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MetraMarket Breaks Ground

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Sep 18, 2008 9:00PM

This weekend we mentioned the MetraMarket and the fact it's finally getting built. Today we attended the "groundbreaking" ceremony for the Market, held at the future site of the French Market portion of the project. The 15,000 square foot market will be the first year-round market in the Chicago area and will feature plenty of butcher, produce, and fish stands, just to name a few. The entire project will include 48,000 square feet of restaurant space and 52,000 square feet of retail space. Of course, how does one hold a "groundbreaking" in a concourse with a solid concrete floor? By pulling windows out, of course! With Alderman Brendan Reilly, Chicago Deputy Commissioner Michael Jasso, and Metra Executive Director Phil Pagano in attendance, a group of people marked the occasion by pulling two window frames out of the wall in dramatic fashion, video of which is after the jump.