Mercat a la Planxa is a modern interpretation of timeless Catalan traditions. Located on Michigan Avenue, Mercat offers an authentic dining experience that combines fresh meats & produces with the energetic spirit of a Barcelona market. The interiors boast bright, rich fabrics & weathered mosaic tiles, accented by dynamic sculptural furniture & distinctive art murals. Mercat’s ambitious menu captivates diners with its masterful remix of authentic Spanish cuisine with an emphasis in the Catalonian region. From street-food-styled starters to meal-sized classics, rice & grilled specialties from our planxa grill, each dish leads diners to another stage along Mercat’s culinary adventure. Complementing the rich cultural experience is an extensive, yet finely curated selection of cava, sangria, wine & cocktail creations. Mercat a la Planxa combines the best of both the old & new worlds, bringing a Catalan aesthetic to the heart of Chicago.
Mercat is the perfect destination for your next private event! Whether you are looking to host a corporate function, rehearsal dinner, or intimate gathering amongst friends and family, we have the spaces, the cuisine, and the charm to truly amaze your guests. With three different private dining rooms & three semi-private event spaces available, we can accommodate any size group from an intimate gathering of 10 guests to celebratory receptions up to 130 guests.
The second floor is where you will find our gorgeous La Veranda Room. Located above the main dining room, the space is set to convey the feeling you get looking out over the bustling market of Barcelona. You will feel the great energy from the main dining room as well as a fabulous view of Grant Park from the stunning glass balcony.
Occupancy: 20-30 Sit Down / 30 for Standing Reception
On the second floor of the restaurant, we have the beautiful Barcelona Room. This room delicately depicts the birds of the marketplace in Spain’s Catalan region, throughout the room. This spacious room comes with a pre-function area, The Foyer, just outside of the doors allowing extra space for your guests to enjoy your event.
Occupancy: 30-60 Sit Down / 90 for Standing Reception
The Mercat Lower Lounge offers a wonderful option for your guests. Located below the Main Dining Room on the Michigan Avenue level, this warm and intimate space is a great location to entertain! With a full bar, warm atmosphere & plenty of mingling room, your guests are sure to enjoy the space.
Occupancy: 20-30 Sit Down / 40 for Standing Reception
If a private room is not what you had in mind, we are able to accommodate your group in our newly remodeled, Perch. Perched atop the lobby of the historic Blackstone Hotel & adjacent to our Main Lounge you are part of the action all night! The Perch is furnished with a combination of cocktail tables & a comfortable banquette for your guests to enjoy handcrafted cocktails & passed tapas.
Occupancy: 10-12 Standing Reception
In addition to other embellishments, we also created a perfect semi-private seating option in the Main Dining Room is our private rooms are not what you had in mind. La Taula is the perfect semi-private space for your group to enjoy the bustling energy of the restaurant but also to enjoy a bit of exclusivity by having your group sat together in the same area. With circular four foot walls surrounding your space, the privacy allows a bit more intimate conversation than the open seating of the main dining room.
Occupancy: 8-10 Sit Down