Chicago is finally in on the year-round artisanal market action.

Last weekend, the Chicago French Market http://chicagofrenchmarket.com/ 
opened the doors to its 15,000-square-foot space in Ogilvie Transportation 
Center, which houses vendors (25, when all are moved in) selling goods that 
range from organic produce to Korean stir-fries.

The market is open year-round, six days a week. And while West Loopers will 
be pleased to see familiar faces (Pastoral
http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/chicago/513/Pastoral_is_an_American_cheese_lists_best_friend.htm 
, Delightful Pastries
http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/chicago/833/A_Jefferson_Park_favorite_comes_to_Old_Town.htm 
, Vanille http://www.vanillepatisserie.com/ ), it?s the 
first-timers--i.e., vendors who have never sold directly to the public 
before--that have us most excited. Here are three not to miss on your 
eating rounds:

Fumare http://www.frenchmarketchicago.com/vendor/fumare owner Dick 
McCracken gathers locally smoked and cured meats from across Chicago, like 
speck from Nick?s Meat Market ($10 per pound) and ?gypsy bacon,? 
double-smoked pork belly from a North Side Polish smoker ($7 per pound).

Saigon Sisters http://www.saigonsisters.com/ is a newfound family affair, 
with the Nguyen sisters (and their mother) turning out five kinds of banh 
mi (try The Porky, with pork belly and pho flavors, $6) and rice paper 
rolls stuffed with shrimp, pork and tofu. Look for chicken and beef pho to 
debut in the next week or two.

Sweet Miss Giving's http://www.sweetmissgivings.com/ caters and sells 
their pastries at a few coffee shops across town, but this is their 
inaugural retail stand. Try the fluffy cupcakes and chai-cherry scones--and 
know that 50 percent of profits help support the HIV-positive members of 
Chicago House http://www.chicagohouse.org/ .

Chicago French Market, 131 N. Clinton St.; 312-575-0306 or 
frenchmarketchicago.com http://frenchmarketchicago.com
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Chicago is finally in on the year-round artisanal market action.

Last weekend, the Chicago French Market opened the doors to its 15,000-square-foot space in Ogilvie Transportation Center, which houses vendors (25, when all are moved in) selling goods that range from organic produce to Korean stir-fries.

The market is open year-round, six days a week. And while West Loopers will be pleased to see familiar faces (Pastoral, Delightful Pastries, Vanille), it’s the first-timers--i.e., vendors who have never sold directly to the public before--that have us most excited. Here are three not to miss on your eating rounds:

Fumare owner Dick McCracken gathers locally smoked and cured meats from across Chicago, like speck from Nick’s Meat Market ($10 per pound) and “gypsy bacon,” double-smoked pork belly from a North Side Polish smoker ($7 per pound).

Saigon Sisters is a newfound family affair, with the Nguyen sisters (and their mother) turning out five kinds of banh mi (try The Porky, with pork belly and pho flavors, $6) and rice paper rolls stuffed with shrimp, pork and tofu. Look for chicken and beef pho to debut in the next week or two.

Sweet Miss Giving's caters and sells their pastries at a few coffee shops across town, but this is their inaugural retail stand. Try the fluffy cupcakes and chai-cherry scones--and know that 50 percent of profits help support the HIV-positive members of Chicago House.

Chicago French Market, 131 N. Clinton St.; 312-575-0306 or frenchmarketchicago.com
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