Whole Foods Teases the West Loop

The following is true: “Whole Foods has opened in the West Loop.”  But that’s not the Whole story. Instead of building a full store, the granola grocer has opened a single refrigerated case with a cash register in the lobby of 550 West Washington. Don’t get too excited.  There are no Peanut Butter Bumpers, or bulk bulgar.  It’s just sammitches and lunch-time edibles. While new choices are always welcome,...

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Slice of Life: Living Off The Land

A group of people sift through the leaves underneath a tree in a Chicago public park.  There are probably lots of things you can eat in the city’s parks.  In New York, the city actually had tours that show you all the edible things in Central Park.  I don’t know if there’s a similar tour available in Chicago. I also don’t know what kind of nuts or fruits or berries they were gathering.  They...

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Gaylord Finally Opens

It’s been one of the longest restaurant sagas we’ve seen in a while.  A year ago the Gaylord Indian restaurant moved to Walton Street from Clark Street, but only opened two weeks ago. Gaylord got very good reviews at its old location, and something in the back of my mind tells me that the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Vettel called it the best Indian food in Chicago; but I might be imagining that. Either way, it picked...

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Metra Market Moving Forward

It’s been decades since this was first proposed, but finally some dirt is turning with the Metra Market project. This will take that bricked-up arcade beneath the Metra rail tracks north of the Ogilvie Transportation Center and turn it into a shopping and restaurant plaza.  Similar projects have been successful from Paris to Evanston, and with the recent spike in residential density in the West Loop it looks like this might...

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