Whole Foods South Loop
If cooking shows and cookbook photography are food porn, then the largest Chicago outpost of this national chain might just be the grocery version of a sex club. Sporting everything from a smokehouse to a noodle shop to an in-house gelateria, this good-eats emporium will satisfy the most active of your culinary fantasies. Sure Whole Foods might sport the nickname “whole paycheck,” but it’s a relative bargain when compared to “whole inheritance” ultra-gourmet stores.
1101 South Canal
30 West Huron, (312)932-9600; 3300 North Ashland, (773)244-4200; 1000 West North, (312)587-0648; 1101 South Canal, (312)435-4600
Best of Chicago 2007