3 greens market

I think I might live here

It would barely be an exaggeration to say that Hogsalt is my main source of sustenance in Chicago. In fact, on any given day in Chicago, you’ll likely find me here, at 3 Greens Market. With a cup of hot coffee, my laptop and notes scattered around me, looking a little too comfortable.

In my defense, it’s easy to get comfortable here. Tucked away in a more quiet block of River North behind Merchandise Mart, 3 Greens Market is a hybrid cafe-restaurant-lounge-market that is my happy place in this city. On one side there’s a cafe/bar with Doughnut Vault doughnuts (and other sweets pastries), surrounded by couches, communal tables and cozy nooks, the wifi password plastered on the back wall, a “Welcome” sign for the digital age. On the other side, there’s a quality salad bar and hot food buffet, where you can weigh out a snack or a full brunch or dinner. Or, if you’re feeling indulgent, you can treat yourself to a Small Cheval burger. All without ever having to unplug.

It’s a strange place, where everyone feels like a regular, where the service is friendly, but not in-your-face familiar kind of friendly. On a rainy day, or (shudder) on a winter day, you can get cozy and camp out all day. You can trust you’ll stay caffeinated without getting hungry or running out of battery or feeling judged by a snarky barista, a luxury other cities can’t seem to afford.

the details

Address354 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
Hours7am to 8pm on weekdays, 8am to 3pm on weekends
Price$$ – salad / hot foods bar is $12/lb., coffee drinks are pretty standard ~$3-5
Aestheticcharmingly eclectic in a very Midwestern way

01| wifi password generously displayed

02 | bottomless coffee for dining in

03 | separate eating space from lounge area

good to know

Go here for: a work session where you might get hungry, or a weekend brunch buffet spread that hits as much sweet and as much savory as you’d like on your plate.

Order this: everything is pretty solid across the board, featuring Hogsalt favorites like the Small Cheval burger, Dillman’s pastrami, Sawada coffee and Doughnut Vault sweets. When in doubt, make yourself a plate at the buffet. 

Amount of time to spend: literally your entire day, if you wish

When to come: weekdays are lovely, especially in the afternoon, when it’s not super packed, but you’ll always be in good company.

Getting here: the closest station is Merchandise Mart on the Brown Line, it’s just a few minutes walk.

Other things to note: 

  • Their brewed coffee is bottomless if you’re dining in, perfect for long working sessions.
  • There are outlets scattered throughout the space, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a seat near one.

(( seriously, just look at this spread ))

Last visited: August 2019

Last updated: September 2019

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