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I usually go to the Binny's (formerly Sam's) in Lincoln Park, but traffic is always an issue. Anywhere else in Chicago-land that has a similar selection and price point? Dare I hope there might be somewhere even better? I'm primarily looking for sparkling and European wines. Thanks in advance!

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  1. This recent discussion has a bunch of good recommendations:

    Wine Shop with great selection of French Bordeaux wines... - www.chow.com/topics/798345

    1. There is a Binny's on Clark Street in Lakeview that has a good selectoin and parking on site. I haven't been in a while but Binny's seem to be pretty consistent.

      http://www.binnys.com/locations

      Now a days, I usually go Fine Wine Brokers in Lincoln Square. Locally owned and the people working there are smart about wine and not pushy when you ask for help (i.e., don't shove the $40 wine on you when you ask for a $10 or $15 bottle). Obviously not as large as Binny's but a really good and solid collection of European wines.

      http://www.fwbchicago.com/fwb/

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      1. re: lbs

        I love Wine Discount Centers. Their selection is not as great as Binny's the but wines tend to be very fairly priced and very good quality. Here is their web site. Note that they have a location in Chicago on Elston. http://winediscountcenter.com/

      2. Thanks, folks, appreciate all the leads. If anyone knows of a place with as good or better than Binny's selection of sparkling wines, I'm particularly interested in that. I plan to pick up a couple of cases of sparkling for a celebration at the end of this year.

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        1. re: Niki in Dayton

          Take a look at Howard's Wine Cellar in Lakeview. It's very small, but seems to focus on old world styles. The owner is very helpful and might even be able to help you out with ordering whatever he doesn't have in stock.

        2. If you don't mind ordering on line, D & M has a very good selection of champagne.

          http://www.dandm.com/champagne.php

          1. I always like Red & White. Smaller shop, but the owners know their stuff. Talking with them and telling them the types of wines you like, they can usually offer some unique wines.

            1. Thanks, folks. I appreciate all of the recommendations. Agree that smaller wine shops frequently provide better customer service than do larger places, but I'm really not looking for advice on which wines to buy. I'm primarily concerned with the selection available, the price, and lastly traffic and parking. At this point, it appears another trip to the Binny's in Lincoln Park is on the agenda ;-)

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              1. re: Niki in Dayton

                If you're planning to pick up a couple of cases, Binny's does deliver. I'm assuming by your name that you're from Dayton? They do deliver to certain areas of the country... it depends on the laws in the individual states though. I agree that Binny's in Lincoln Park has the best selection and great customer service! Another plus is they have convenient (and free) parking.

                1. re: wineaux

                  Thanks; I may ask about delivery but since we'll be in Chicago anyway, we'll just deal with the traffic and visit the store. I had hoped, in vain it seems, there was somewhere else in Chicago with the kind of selection and prices Binny's has, but less traffic. I'll just look at it as an opportunity to eat downtown when we visit the store :-)

                2. re: Niki in Dayton

                  There's a Binny's in South loop near Roosevelt. But for the L. Park location, take Elston to Cortland and turn south on Marcey street and you'll miss all that North Avenue mess.

                  You might also try House of Glunz on N. Avenue. They don't have the selection of Binny's but a very interesting selection and those guys REALLY know wine. They could hook you up with something really unique. A family business for more that 100 years. If you can find a parking space...

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                  House of Glunz
                  1206 N Wells St, Chicago, IL

                3. Binny's does have 26 locations, and some of the suburban stores are bigger than you'd expect.
                  If the Binny's in Lincoln Park is a hassle for you, you might try one of the stores that's closer to the area in which you'll be based during your trip.
                  http://www.binnys.com/locations

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                  1. re: camusman

                    Do any of the suburban stores have as large a selection of sparkling wines?

                  2. The larger ones are very close to the selection of Lincoln Park and likely good enough for your purposes. Which area would be most convenient for you? North Suburban? West Suburban?

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                    1. re: camusman

                      Actually, we just returned from Chicago and we went to the Lincoln Park Binnys again, then had lunch at the Purple Pig. On the way from Wheeling to Niles IL yesterday (to pick up sausages from Minelli's to bring back), we passed a large Binny's on N. Milwaukee. Not sure which 'burb we were in, but the store looked almost as big as the Lincoln Park store so we'll try that one next time.

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                      Purple Pig
                      500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

                      1. re: Niki in Dayton

                        There's also a pretty large Binny's just off the Edens at Lake Cook Rd. in Highland Park. No idea about how the sparkling wine selection compares to other stores.

                    2. If your in the Lakeview/Boystown area I would recommend Kafka. Good selection, affordable pricing and a helpful staff. /www.kafkawine.com