The best grocery delivery services in Chicago

The best grocery delivery services in Chicago have you covered when there's nothing in the fridge for dinner

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In a world where Instagram's latest update and Portillo's new delivery app make headlines, it's no wonder Chicagoans have become hooked on another of the latest trends: grocery delivery services. For a small fee, you can bypass the awkward CTA schlepping from the grocery store or the hassle of venturing out for milk in the dead of winter. From pantry staples to fresh produce, booze, beauty products, even electronics and baby gifts—these companies, quite literally, deliver the goods. 

The best grocery delivery in Chicago

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InstaCart

This (dare we say, "trendy"?) tech startup has become the answer to city dwellers' prayers (especially of the non-vehicle–owning variety). Dubbed the "Uber for Groceries," InstaCart delivers any goods of your choosing from your favorite Chicago grocery stores—Mariano's, Jewel-Osco, Whole Foods, Costco, Plum Market, Pete's Fresh Market, even Petco, Target and Binny's. Prices are also the same as in-store for many retailers. Delivery starts at $5.99 for orders over $35.

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Amazon Prime Now

As if Amazon Prime could get any more convenient, it turns out they also deliver groceries. For free. Yes, those with an Amazon Prime subscription living in Chicago can take advantage of free on-demand grocery delivery. While the company's local grocer partnership list is pretty limited, (Plum Market and Eataly), the beauty is that you can get the bulk of the goods you'd typically buy at good ole Jewel directly through Amazon. (A handy perk come the depths of winter.)

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Peapod

With a history that dates back to the '90s, Peapod is considered the pioneer of grocery delivery. It's not so much a "delivery service" as it is an online grocer, as a subsidiary of international food provider Ahold Delhaize. (You may recognize their supermarkets, "Stop & Shop" and "Giant," two popular retailers on the East Coast.) That being said, this option is best for those who like to plan ahead. You can schedule orders for delivery as soon as next-day, or up to two weeks in advance. (However, not within a two-hour window like many competitors.) And Peapod doesn’t just sell private label item, they offer a full grocery assortment.

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Google Express

We knew it was only a matter of time before Google began dipping its toes in the Grocery Delivery world. But Google Express delivers goods not just from grocery stores (Whole Foods, Treasure Island, Costco) but pretty much any other retailer you can think of, too. Buy Buy Baby, Fry's Electronics, Walgreens, Ulta, Bed Bath and Beyond, Staples and a lot more. Delivery minimums are pretty appealing, too, and you can everything you need on your doorstep on the same day, the next day or choose two-day or two-hour delivery.

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Drizly

There's nothing worse than running out of beer at the party. With Drizly, you can keep those frantic, last-minute runs to a minimum. This alcohol delivery company partners with local liquor stores to get you booze—and fast. Most deliverys take 20 to 40 minutes, with a delivery fee of $5. Stocking your bar was never easier.

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