Whole Foods Market on April 27 opened its newest store in Chicago, taking design inspiration from the historic homes, storefronts and gourmet restaurants of the nearby River North and Gold Coast neighborhoods, with elements such as elegant arches, recycled handmade tiles and glazed brick, it said.
The new store, located at 3 W. Chicago Ave. in the new One Chicago high-rise, comes in at 65,956 square feet and serves as a relocation of an existing Whole Foods store at 30 W. Huron St. in Chicago. Its assortment emphasizes local products from Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana, overseen by Julie Blubaugh, local forager for Whole Foods’ Midwest region. Click through for an inside look at the store and its features.
The bakery offers everyday favorites such as Whole Foods’ Berry Chantilly Cake, made-from-scratch bread and packaged cookies, croissants and scones. The department also has a variety of special diet items, including vegan and/or gluten-free cakes, cookies and desserts. Many bakery offerings are supplied locally, including bread from La Fournette, cheesecakes from KimmyKakes and vegan cookies from Hilary’s Cookies.
The specialty department celebrates cheesemakers, artisanal producers and specialty foods. The department features a selection of cheeses overseen by an in-store American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional and a seasoned team of cheesemongers ready to help with cheese selection, pairings and building custom boards for any occasion. Local offerings include burrata from BelGioioso, mozzarella perline from Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese and pesto from Gotham Greens’ Chicago farm.
The store’s produce and floral department features an array of organic, conventional and Sourced for Good local choices, including tomatoes from MightyVine, basil from Gotham Greens’ Chicago farm and sprouts from Chicago Indoor Garden. Created by Whole Foods, Sourced for Good is designed to help support workers, communities and environmental stewardship where the retailer’s products are sourced. Whole Foods collaborates with farms, suppliers and international third-party certifiers—Fair Trade USA, Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade America, Fair Food Program and Equitable Food Initiative—to help provide improved wages, healthcare, student scholarships and more.
A full-service meat counter, with butchers available to cut steaks to order or debone poultry, offers dry-aged beef, made-in-house sausage, prime beef and more. Local options include chicken sausages from Amylu, chicken from Pine Manor Farms and sausages from Gilbert’s Craft Sausages.
A full-service seafood counter features fresh oysters, wild-caught fresh halibut and sustainably sourced tuna. Local options include rainbow trout and seafood-based spreads from Rushing Waters Fisheries. All offerings are either sustainable wild-caught or Responsibly Farmed, Whole Foods notes.
The store also features an assortment of beauty and wellness products, including an expanded skincare section and bulk soap selection. Local products include candles from Bright Endeavors, bath bombs from Humble Botanics as well as aluminum and paraben-free deodorant from American Provenance. (See also, Whole Foods Reveals Its Top Beauty Trends for 2022.)