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Chicago Cheese Shops

Hi- My husband and I own a cheese shop in San Diego and I'm on a biz trip in Chicago (staying out near O'Hare - will be relying on public transit). I'd like to check out area cheese shops while I'm here and would welcome your recommendations. Since I'll be taking the train, if you have any info on which stop to take and walking directions, that would help.


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  1. The Cheese Stands Alone on Western Ave.

    4547 N. Western Ave.

    Take the BROWN line to Western.

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    1. re: lbs

      Thanks for the info - actually, this is the one shop I already knew about and planned to visit but their hours are changed this week. Hoping to go there tomorrow after my meetings.

      Any others I should try to check out while I'm here?

    2. Sam's Wines and Spirits (1720 North Marcy Street) has an excellent cheese counter as well as speciality meats. Pick up a bottle of wine fom their massive selection while your at it. This is my second favorite place for cheese behind the aforementioned Cheese Stands Alone.

      Pastoral Cheese (2945 North Broadway) is a decent cheese shop. They carry some different brands.

      I also like the cheese counter at Fox and Obel but IMO it's not the best option.

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      1. re: cheapertrick

        again, thanks! I look forward to exploring these places

      2. When you arrive in Chicago - pick up the latest issue of Chicago Magazine which has a feature article about their favorite food and wine stores including cheese stores.

        1. Not sure if it is too late but don't forget Pastoral in Lakeview on Broadway near Wellington. It is a wonderful cheese shop.

          Also, it is worth checking out Fox and Obel. Though it is a larger market, the cheese shop is kind of it's own thing and I've always found the selection and knowledge to be wonderful.

          Oops...I did not read carefully and see someone else already mentioned these.

          1. I would also suggest the cheese counter at the Whole Foods at Peterson and Cicero (6020 N Cicero). Its a relatively new store and seems to take more time and attention to its cheese. Good selection of raw milk cheeses.

            1. The Binny's at Halsted/Clark/Wellington has a good selection, and their staff is wonderful. Jeff runs the counter, and always has something interesting and exciting that has just come in.
              They are near the Red line stop at Belmont (take Right out of station, Right onto Clark St).
              It is an easy walk to Pastoral Cheese as well, and a lovely neighborhood to prowl around in.

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              1. re: malone

                Since cheese counters are getting tossed in, Sam's is very good. 1720 North Marcey Street , a couple blocks off the North red line stop. Though I just had the most petulant counter service ever the other day - on about the third cheese he started to get cranky for the work he was doing, a couple co-workers kind of joined in to get him to calm down.

              2. Your best bet is to go to Sam's Wines (1720 N. Marcey) and Whole Foods (1000 W. North). They are within 100 yards of each other, and feature the best, and widest, selections in Chicago. Both also offer excellent service, jonk's experience not withstanding.The Cheese Stands Alone (4547 N. Western) is a nice little mom n' pop-type store with friendly service, but their selection can't touch the above two.

                1. Thanks everyone for all the great input!