Foodlife is expanding to make room for “foodease market”

Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants Inc. (LEYE) has even more to celebrate during its 40th anniversary year. foodlife at Water Tower Place, an urban dining venue with 14 distinctive kitchens, will be expanding its market concept across the mezzanine to become the new foodease market. The 4,500-square-foot foodease market will feature restaurant-quality food prepared to go, as well as dine-in seating for 50. foodease market will be open every day of the week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

foodease market will cater to Michigan Avenue area residents, shoppers, workers and tourists.  Guests will enjoy fresh food made from scratch daily and the largest selection of wines to-go on Michigan Ave.


New Features

  • Wine Bar – Grab friends and savor wines available by the glass or flight selected by LEYE Master Sommelier Alpana Singh. The bar also will feature wines on tap. Pair them with an array of spreads, cheeses, charcuterie and mini sandwiches from the bar’s own special menu.
  • Wine Shop – Featuring over 200 wines for sale. Guests can enjoy the wine and cheese tasting table to sample the Wine of the Month. Exclusive LEYE Wine Club wines also will be available.
  • Cold Salad Bar – Over 100 fresh ingredients featuring greens, seeds, fruits and grains locally sourced whenever possible. In addition, chef prepared salads will be featured, including the Mity Nice Chopped and foodease market signature Asian Noodle salads.
  • Hot Entrée Bar – Your favorite comfort foods, including mac & cheese, meatloaf, chicken meatballs, oven roasted turkey and salmon. Selections will change daily and will feature themed nightly specials, such as Taco Night.
  • Sandwich Counter – Featuring five chef created sandwiches or build-your-own.
  • Sushi Bar – Grab-N-Go case featuring a full menu of maki, nigiri, and hand rolls available for immediate purchase or custom-made to order.
  • Soup Bar – Five of your favorite foodlife soups will be featured daily. Fresh baked bread and crackers also will be available. The bar will feature oatmeal with toppings and cream of wheat for breakfast.
  • Gourmet Food Counter – With something for everyone from crab cakes, spinach and jack cheese quesadillas to stuffed peppers and double-baked potatoes.
  • Bakery Counter – Self-serve selections from Sacred Ground’s Bakery & Café include morning buns, muffins, scones, cookies and brownies. Selections will vary throughout the day.
  • Chocolate Room – Featuring a selection of foodease market favorite chocolates, including local, fair-trade and artisanal products. This intimate room promises to attract all chocolate lovers.
  • The Freezer – Stocked with prepared foods including pizza, TV dinners, cookie dough and ice cream. An assortment of gluten-free products also will be available.
  • Farm Stand – A variety of locally sourced, seasonal fruits and vegetables will be available daily.
  • Coffee Bar Chicago’s favorite roasters Metropolis, Intelligentsia and La Colombe will be available for self-serve and freshly ground by the pound.
  • Kitchen Table – This multipurpose table will provide samples, chef demos and tastings scheduled weekly.
  • Retail Corner – Local, well known restaurant products and some of foodease market’s favorite culinary tools will be found here.
  • Coke Free Style – Create the ultimate beverage experience with over 100 drink choices.
  • Create Your Own Trail Mix Bar – Mix and match over 30 selections of nuts, dried fruit, seeds and grains.


About foodease market

Just a few steps from Michigan Avenue, foodease market features “restaurant-quality food prepared to-go.” foodease market will have dine-in seating for 50 and will be open every day of the week forbreakfast, lunch and dinner. For more information, please call 312-335-3663 or visit foodease market on Facebook or Twitter (foodeasemarket).


foodease market is a Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Inc. (LEYE) restaurant. Based in Chicago, LEYE, celebrating 40 years, is one of the nation’s leading independent restaurant groups, owning, managing or licensing more than 75 establishments in Illinois, Arizona, Minnesota, Maryland, Nevada, Georgia and Virginia. The establishments range from the casual style and cuisine of the original restaurant, R.J. Grunts, to the formal elegance of Everest and Tru