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Local Food Vendors Coming To The Field Museum

By Anthony Todd in Food on Aug 28, 2013 7:00PM

Photo by Bart Palka.

We've often lamented the food at the Field Museum, especially as it's one of our favorite museums. They've only got a Corner Bakery and a McDonald's, neither of which seem to fit either the mission or the grandeur of that august institution. Luckily, some new dining options are coming this Winter.

The Tribune reported yesterday
that both of the existing restaurants will be closing soon. If you're a big fan of that Corner Bakery on the main floor of the museum, go now—it'll be gone by November.

The main floor restaurant will be The Field Bistro, which will serve seasonal food made with local ingredients, as well as beer and wine. The McDonald's downstairs will be replaced with the Explorer Cafe, a "family-friendly" restaurant that we bet any amount of money will have chicken fingers on the menu.

It's good to see the Field aligning its food politics with its institutional politics. The museum has participated in a number of green initiatives, most notably the organic garden run by museum staff, and this educational process can now extend into their restaurants. Plus, the food can only get better than what it is now.