North Side

Anybody who says it's expensive to eat organic has never been to Stanley's. This fruit-and-veg market is crazy cheap—typical finds include a pound of organic carrots for a buck. You'll feel as if you're robbing the damn place. Sure, you've got about 48 hours to eat the produce before mushiness sets in, but that's just more reason to invite friends over for a feast.

Venue name: Stanley's
Address: 1558 N Elston Ave

Cross street: at North Ave
Transport: Bus: 9, 72.

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Amanda B

I love Stanley's! In fact, it may very well be my favorite place in the city. Yes, the produce can be borderline overripe at times, but for the price, suck it up and use your better judgement. There's always a great deal to be had here, especially if you're willing to put in a little work. For example, I bought strawberries here this past summer for $0.98/case! That's 8 qts of strawberries for $0.98, do the math, it's incredibly inexpensive. Yes, I did spend that night sorting through berries to get rid of bad ones before they ruined the whole container, but I ended up with a ton of strawberries in my freezer that I'm enjoying thoughout the winter.

They also carry a respectable variety of organic produce for a fraction of the cost of conventional grocery stores.

Stanley's is always busy and is especially crazy on the weekends (when I avoid it at all costs). However, it's definitely worth the trip!