Slice of Life: Vegetable Alley

This is one of my favorite signs of Spring: Amidei Mercatino getting set up for the season.

Amidei Mercatino is an outdoor fruit and vegetable stand tucked into an alley in downtown Lake Forest.  This is a fantastic use for an alley.  It’s remarkable that this business is able to survive in this location that is relatively low-traffic compared with much of the rest of Chicagoland.

If it can work in Lake Forest, imagine vegetable alleys in places like Lakeview, the Loop, Wrigleyville, and Lincoln Park.  With a little support from the city, it might even be a way to address the food desert problem in some of Chicago’s neighborhoods.


Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003. He has degrees in journalism and communication, and spent 20 years as a professional broadcaster as a reporter, anchor, producer, and news director. He can be reached at

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