery, who uses oils to create flowing landscape and abstract works, and CJ Hungerman (our fave!), who paints colorful (almost chaotic) large-scale pieces.  

See one you like? Every creation in the restaurant is up for sale.

And as for the food? We recommend the grilled cauliflower ($11) and the rye-crusted salmon ($34).

Your date just planned itself. You?re welcome.

Fulton Market Kitchen, 311 N. Sangamon St.; 312-733-6900 or fultonmarketkitchen.com

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