Chicago Time Out Market’s jazz brunch feeds your soul too

Photos by Angela Chen

Story and Photos by Angela Chen
Medill Reports

Time Out Market in Chicago is taking a creative spin on the food hall experience by offering live jazz and brunch specialties available from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sundays. The Feed Your Soul Jazz Brunch features the Chicago Soul Jazz Collective playing live music from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. and individual vendors offering specialty brunch dishes during the entire event.

“People are more interested in the jazz band than the football” game on the big screen, Time Out Market manager Ismael Romero said. “We get a lot of calls and inquiries” about the jazz band.

Time Out Market, at 916 W. Fulton Market, is one of several different food halls that Time Out owns across the world.

“The idea is to bring the publication to life outside of the pages of the website,” Time Out editor Zach Long said.
“It’s more than a place where you can eat and go and have a drink, but you can also come in and meet face-to-face with the restaurants at the market,” Long said. “The motto is the best of the city under one roof.” Time Out Market has 18 different kitchens, each with a different vendor serving dishes such as breakfast arepas, brisket hash and hangover ramen and other dishes originating from across the world.
Chicago Soul Jazz Collective plays live jazz on the second floor from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. on Sundays.
John Fournier, lead sax in Chicago Soul Jazz Collective, plays a solo break during the band’s performance.
Chicago Soul Jazz Collective will be playing every Sunday through July 31.
The second-floor lounge provides a space for guests to watch the live band and drink a cocktail from the bar.
At Cleo’s, fried chicken and waffles ($16) is one of the most popular dishes. The vendor also serves a French toast soufflé on Sundays during Feed Your Soul Jazz Brunch.
“If I’m in the mood for a heavy meal, I’d get brisket and ribs from Salt and Smoke, but for a lighter meal, chef Bill Kim’s Urban Belly has lighter options,” Long said. The $13 entree at Urban Belly offers two buns filled with fried chicken, coleslaw, pickle, radish and a sprinkle of chili flakes.
The market also features Bocci night on Thursdays and a Valentine’s Day pop-up market on the second floor. On Feb. 12, it will feature pottery, jewelry and vintage goods.

Angela Chen is in the Video/Broadcast specialization at Medill. You can follow her on Twitter @AngelaLiuChen