In a city full of top tables both timeless and trendy, and home to some of America’s – if not the world’s – greatest chefs, it’s no surprise that even the grocery markets around town are of a higher calibre. Forget pushing a trolley around the local supermarket for your next home-cooked meal; hip Chicago foodies are making a pilgrimage to Old Town’s newly opened Plum Market, a premium providore that’s boasting not only 27,000 sq ft worth of certified organic produce, wine and liquor, but also a wine bar, Swirlberry frozen yoghurt stand, on-site See’s Candies counter and Intelligentsia café, as well as personalised concierge service for shoppers.
Coming from founders Matt and Marc Jonna, the Chicago outpost of Plum Market is their fourth branch, and the first outside their home state of Michigan. For this discerning customer base, they’ve spruced up their offerings – try Zingerman’s for a selection of freshly made cream cheese and burrata; Crumb Bread for baker Anne Kostroski’s seasonally-inspired loaves; and Metropolis or Intelligentsia for the best locally-roasted beans. If it’s cocktail hour, don’t forget to stop by the Wine Bar for their weekly tastings and events – coming up on the 15th is master sommelier Jesse Becker’s curated Italian Wines tasting. What a plum!