Working here at GrubHub.com, food is usually on my mind from the moment I walk in the door until the moment I leave the office. So when lunch time rolls around, my cravings are on roids. From the local mom-and-pop eateries dotted along North Ave. and Halsted, to the endless selection of restaurants on our site that deliver to our office, finding something good to eat is rarely a problem.
So you can imagine my excitement when I found out that the Whole Foods in the neighborhood was moving closer to our office for their massive expansion. While they aren’t a restaurant that delivers on our site, for any foodie or chef, Whole Foods’ amazing selection of fresh organic produce and products are pretty close to going straight to the farms yourself.
Whole Foods opened its 75,000-square-foot store on May 20. The much-anticipated supermarket is located at Kingsbury St. and Sheffield Ave., and is the third largest Whole Foods in the world — second in the nation.
From the colorful rows of the fruits and vegetables to the amazing smells emanating from the food venues, the interior of the store has the look and feel of a European open-air market. The space is more intimate then any supermarket I’ve shopped in. The “food court” area features restaurant-quality prepared foods; paying homage to Chicago’s distinct neighborhoods.
Highlights include six food venues, with two being full-service sit down venues, featuring a variety of Chicago neighborhood favorites:
• Wicker Park Sub Shop: Made-to-order sub-style sandwiches
• Taylor Street Italian: You choose it fresh pasta with gourmet sauces; thin and pan-style pizza
• Chicago Firehouse: Smoked meats and rotisserie chicken
• Asian Bar: Made-to-order sushi, stir-fry and noodle bowls
• River View Diner: the best diner grub this city has experienced
• Pilsen Taqueria: Tacos, burritos, gordita sandwiches, plus horchata and elotes
• A coffee and beer bar that features local brews on tap
• A sit-down seafood chowder bar
• Up to 20 unique flavors of gourmet, bistro-style gelato and sorbet – made in-house
• A Napa wine machine, allowing customers to taste a one-ounce pour of up to 8 varieties of wine
While I could probably spend every day eating lunch at the new Whole Foods, I still like to keep my palate well diverse with all the other great flavors and foods offered in the Lincoln Park area. But if you’re in the neighborhood, I’d highly recommend stopping by this amazing supermarket and experience it for yourself!