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Chicago Wine Shops

redmeatfan Oct 26, 2009 01:36 PM

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. njfoodies RE: redmeatfan Oct 27, 2009 05:22 AM

    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. Niki in Dayton RE: redmeatfan Oct 28, 2009 08:24 AM

      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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        Eldon Kreider RE: Niki in Dayton Oct 28, 2009 03:42 PM

        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.

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          Niki in Dayton RE: Eldon Kreider Oct 29, 2009 06:07 AM

          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?

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            Vlajos RE: Niki in Dayton Oct 29, 2009 06:53 AM

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

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              Niki in Dayton RE: Vlajos Oct 29, 2009 07:30 AM


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              Eldon Kreider RE: Niki in Dayton Oct 29, 2009 07:48 PM

              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

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                Niki in Dayton RE: Eldon Kreider Nov 2, 2009 12:53 PM

                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.

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                  Vlajos RE: Niki in Dayton Nov 25, 2009 11:06 AM

                  Good to hear you liked it!

        2. Chargenda RE: redmeatfan Oct 28, 2009 09:29 AM

          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.

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            Vlajos RE: redmeatfan Oct 28, 2009 01:11 PM

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

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              brandygonsoulin RE: redmeatfan Oct 28, 2009 06:36 PM

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

              11860 S Cicero Ave, Alsip, IL 60803

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                gbersh RE: redmeatfan Nov 4, 2009 12:43 PM

                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

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                  Querencia RE: redmeatfan Nov 4, 2009 04:47 PM

                  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.

                  House of Glunz
                  1206 N Wells St, Chicago, IL

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