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Everything we know about Revival Food Hall, the massive food court coming to the Loop

Revival Food Hall, an ambitious and enormous indoor market from the 16″ On Center restaurant group, will undoubtedly change eating downtown — at least for lunch. With 24,000 square feet of space, it’ll be the biggest food option in the Loop, besting even Latinicity, the Latin-American food court in Block 37.

Instead of filling the space with house-branded food stalls operated by the owners of Revival, which is the business model at Latinicity and Italian market Eataly in River North, Revival is recruiting local restaurants to set up shop.

So, who’s moving in? Although 16″ On Center is teasing out that information at an agonizingly slow pace, the vendors they have announced thus far are impressive. Here’s a guide to everything we know to date. We’ll update this as more announcements are made.

WHAT: Revival Food Hall is a 24,000-square-foot indoor market featuring 15 fast-casual food stalls, plus a coffee shop, bar, record store and a reading corner.

OPENING: Owners expect to open in mid-August.

LOCATION: 125 S. Clark St., inside The National building, which was designed by Daniel Burnham.

RESTAURANTS: Thirteen of the 15 have been officially announced. The fourteenth will be a bar and cafe from 16″ On Center, but all the details haven’t been finalized. The group is still finalizing the last option. Here’s the list so far:

Aloha Poke Co. Chicago’s first dedicated poke outlet just opened earlier this year, but it will soon have an outpost in Revival to sell its fresh and flavorful marinated seafood. Hopefully, the lines don’t stretch quite as long here.

Antique Taco Chiquito: This will be just like the bustling Wicker Park taco joint, only smaller. Expect the same creatively constructed tacos, along with a few new breakfast items.

Black Dog Gelato: The acclaimed gelato-maker will serve a greatest hits collection of the most popular flavors from the shop’s Ukrainian Village location.

Brown Bag Seafood Co.: The second location of this sustainable fish operation will offer a choice of a Veggiebox (fish served on a vegetable blend) or a Powerbox (fish served on a grain blend).

The Budlong: This relative newcomer (the first location opened in Lakeview in May) will serve an abbreviated menu of Nashville hot fried chicken for three months. After its run, a new pop-up restaurant will take its place.

Danke: The crew behind Table, Donkey and Stick is behind this new project, which will offer a selection of sandwiches using housemade charcuterie.

Farmer’s Fridge: The team behind the surprisingly good vending machine salads will have its first location with actual people making the salads to order.

The Fat Shallot: If you’ve walked around the Loop during lunchtime, you’ve probably seen this food truck slinging sandwiches, including an epic meatball sub. This will be its first permanent location.

Furious Spoon: This is the third location for the popular ramen purveyor. Look out for shoyu ramen, vegetable ramen, miso ramen and the signature furious ramen, which is very spicy.

Graze Kitchenette: Sarah Jordan (Johnny’s Grill) is teaming up with front-of-house veteran Mason Edelson (GT Fish & Oyster and Lettuce Entertain You) to serve “burgers and bowls.” The burgers feature grass-fed beef on brioche buns, while the bowls will take inspiration from fruit smoothies.

Harvest Juicery: Look out for a full menu of cold-pressed juices and smoothies, along with three-day cleanse packages.

Smoque BBQ: One of Chicago’s most respected barbecue joints will offer a limited menu of highlights, including pulled pork, brisket and chicken. All of the meat will be smoked on site, and come either as a platter with sides or as a sandwich.

Union Squared: Detroit-style pizza, with its crispy squared edges and chunky red sauce, is coming to the Loop. This is from the same group that owns Evanston’s Union Pizzeria, which specializes in Neapolitan-style pizza.