8 exceptional neighborhood markets in Chicago

By Nicole Bruce

Try as you might to scoop up all your grocery staples in one fell swoop at the closest supermarket, this quick quest can easily send you home disappointed. Luckily, Chicago is filled with friendly local grocers stocked with seasonal produce, high-end ingredients, craft beer, local goods, hard-to-find imported products, and even fresh flowers. When it comes time to stock up, check out some of the city's best neighborhood markets.

Garden Gourmet Market
Find everything you'll need to craft a delicious meal at the upscale neighborhood grocery store Garden Gourmet Market. The Noble Square spot features a substantial selection of vegan products like vegan cheese and yogurt, in addition to affordable in-season produce, local coffees like Dark Matter and Big Shoulders, kombucha (both on tap and bottled), regional brews, choice meats, and household items. It's the perfect place to grab fresh flowers, a bottle of wine, and a charcuterie platter on the way to your next summer soiree.
Neighborhood: Noble Square MAP

Gepperth's Market
Gepperth's Market is a friendly, family-owned Chicago meat market that's been offering their butchering expertise since 1906. The shop serves prime steaks, house-made sausage, and a variety of other meats, cheeses, made-from-scratch sides and soups, and cooking ingredients. The Lincoln Park butcher really hasn't changed much as the neighborhood's evolved over the years, making it a great old-school spot for high-quality service and meats, whether you're hunting for meat in bulk or cut to order.
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park MAP

Belli’s Juicebar and Local Foods Market
This offbeat juice bar and gourmet grocery shop works directly with urban food producers and farmers within the city to churn out raw, cold-pressed juices and stock their market section with fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats, cheeses, local preserves, cage-free eggs, and plenty of vegan-friendly snacks and treats. You'll also find kombucha and nitro coffee on tap, made-to-order acai bowls, soups, and salads, plus weekly juice cleanses and produce shares in baskets.
Neighborhood: Pilsen MAP

HarvesTime Foods
The Lincoln Square independent grocery store Harvestime Foods is known for its extensive selection of organic produce and locally sourced products, including eggs, honey, meat, cheese, fresh-baked bread and desserts, packaged health foods, and specialty ingredients from all over the world—all at reasonable prices. The store also sells household items like laundry detergent, soaps, and paper towels. Weekly price specials and friendly, knowledgeable staff regularly draw in locals prepping their meals for the week.
Neighborhood: Lincoln Square MAP

Andy's Fruit Ranch
In the heart of one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country, Albany Park, Andy's Fruit Ranch strives to provide the basics for any ethnic dish, in addition to hard-to-find produce. Head to this local grocer for fantastic prices on domestic and imported fruits and vegetables, international ingredients, deli meat and cheese, baked goods, and even good bottles of wine and craft beer. They have a particularly fine selection of Eastern European and Middle Eastern food.
Neighborhood: Albany Park MAP

Morse Fresh Market
Locally-owned neighborhood grocer Morse Fresh Market is the go-to place for hard-to-find specialty ingredients. If you're coming up empty-handed at a standard chain grocery store, try hitting up this community store, which focuses on products and produce for authentic ethnic dishes, including Caribbean, West African, and specialty Latin ingredients. You'll also find a wide selection of budget-friendly organic and gluten-free foods, meat and seafood, hot and made-to-order food like sandwiches, soups, and salads, and savory and sweet baked goods.
Neighborhood: Rogers Park MAP

Go Grocer
Go Grocer has expanded beyond its Wicker Park roots over the past few years to bring fresh, specialty items to many other Chicago communities. The boutique grocery stores focus on tasty food that's good for you with a wide selection of seasonal produce and health-focused groceries, including gluten-free, organic, all-natural, and vegan options, as well as ready-made sandwiches and house-made meals prepared fresh daily. With 150 types of craft beer (and over 200 varieties of wine), they're also one of the biggest independent craft beer vendors in the city.
Neighborhoods: Lakeview MAPRogers Park MAPSouth Loop MAPWicker Park MAP

Farmers Pride Produce
Conveniently located on Western Avenue, West Town's Farmers Pride Produce is a small neighborhood gem with an unassuming storefront. Inside you'll find a wide selection of seasonal organic produce, deli meats, cheeses, and dried fruit, and spices. The butcher always has fresh meat, and you can score a massive deli sandwich for cheap, too. A rotating selection of local coffee, wine, and craft beer keep customers coming back for more.
Neighborhood: West Town MAP

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