The new West Loop bar looks completely different from its predecessor, Market, thanks to some chic upgrades and killer indoor/outdoor space.
By Peter Ranvestel and Carrie Schedler
Published April 21, 2014
Packing House (1113 W. Randolph St., West Loop) has taken over the spot previously occupied by Market—and when we swung by the soft-open bar this weekend, it looked completely different from its predecessor.
A dividing wall between the dining room and bar has come down, making the space feel far airier. A smattering of LCD TVs inset into the walls display a rotating selection of abstract paintings. And an indoor-outdoor bar on the ground level allows patrons to flow freely between the lounge and a patio area while they sip their Packing House Palomas (tequila, tarragon essence, grapefruit juice, and blood orange San Pellegrino).
When Packing House settles into its schedule, it’ll eventually open up a rooftop deck and second floor as well, allowing 360-degree views of the city in time for summer revelry. In the meantime, though, here’s what to expect if you stop in.