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I’m a big believer in shopping in the area where I live. My favorite place here is a local market called Hyde Park Produce, and the Green City Market is great. We have a lot of organic markets that I go to also.
There’s a really terrific store in Chicago on Harlem Avenue, which is maybe 15 miles west of downtown, called Caputo Cheese Market. You can get cheeses from all over the world, the best of Italy, and it’s terrific to go there. It’s my favorite market in the city.
Perhaps Chicago’s best known high-end market is Fox & Obel, specializing in artisan baked goods, rare preserves and treats, and incredible produce, as well as an impressive prepared-foods section. There’s a bistro here, too, serving a full menu of items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
I’m also a fan of the Mariano’s chain, which is more of a full-service grocery store, but with impressive prepared-foods and deli sections. The downtown location, adjacent to Millennium Park, is a popular stop for picnickers heading to al fresco concerts in the park.
With four locations in the city, The Goddess and Grocer is a popular specialty market worth popping into for local provisions and treats. I love that there’s always a selection of Vosges Haut Chocolat, a must-eat souvenir.