What Is The Story Behind Our New Restaurants?

Have you heard? Our new restaurants are opening! The first to open is an Asian street food bistro called Sixes & Eights, followed by Third Star which serves international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Coming soon will be Arc Bar with electric cocktails and an outdoor patio!

The restaurants have their own style and atmosphere, but they all stem from one major historical event: the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.


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The Expo (also known as the World’s Fair) was held in 1893 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the New World in 1492. The event was an influential social and cultural event. It had a profound effect on architecture, the arts, Chicago’s image and American industrial optimism and invention. In honor of the event, Chicago has dedicated one of the stars in the Chicago flag to the Expo.

Third Star was inspired by this dedicated piece of Chicago history. Boldly inventive and internationally diverse cuisine is served in a sophisticated space near McCormick Place.

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Additionally, the event brought people from 47 countries throughout the fair’s existence. The diversity of the cultures and cuisine helped to make Chicago a melting pot of nationalities and fantastic flavors.

Sixes & Eights highlights the amazing food created in Asian cultures, specifically the popular items sold on the street in carts near temples and markets. This popular street food is re-imagined in a build-your-own atmosphere. Take in all the flavors, and take it out for a quick meal!

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A critical component of the Expo was the ability to power it through electricity – an amazing demonstration to celebrate Benjamin Franklin’s invention so many years ago. An entire building, called the Electric Building, was devoted to electric exhibits!

Arc Bar celebrates the amazing invention by showcasing thousands of Edison bulbs in its electric bar atmosphere. The outdoor patio will open this summer. It will also embrace the connectivity displayed in the Electric Building with communal tables and an infinity bar.


Don’t miss out on these amazing new restaurants to the South Loop Chicago area, steps from McCormick Place!

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