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Old 06-19-2006, 10:08 PM   #1
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Question Chicago Specialty Foods?

Another Chicago question. I told my husband that I would probably do some shopping while he was attending his conference. He assumed that I meant that I would hit the grocery stores. (When we go back to my home in Lancaster, PA & I "go shopping", it's mostly grocers & food places. I bring back a ton of food from that area that I can't get up here in New England.)

When I mentioned shopping in Chicago, I didn't have grocery stores in mind. But now he's got me thinking. Are there any specialty foods available in Chicago that you can't get anywhere else? Other than deep-dish pizza, which would be kinda hard to transport!

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Old 06-19-2006, 10:15 PM   #2
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Whole fried chicken and white toast??

(remember the Blues Brothers...? )
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Old 06-19-2006, 10:29 PM   #3
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Hhhmmm, I am trying to think. I lived away from Chicago for about 8 years and I know there were things I took back when I visited, but I cannot seem to remember what now. I do remember someone asking me to bring them back giardinara - but I think they sell that everywhere now.

Did you say you were staying downtown? What restaurants are you planning on checking out?
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No - we're staying at the Wyndham near the airport - the same hotel where the geek conference is taking place!
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Old 06-19-2006, 10:41 PM   #5
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Wyndham hotel near O'Hare airport? What city is it in, do you know? Rolling Meadows? Schaumburg?
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Old 06-19-2006, 11:04 PM   #6
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Whole fried chicken and white toast??

(remember the Blues Brothers...? )

That's two whole fried chickens and DRY white toast!
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That's two whole fried chickens and DRY white toast!
Mamma mia Andy you are worse than me!! (with a better memory )
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Old 06-20-2006, 08:15 AM   #8
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Corrine, looks like you are in Rosemont. There are not that many specialty stores around there. It also depends on what you like and what is it that you are looking for.

You are staying right smack in the center between the city and the burbs and are on the northwest side of the city.

A few places I like and all the knick knacky stores that go with it are as follows:

- China town (which is a hike from where you are)
- Long Grove with it's quaint downtown and chocolate shops (it's close to where I live so I try to get down there)
- Wilmette and Evanston with it's local little shops that sell home made sort of candies and other things like fabric
- Greek town - Galore with a lot of eateries and just nice for a stroll
- India town - I don't go there much but I am always amazed at the hustle and bustle there. A lot of color and noise if you like to experience it along with ethnic grocery sort of stores that you can get spices for cheap.

The suburb of Schaumburg is also very nice (next to Rosemont - maybe 15 mins) and you can find a lot of ethnic stores there.

A lot depends on whether you have a car while you are staying in Rosemont. If you have a car you can definitely check out Long Grove downtown (take 294 to get there) and also Evanston and Wilmette.
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frango mints??

chicago is famous for its meats and its dry cured sausages would travel well...an italian or polish grocer/butcher
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agreed robo.

try to find sausages and cured meats from abe frohman, the sausage king of chicago...
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