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Urbanspace Challenge Chicago is a creative competition whose aim is to help discover the culinary entrepreneurs of tomorrow and provide them a platform to connect with eaters eager for new flavors. We’re looking for ambitious chefs and entrepreneurs who have bright flavorful ideas and the the ability to bring them to the masses.

Simply put, the challenger who puts forth the best idea and plan will be given a free kitchen in the soon-to-open Urbanspace Chicago venue. What could be tastier?

The competition aims to lessen the barrier to entry for up-and-coming chef entrepreneurs while at the same time providing Chicago food hall customers with what they crave most: the newest ingredients, the most exotic flavors, the never before tasted combinations.

KEY CRITERIA  Product offering (40%), Mission/Values (10%), Community Impact (10%), Authenticity (10%), and Brand potential (30%).

SUGGESTIONS We encourage applicants from restaurants, cafés, pop-ups and catering concepts that believe they can succeed in a market environment. This may include, but is not limited to the ability to satisfy different day segments, fast service requirements, portability of food products, cohesiveness and breadth of menu, etc. 



We’re looking for ambitious chefs and entrepreneurs with bright flavorful ideas

FINALISTS From the initial batch of applicants, Urbanspace will select three finalists using the above key criteria. Our finalists will then be invited to a Challenge round where they will present their concept, brand story and stand-out dish. A panel of culinary authorities from Chicago and New York will vote for the winning participant.

The winner of Urbanspace Challenge Chicago will receive a three month rent free booth at Urbanspace W Washington located at 15 W Washington, support with menu & brand development, media exposure and online presence.

SCHEDULE The entry period is from Thursday, Sept 5, 2019 7:00 AM (CST) to Tuesday, Oct 1st, 12:00 PM (CST). Urbanspace will announce the three finalists by October 7th and will invite the finalists to the final tasting round on October 15th in Chicago, IL. The Urbanspace Challenge winner will be selected by our panel of culinary experts.

OUR RULES To enter, all potential candidates will be required to fill out this form*inclusive of (but not limited to) contact information, menu, food photos and a brief description that outlines the culinary idea. Urbanspace reserves the right to edit or delete any submission.

VIDEO As a pioneer in the food hall world, we know that our most successful vendors have a winning mix of consistently awesome food, operational grit and dynamic personality. That’s why we ask that all applicants craft a video that demonstrates the color, organization and ambition within you and your concept. Let your star shine.