What are the Chicagoland foodie gems that are NOT restaurants? The shops and markets that are your "go to" sources for anything food/chef related when you're hunting down that special, unique ingredient, kitchen tool, cookbook, or even the place that offers great cooking classes as part of their business.
Mrs. Webhund has a week-long conference in Chicago in mid-April and I'm tagging along. My plan is to spend the days when she's in session visiting food-related shops and markets. What I'm looking for specifically are places like The Spice House, House of Glunz, and the like. I understand there's a cooking oil shop that opened next door to the Spice House in Old Town, so that's a good example of the types of places I'm searching for.
I'll have a car available to me, so don't hesitate to recommend your favorite places regardless of where it's at. FWIW, I grew up in the NW suburbs, so am familiar with the area generally (but it's been many years!). I'll have plenty of time on my hands, so even willing to head north to Milwaukee or over to Madison for a great foodie day-trip.
Help me fill up my lonely days!
House of Glunz
1206 N Wells St, Chicago, IL