Chicago's Field Museum Partners with ARAMARK to Transform the Food and Beverage Experience

New Restaurants and Dining Options Await Museum Visitors

Aug 26, 2013, 11:00 ET from ARAMARK

CHICAGO, Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Field Museum today announced a partnership with ARAMARK, a world leader in providing professional services, to become the museum's exclusive hospitality partner. Under terms of the agreement, ARAMARK will manage the food and beverage programs, including restaurant, retail dining and catering operations, beginning September 2013.


The Field Museum and ARAMARK are working together to re-imagine the Museum's overall dining and catering experience. Plans include introducing new dining concepts and developing new seasonal menus that use fresh, sustainable ingredients from local farmers and purveyors.

The two new restaurants, The Field Bistro and Explorer Cafe, will incorporate features that promote The Field Museum's conservation mission, such as water reduction as well as energy, water and air quality.

A highlight of The Field Bistro on the main level will be the "World Grill," which will showcase dishes from around the world that will serve as a way of bringing the Museum's permanent exhibitions to life. Explorer Cafe on the ground level will feature a family friendly menu and decor, including an outdoor patio.

"The Field Museum is very pleased to have ARAMARK on board to provide exciting, high quality dining options for our visitors and staff.  The new restaurants will reflect the Museum's focus on international cultures and will be in line with our efforts to use sustainable products," said Field Museum Senior Vice President Laura Sadler.

"The Field Museum is a Chicago landmark and one of the country's pre-eminent cultural institutions and we look forward to enhancing the visitor experience with new and innovative culinary offerings and exemplary customer service," said ARAMARK Parks and Destinations President Bruce W. Fears. "Whether visiting for the day, taking a class field trip or attending a special event, our goal is to create a world-class food and beverage program that offers something for all museum guests to enjoy."

Following the opening of The Field Bistro in mid-November, work will begin on the new Explorer Cafe, with an anticipated opening of April 2014. 

About The Field Museum
Chicago's Field Museum is one of the world's great museums and it is a focus of public learning and scholarly research. It's a treasury of objects including ancient mummies, endangered plants and animals, and SUE, the largest and most complete T. rex ever found. Above all, The Field Museum is an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages. Named for its founding donor, department store magnate Marshall Field I, the Museum first opened its doors in 1894. Today, it presides proudly over Chicago's lakefront Museum Campus, welcoming visitors from around the world. 

The Field Museum is located at 1400 South Lake Shore Drive. Getting to The Field Museum on CTA is easy. Three rail lines and several buses serve The Field Museum. Call 312–836–7000 or 1-888-YOUR-CTA for specific directions. For Museum information, call 312–922–9410 or visit Purchase CityPass at The Field Museum and visit six Chicago attractions for one low price.

About ARAMARK Parks and Destinations
ARAMARK Parks and Destinations, a division of ARAMARK, delivers authentic and memorable experiences at national and state parks, national forests, specialty hotels, museums and other tourist destinations throughout the United States. In partnership with its clients, ARAMARK Parks and Destinations seek to enhance the guest experience by offering industry-leading hospitality, environmental stewardship, recreational and interpretive programs. For more information, visit or follow us on @travelaramark.

ARAMARK delivers experiences that enrich and nourish people's lives through innovative food, facility, and uniform services. United by a passion to serve, our more than 250,000 employees make a meaningful difference each day for millions of people around the world. ARAMARK is recognized among the Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE and World's Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute.  Learn more at or connect with us at and @aramark.

David Freireich

The Field Museum