Last Saturday we spent the day in Northbrook and made a stop at Trader Joes. We've been there before so this was not a slow explore stop. (Although I keep finding things.) Trader Joes is not a full service supermarket. There produce department oleaves a lot to be desired. Very small and very poor selection. However what they do have is a mini version of many things from Whole Foods and a lot less money. One of the things I really like is their frozen fish. Fish is great if you can buy it and cook it which most nights I can't. Since Chicago is not on a seacoast most fish comes from some distance and either has been frozen or defrosted or lost something in transport. Good frozen fish is frozen on the boats and kept and shipped frozen. Trader Joes has salmon for $4.99 a pound. There is a wide selection including coho, sockeye and atlantic giving us a chance to try different types. I picked up a package of ahi tune for about $2.75 for two pieces. Its the only place I can buy raw shrimp frozen with the shell for $6.99 and 10-20 scallops for $8.99. Cashews were half the price per pound of the bulk at whole foods. Cereals are one to two dollars cheaper. They have a great pizza dough for 79cents. Loads of snack food such as pirates booty and wasabi soy nuts at good prices. I found their breads to be good and especially like there whole wheat raisin nut bread. Another suprise is they have cardboard cans of 28 oz of coffee for $7.49. We especially like the house blend.
There are no Trader Joes at this time in Chicago. For those of you in the western suburbs there is one in Downers Grove. Also in Glenview and Lake Zurich if your traveling.