I'm a Red Hen detractor esp. the baguettes. They've never done it for me despite the raves. I do however enjoy Bennison's mentioned at the top. Unfortunately, I've found them hard to come by in the city outside of a limited presence at the farmer's markets(which are about done with anyway).
Like I said above, Bennison's baguettes are available at Pastoral on Broadway. They take delivery of a par-baked product from the bakery each day and finish them off in the shop.
Anyway, I'm with you on Red Hen's baguette.
It's an entirely underwhelming product.
2945 N. Broadway
Best place for any baked goods including baguettes are from Red Hen Bakery in Bucktown / Wicker Park and on Division in Lincoln Park. They are also at the Lincoln Park Farmers Market on Saturdays in the summer. I love the cinnamon scones too.