Three Must-Visit Chicago Markets for Foodies

Three Must-Visit Chicago Markets for Foodies, Flickr: timnatlAs I’ve written before, the Windy City has plenty to offer discerning foodies (gastro pubs, happy hours, award-winning bakeries, oh, and pizza – of course!). Here are three must-visit markets where foodies will get their culinary fix and perhaps learn a thing or two as well.

Eataly is a high-end Italian food market comprised of a variety of retail stalls and restaurants. The first Eataly opened in Turin (Italy) in 2007, followed by Eataly New York in 2010. Now it’s Chicago’s turn! In this bustling marketplace, you’ll find products by local farmers, fishermen, butchers, bakers, and cheesemakers. Feast your eyes, ears, nose and taste buds on the best wine, fresh pasta, baked goods, cheeses, beauty products, chocolate, beer, oils, sauces, condiments, meat and seafood Chicago has to offer. Eataly also hosts seminars and classes with some of the biggest names in Italian cuisine (see their website for specific information).

Entering into its twelfth year, Green City Market provides Chicagoans with year-round opportunities to purchase local fresh produce, cheeses, baked goods, meats, gifts (the list goes on) at reasonable prices. Many area restaurants purchase their fare from Green City, and eat local industry leader Alice Waters called it "the best sustainable market in the country.” The Chicago Green City Market outdoor season runs on Saturdays from May through October, and it’s located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive. From January – April, Green City Market operates in the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum each Saturday.

The large array of (close to 30) Chicago French Market vendors offer fresh ingredients for indulging in culinary creations at home, delicious grab-and-go options (it’s a fun place to grab breakfast or pick up picnic supplies), as well as gift items. If that weren’t enough, Chicago French Market also hosts a variety of musical performances--including lunch hour concerts (select days from 11am-2pm)—as well as regular wine tastings and other special events (see their website for specific information). 

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