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Mar 9, 2009 05:10 PM

Amazing market on Randolph St near Halsted?

I'm visiting Chicago and I'm told there is a wonderful market on Randolph St near Halsted where all the good restaurants go for fish, meat, vegetables, etc. Does anyone know the name and address of this wonderful market?

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  1. It's not a single market or shop. That stretch of Randolph Street, generally referred to as "Randolph Street Market", has consisted of a whole lot of different shops specializing in selling produce and other foodstuffs, primarily to restaurants etc, one shop after another after another. I remember going there quite a few years ago, early in the morning, to buy items (I'm not in the business; they sold to the general public as well). However, that area has been developing in recent years, and ironically, restaurants have been going in and taking the place of some of those shops. I really don't know to what extent the shops are still operating; now, I'm usually going to that area to eat at restaurants in the evening.

    1. Isaacson and Stein is good for fish. Peoria Meat Packing for meat. Northwestern Cutlery for equipment and knife sharpening.

      There are a lot of other places along Randolf and Lake Street. Not all are open to the public, though.

      1. Check out Graziano's for Italian imports as well as bulk spices:

        J.P. Graziano
        901-905 Randolph Street
        Chicago, Illinois 60607
        Monday-friday: 7:30 - 3:30
        Saturday: 8:00 - 12:00