Eating while shopping in Chicago
I am going to be visiting Chicago for the first time and have reservations at some really great restaurants (Alinea, Blackbird). I'm going to be shopping during the day in the North Side, Magnificent Mile and Wicker Park areas of Chicago. Can anyone recommend some great bakeries/sandwich shops/gourmet grocers where I can pick up great coffee, baked goods and sandwiches? Fox&Obels is on my list...
The North Side covers a lot of territory! You might want to be more specific.
My three favorite bakeries in the city are Fox & Obel, Floriole, and Vanille Patisserie. Vanille's main location on Clybourn in Lincoln Park is a five-minute walk (four blocks) from Floriole, so it's easy to hit them both in one stop.
Vanille and Floriole are strictly bakeries. Fox & Obel is a complete gourmet food store, and they have sandwiches and other prepared foods in addition to their bakery department.
For coffee, Intelligentsia, our premier home-town roaster, has a coffeebar on the North Side at 3123 N. Broadway in Lakeview, as well as on Randolph in the Loop. Metropolis is another excellent local roaster and has a cafe on Granville in Edgewater. Lots of coffeehouses here use coffee from Intelligentsia and from Metropolis (including Wormhole). For coffee recommendations close to the Mag Mile, see this topic:
Good Coffee in River North? - www.chow.com/topics/815419