Maybe I'm missing the culinary gene (actually, that's affirmative), because more often than not, cooking up a big dinner after a long day sounds downright taxing. Luckily, there are solutions, in the form of gourmet grocers withtable-ready hors d'ouevres and tasty pre-made feasts.
Groceries, lunch, dinner, wine, sweets=foodie playground. Overpriced produce, sushi & sammies a bummer. Free parking w/$20 purchase a bonus.
You haven't lived til you've scarfed a plate of bread pudding pancakes! The burger is amazing too, though. Whatever your meal, don't leave w/o a vanilla cupcake.
Love this spot for craft beer & wine, local artisan foods, a great cafe & of course, cheese! Staff is knowledgeable. Try the grilled cheese!
Love the pantry-stockers & vino selection. Sandwiches are overpriced & forgettable, but salads from the deli case are fab. Sit outside!
An impeccably curated selection of local (Pasta Puttana! Pleasant House!) an organic groceries with craft beers to boot. Just a feel-good spot.
This place simply oozes local charm. Sandwiches (esp shrimp salad), local beers, & gourmet groceries (perf for gifts) are the city's best.
You don't have to love French fare to dig this huge indoor market. Spots like Saigon Sisters, a juice bar, a frites vendor, and a pasta spot have a lunch treat for any craving.
Loop lunch go-to for fresh 'wiches (love "Blue Pig & Fig") & salads. Grab picnic supplies-think cheese & wine-b4 a show in Millennium Park.
Hard to find words to describe how great the sandwiches are here! Menu rotates, but try the meatball if possible. Great deli case for dinner, picnic,etc. Killer burgers on Tuesday nights.
Rotating selection of ultra-fresh grab & go entrees make dinner stress-free. Yummy sandwiches for lunch and delish brownies for...whenever!
Organic grocer/coffee shop duo. Booze selection teems w/ local stuff. Regular tastings & community events mean there's always reason to go.
A foodie's heyday filled w/ Euro groceries, liquor, and a deli. Grab a seat & a stein on the rooftop beer garden in summer- nothing's finer!