Where To Source Local Foods Now – UPDATED for 2015!

January 21, 2015 at 11:02 am

During the colder months with fewer farmers markets to choose from, here are some ideas for locally produced products and foods and beverages. Below the list of stores are several other resources and organizations that provide tons of events and information in regard to urban agriculture and sustainable food in Chicago.  Don’t forget that you never need to leave the home for local food.  Just point your browser to Irv and Shelly’s Fresh Picks and the farm food will come to you.


These stores specialize in local foods (all stores in Chicago unless otherwise specified)

NEWEST!!Sugar Beet Coop – 812 W. Madison, Chicago

NEWFountainhead Market – 1966 W. Montrose

NEW - Local Foods – 1427 W. Willow

Carnivore – 1042 Pleasant, Oak Park

Baker Miller Bakery and Millhouse – 4610 N. Western

River Valley Farmer’s Table – 1820 W. Wilson

Cellar Door Provisions – 3025 W. Diversey

Belli’s Juice Bar – 1223 W. 18th

Bang Bang Pie Shop - 2051 N. California Ave.

Dark Matter Coffee Roaster and Star Lounge Coffee Bar - Western and Chicago

Dill Pickle Food Co-op – 3039 West Fullerton, Chicago

Floriole Cafe and Bakery - 1220 West Webster They started at the Green City Market and now years later are a bustling cafe. They source directly from a lot of local farmers, they bake breads, pastries and make really delicious salads, soups and pizzas on Fridays!

Green Grocer 1402 West Grand Ave in West Town

Katherine Anne Confections - 2745 W. Armitage She has flavors at her shop that you will not find at any of her market stands.

LUSH Wine & Spirits - 2232 W. Roscoe, 1257 S. Halsted, 1412 W. Chicago

Marion Street Cheese Market 100 South Marion St. Oak Park

Plum Market - 1233 N. Wells St.

Plenty Good Food Grocery and Deli - 2036 West Division – You can buy  Joe’s Frozen Organic blueberries grown in Michigan here.

Provenance Food & Wine - Lincoln Square 2312 W. Leland Ave . Lincoln Square locale wine tasting every Thur 6-8pm

Publican Quality Meats – 835 W. Fulton, Chicago

Sauce and Bread Kitchen - 6338-40 N. Clark, Chicago

Sharpening By Dave  - Green City Market and other locations throughout Chicagoland. If you want to eat local, you need to have sharp knives to prepare the produce!!  Let Dave know that you read about him in the Local Beet and you will get one dollar off each knife sharpened. 

Standard Market 333 West Ogden Ave. Westmont

Area resources for local food initiatives, workshop, classesAdvocates for Urban Agriculture ,Angelic Organics , Edible Evanston,  Illinois Stewardship Alliance , The Land ConnectionThe Peterson Garden Project , The Spence Farm FoundationThe Talking Farm , WeFarmAmerica