In an area synonymous with celebrated galleries and restaurants, it is only natural that the simply titled Fulton Market Kitchen would fuse art and cuisine. With sweeping street art murals, suspended sculptures, and a wall made of mangled wooden chairs, it is a restaurant, lounge, and veritable art gallery all its own.
Located in the former Victor Hotel space at 311 North Sangamon Street, Fulton Market Kitchen is 6,000 square feet of “controlled chaos,” according Alex Morales, the Guatemalan-born artist who designed the space with his managing partner, Daniel Alonso.
Morales filled up a bit of wall space with his own paintings and sculptures, which explore texture through recycled materials. Much of the Kitchen’s fixtures are recycled as well, from tables topped with repurposed bowling lane wood, to a bar festooned with vintage luggage, to industrial ceiling lights that seem straight out of the film Metropolis.
Morales and Alonso are behind a slew of other popular Chicago restaurants, including Tavernita, Hubbard Inn, and Untitled. At Fulton Market Kitchen, they invited nearby artists to collaborate on works, which will rotate throughout the year. Local charities will receive a portion of the proceeds from art sold at the Kitchen. Contributing artists so far include Erni Vales, Erik DeBat, Franklin Riley, and Dominic Sansone.