For all of you misplaced West Coast people like us, you probably miss the fun grocery shopping at Trader Joe's. There are now 2 Trader Joe's in Northern Illinois. One is in Lincolnshire (went there last weekend) and the other near O'Hare. Check their website (www.traderjoes.com) for maps. IT WAS FABULOUS!
For anyone who loves to eat, loves to cook, and loves the adventure of food (like all of you Chowhounds) this is a MUST! Not only do they have some really unusual things, but their prices are excellent. While we were there we met some other shoppers from Indiana (a 2 hour drive from there) and several from southern Illinois.