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Local Foods

Shopping, Grocery stores River West/West Town
5 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
 (Photograph: Barry Brecheisen)
Photograph: Barry BrecheisenLocal Foods
 (Photograph: Barry Brecheisen)
Photograph: Barry BrecheisenLocal Foods
 (Photograph: Barry Brecheisen)
Photograph: Barry BrecheisenLocal Foods
 (Photograph: Barry Brecheisen)
Photograph: Barry BrecheisenLocal Foods
 (Photograph: Barry Brecheisen)
Photograph: Barry BrecheisenLocal Foods
 (Photograph: Barry Brecheisen)
Photograph: Barry BrecheisenLocal Foods

A brand-new addition to Chicago’s grocery store scene, this airy space—a bright spot on a rather cheerless stretch of Elston—endeavors to supply shoppers with family-farmed produce and other goods from sources within the Midwest. As such, the fruits and vegetables are highly seasonal, which can be something of an adjustment for shoppers accustomed to the everything-all-the-time model of typical American mega-grocers. But rest assured, there’s plenty to build a meal around—not least, the interesting cuts, charcuterie and beautiful sausages from whole animal-focused Butcher & Larder, an erstwhile Noble Square standby that upped stakes to become an anchor here. You’ll also find items like freshly milled oatmeal and flour from the grain gurus at Baker Miller, pungent cheeses from producers like Tulip Tree Creamery and breads from Evanston’s excellent Hewn. If you’d rather let someone else do the cooking, pull up a stool at Stock—the onsite café—for pasties, soups and rotating blue plate specials like pork belly on grits.


Venue name: Local Foods
Address: 1427 W Willow St
Cross street: Throop & Willow
Opening hours: Every day 10am-8pm
Transport: Bus: 9, 72
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It's so clean and bright and beautiful and hunger-inducing in here! You can order hot food and wait for your lunch to be made right there while you shop for some other pantry staples.