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Downtown Trader Joe’s By End of Year

The end of 2006 cannot come fast enough for this home cook. According to two features in Sunday’s Sun-Times (here and here), the much-anticipated downtown Trader Joe’s will open by the end of the year on Ontario between Rush and Wabash. Heck, that’s not even as far as I walk to go to Whole Foods (or as I prefer to call them, Foods Prices As If They Were Filled With Gold). Not that I don’t do most of my shopping at my local Jewel, but sometimes you just want to splurge on something decadent and unusual without having to pay a Whole Foods or, God forbid, Fox & Obel fortune (although for a Queijo da Serra fix or a schmaltz emergency F&O has been very good to me).

So soon, no more dragging out the passport for a CTA run up into the hinterland (read that as Clybourn and Armitage) for a bottle of three-buck Chuck or a box of Trader Ming’s pot stickers. This will be one Trader Joe’s definitely made for walking. Now if only the Korean Chicago Food Corporation would open a kimchi- and pork-belly-carrying outlet down here, I’d be all set.

(Follow this link for a nifty Sun-Times pop-up map listing all existing, planned, and eminently walkable downtown groceries.)

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3 replies

  1. Agh….try living out in the middle of no where and you will soon love to fork over your dough to Whole Foods and Fox and Obel. I travel about once a month to stock up at Trader Joe’s. Hopefully they will have a good selection for you. I have visited about 4 different locations in the Chicagoland area and I must say what you will find at one you won’t find at another. The two buck chuck is standard fare but don’t count on finding everything at every one. I couldn’t find my teriyaki bbq chicken one time and I must say it made me cranky!

  2. Hi, linked to this site looking for trader joe’s locations. I used to work at a whole foods and we called it whole paycheck. I also worked in another grocery store back home (st. louis) and we had not-so-nice-names for ALL the stores

  3. Hello,
    I saw that last time I was walking to Whole Foods.
    I am looking forward to this opening too.
    I was wondering when they would open, now I’m fixed.
    Thanks !

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