Kielbasa & other German & Eastern European Sausages, Chicago Area
Where do you get your polish & other sausages? Who has the greatest Kielbasa? I don't mean eat-in places, I mean places to get sausages for taking home to cook yourself.
In Indy I would go to Klaus's Sausages and Meats; in Chicago I welcome suggestions.
Paulina is within 10 miles of Mag Mile and really easy to get to off the Brown Line. You take the Brown line headed to Kimball and get off at Paulina. I believe it is less than two blocks north of the stop on Lincoln and Cornelia.
Another option would be Gene's Sausage Shop in Lincoln Square. Another easy jaunt on the Brown line (Kimball). Get off at Western and once you get out of the station, head towards the Square (go east through the open parking lot and then north on Lincoln). About a block or so. Lincoln Square is a really cute neighborhood to poke around in too.
Paulina Meat Market is great, although a bit expensive.
There are plenty of great sausage/butcher shops all over the Chicago area! Here are a few:
Kurowski's Sausage Shop Few English speaking patrons here, which ads to the character
2976 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618-7345
1120 W. Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
Alpine Food Shop Great subs and of course, great Italian Sausage and other meats.
7538 W. North Avenue
Elmwood Park, IL
Riviera Italian Food and Imports Great old school 60+ year old deli/butcher, very inexpensive!
3220 N. Harlem Ave
Chicago, IL 60634
Minelli's Meat & Deli Full Itailian Deli & Butcher, plus a few great ready made pastas/sauces from the owner's grandma.
7900 N. Milwaukee Avenue Located inside the mall
Niles, IL 60714
Gilmart's Food & Liquor / Full Polish deli and butcher shop, excellent stuff! Very inexpensive.
5050 S. Archer Avenue
Chicago, IL 60632
Try Bobaks or Celinas both on far southwest Archer Ave. Celinas also has two stores in Lemont.
Celinas is Polish and Lithuanian Bobaks is mostly all Eastern European and both smoke all their own sausage. Since I live in Lemont I prefer Celinas but both are equally excellent. Celinas uses Polish on their labels and I have learned to understand what I'm looking for. They all speak english and are very helpful.
Paulina Meat Market has quality meats but is very expensive. I recommend a very, very authentically Polish market with a great meat counter and tons of European imports. My wife is Polish and swears by its authenticity and quality.
5442 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
Tel: (773) 631-7304
Gene's is great, too. Gene's is more upscale.
I think it's your point of view: to some it is difficult if you don't speak Polish, to others it is an adventure, to make your purchases seem more authentic. I am in the latter category.
I have shopped at all the Andy's and Wally's. There was an Andy's at 3055 Milwaukee and another at 1737 Division. So if you are worried about the neighborhood of the one farthest north on Milwaukee, try one of these. I have shopped at all of them and do not know what the Yelpers are talking about.