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I will be in Chicago for a week and was wondering if there are any wine shops to check out. Any where in the city will work and I enjoy Bordeaux and Burgundy.

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  1. I haven't been home since 2003, but I can say that I still do a lot of business online with Hart Davis Hart. No idea if they have a retail frontage or not though. I'll ask some of my buddies back home who they are using in the city. -mJ

    1. Sam's Wine is a huge retail store with a large selection of both Bordeaux and Burgundy. Randolph Wine Cellars is a small store, with well-chosen wines. Locals also frequently recommend Binny's, and I see that Binny's is buying Sam's. Although I'm from out-of-town, I've been to the first two wine shops and recommend them; haven't been to Binny's.

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      1. re: Niki in Dayton

        Sam's remaining two stores have been acquired by Binny's and reopened under the Binny's name. I don't know how well the inventory has been filled yet as the Sam's stores had very depleted inventories under the ownership of a private equity group.

        1. re: Eldon Kreider

          Thanks for the current info. I may just skip a visit to Sam's on my upcoming visit to Chicago. Any recommendations for wine shops in the NW suburbs?

          1. re: Niki in Dayton

            The Marcy Street store two weeks ago was fully stocked with good selections and had some nice sales.

            1. re: Vlajos

              Thanks!

            2. re: Niki in Dayton

              Binny's has 24 stores including several in northwestern suburbs. Binny's stores do vary in size and selection. For store list see: http://www.binnys.com/locations

              1. re: Eldon Kreider

                We were in Chicago this weekend, and went to the store on Marcy Street that used to be Sam's. I was happy with the selection, the prices, and the knowledgeable staff. I think the Italian selection, in particular, is lots better than before Binny's bought the store.

                1. re: Niki in Dayton

                  Good to hear you liked it!

        2. Lots of neighborhoods have cute little wine shops that you can check out, and that will get you out and about in the city. Check out Kafka in Lakeview for a fun place that has lots of value-priced options. And then head up to Andersonville for In Fine Spirits with a great selection and a wine bar next door.

          1. Highly recommend Binny's. Huge selections from the world over. Better on Bords than Burgs though.

            1. If you're in Roscoe Village try Lush, there's also a location on the southside I think.

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              1. I have been to most of the Chicago area wine shops and I still think that Wine Discount is the best. http://www.winediscountcenter.com

                1. The House of Glunz, 1202 North Wells (at Division) was established by a German immigrant wine merchant in 1888 and has been in business ever since. For website google "glunz wine chicago". Very close to downtown; take Red Line subway to Clark & Division then walk west two blocks to Wells.

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                  House of Glunz
                  1206 N Wells St, Chicago, IL