Chicago is one of the greatest cities in the world for food, and that’s not just because of the plethora of restaurants. It’s also about the quality of the ingredients, from the freshest produce to the best baked bread. If you’re looking for some organic food items, Chicagoans have more than their choice of places to shop, from grocery stores and markets to community supported agriculture (CSA) farms. Here’s five of the best options in and around the city.
1402 W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
Originally opened in 2008, this Noble Square grocery shop makes shopping for organic produce (and locally sourced meat and bread) a breeze all year round. The intimate space is stocked full of seasonal wares, and often plenty of nutritious greens. The shop works with a variety of farmers in the Midwest to provide the variety of items that they do. As a full service shop, you can also get shelf stable items, like pasta, too. They also offer sustainably-raised meat shares, as well as produce shares — just stop in and pick up your box of goodies!
Amish & Healthy Foods
1025 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
For organic, fresh and hard-to-find foods, head to this West Town grocery store. With many of their items sourced from Amish farms in Indiana, you’ll be getting quality products with only the best ingredients. One of the most popular items that you’ll find here? Some of the best duck eggs in the city. Pair the quality products with reasonable prices, and this store is a must-stop for your organic grocery shopping.
Green City Market
South End of Lincoln Park
1817 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
With an outdoor market from May to October (and an indoor market in the colder months), Green City Market is one of the biggest farmer’s markets in the city. Peruse the many stalls on the south part of Lincoln Park, meet the farmers and artisans and choose from an immense variety of produce and locally made products — including cheese, soups and fresh pasta. As you shop, don’t be surprised to see some Chicago chefs, as many of the top restaurants shop here, too. The market is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Related: Best Farmers’ Markets Near Chicago
Door to Door Organics
To find out what Door to Door Organics can do for you, simply visit their website and put in your zip code to find out what products are available to you. The online business works with a variety of farmers and shops around the country, and they source organic wherever possible. Unlike other CSAs, it’s also quite customizable, as you can add in fruits and veggies as well as other grocery items you may need. Pick your delivery day, and just make sure you’re home when it’s set to arrive!
1547 Rockton Road
Caledonia, IL 61011
One of the oldest and biggest community supported agriculture (CSA) farms in the USA, Angelic Organics services all of Chicagoland with their fabulous farm shares. The farm meets and exceeds all organic standards, all while using biodynamic farming practices. The result? An amazing bounty of fresh and seasonal produce in every box that is available for pickup at 40 locations, or for home delivery. If you want your kids to see where their food comes from, visitors are also welcome in their U-Pick garden. They also have a fun and informative learning center.
Liz SanFilippo Hall is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not blogging about food, she’s working part-time at a culinary vacation company, The International Kitchen, based in the Windy City, as well as repping Younique cosmetics and skincare products. Some of her writing can be found at Examiner.com.