Bakery in chicago
Fox & Obel is indeed one of the very best places for bread in Chicago. It is our premier gourmet grocery store, and their bakery department was named by Bon Appetit magazine as one of the ten best bread bakeries in the country ( www.bonappetit.com/magazine/2011/01/top_10_bread_bakeries_in_america ). They do a wonderful rustic fruit-nut bread, excellent brioche, outstanding rich cinnamon swirl rolls, an excellent ciderhouse rye, and numerous other great items. www.fox-obel.com
Another excellent bakery is Floriole. Their offerings include difficult-to-find breads such as miche and caneles, as well as excellent croissants, and outstanding pastries and other desserts, including panna cotta, pot de creme, etc. www.floriole.com
D'Amato's, mentioned above, does an excellent whole wheat Italian bread.
There are also some good specialty bakeries, if there's something specific you're looking for. For example, if you enjoy Jewish breads, Kaufman's in Skokie does great bagels, an excellent caraway-studded Jewish rye, and challah, and Tel Aviv Bakery on Devon does good kosher breads, including great kichel.
I've heard you have good breads, including French and Jewish types, back home too... :)
Hope you have a wonderful visit - Montreal is such a treasure and I normally bring back a bag full of bread from your town when I visit.
Here, just opened and getting very good notice is the new bakery from Stephanie Izzard:
If you are here when Green City Market is open (indoors or out) there are several local bakers who sell at the market and also Nordic Creamery supplies superb butter.