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Ethnic Groceries in Chicago

Querencia | Sep 2, 201810:06 AM     1

This is general information for the benefit of newcomers and visitors. One of the great joys of Chicago is our multi-ethnic food shopping, all of which is easily accessed on public transportation(and take your shopping cart as you are definitely going to be stocking up). Examples: 1) Vietnamese, Thai, all Asian: take Red Line to Argyle. Stores are on Argyle and around the corner on Broadway just south of Argyle. A big market is at the rear of a parking lot with iron gate and another is in the strip mall across Broadway from the big Uptown Post Office. 2) Eastern European imports by the hundreds in reasonably-priced supermarket setting: Shop & Save, South Archer at Linder (ring stop bell at Long). Take Orange Line to Midway then transfer to 62 Harlem bus, only another five minutes but not walkable due to airport access roads. 3) Indian/Pakistani: Devon Avenue (6400 North) walking west of Western for about six blocks. Take Red Line to Loyola and wait outside station for Devon 155 bus (only another 10 minutes but not a nice walk). Patel's is biggest market but there are many others. 4) Hispanic items are widely carried in Chicago (Shop & Save has a bunch) but Tony's Finer Foods is a local chain that specializes. See online for many locations. One lovely thing is that GOYA distributes ONLY to Tony's its limited line of frozen nectar concentrates (guava, soursop, tamarind)---try the guava with crushed ice and a little rum and you're instantly in the Caribbean. 5) Russian: Ann's, Chicago Avenue at Leavitt. Bakery, deli, dry groceries, big freezer case with fruit dumplings etc. 6) Korean and other Asian: Jong Boo, Kimball near Addison. A bit tricky to access due to highway overpasses; best to find website and map. Big cheerful market. 7) Caputo's, Harlem at Fullerton (take Fullerton bus to end of line and walk two blocks west): a trip to Italy in miniature. 8) Middle Eastern Bakery, Foster two doors west of Clark. Grocery, deli, and they bake their own pita and "spinach pies" with loyal following. Maybe others will add to this listing of international grocery stores.

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