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Whole Foods Market - South Loop
$$ - reasonable
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1101 S Canal St
phone: (312) 435-4600
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is one of the three newer WFM in the city, the others are in Lakeview on Halsted, and another one in Sauganash.
I've been to this location exactly once, and didn't really see much more here than most WFM stores. The best one in the city is on Kingsbury, with the deepest selection and beer bar. The south loop location is good for convenience if you find yourself in the area. Beer was in the far back left corner if you enter from the parking garage, up the escalator. There is another pedestrian entrance on Canal into the shopping center, and it's much closer to the beer coolers, once you get past the "wine desk" area (yes they have a wine sommelier desk).
Selection was pretty typical stuff, sometimes they have sales but not more than a couple bucks of specific items. Everything was pretty well organized. The other review has listed the brands, so I won't get into that. On a saturday afternoon there was no staff in the vicinity of the beer cooler. You might get lucky if you catch someone stocking during the week to ask questions. Most of the beer is in a long cooler on the wall, with a few floor displays around. I wouldn't come here specifically for the beer, but what they have is a good selection.
Edit: This pales in comparison to the new Lincoln Park store, have to adjust scores based on better quality/service/selection at the LP store, and most other WFM locations around the city.
12-04-2008 22:50:11 |
More by emerge077
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I have visited this Whole Foods a few times over the past six months.
First of all, this place is easy to find and get to - its just about 2 blocks off of the Dan Ryan. It also has its own (free) parking garage, so there's no worries there.
Upon entering you realize that this is more of a high-end grocery store than a beer store, but everything they have is of the highest quality (including the beers). Along with buying beers here, its a great place for meats, artisan cheeses, and gourmet sandwiches.
The beer section in this particular store is way in the back, and consists of open space that is equivalent to a couple aisles, featuring stacks and large displays of warm six and twelve packs. There are about 8-10 coolers along the wall next to this area with cold sixers, bombers, and corked/caged bottles.
The beers are about an even split between US craft breweries and high end imports. I have scored great deals on regional 6 & 12 packs from Great Lakes, Summit, FFF, New Holland, Founders, Bell's, Goose Island, etc., as well as stuff from Alagash, DFH, Sierra Nevada, Great Divide, New Belgium, etc. The import area always has a great selection of Belgian ales such as Chouffe, Chimay, Kasteel, Westmalle, Duvel, Orval, Piraat, Gulden Draak... There is also a respectable number of German and British offerings.
As far as the beer goes, there is nothing too rare in this store, but its great quality stuff at fair prices. Since it is only a block or so from the new Binny's South Loop location, it makes sense to hit both in one trip!
12-04-2008 22:33:02 |
More by spointon
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My girl and I went grocery shopping here during a recent trip to Chicago so I decided to grab some beer while we were at it. Atmosphere is just like any other Whole Foods in that it's much nicer and more sophisticated than your average food retailer. Considering this place is not a full-blown liquor store, the beer selection is very impressive and most of it is refrigerated. Love the "Microbrews" signage and style descriptions above the cooler. Brands on my visit included Goose Island, Great Lakes, Bell's, Unibroue, St. Peter's, Victory, Dogfish Head, Anchor, Great Divide, Brooklyn, Stone, Rogue, Duvel, Lagunitas, and Sierra Nevada. I bought a 6-pack of New Belgium Ranger IPA to quaff at our hotel room. Although I was disappointed that I couldn't find any glassware, I will still return to this store when I find myself back in Chicago, since it's a convenient stop for beer and groceries.
09-12-2011 22:11:45 |
More by cratez
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Disclaimer: WFM shareholder.
Stopped in here today on the way from ORD to NW Indiana (11 Jun 2011).
Easy to get to from 90/94, only about three blocks off the highway. Parking garage is easy to locate and navigate.
Beer and wine is towards the back, counterclockwise as you enter past the produce. Selection is good but somewhat limited. A fair amount of locals, including Half Acre (I got the last 4 pack, the beer guy said it sells out almost as soon as they get it), Great Lakes, Metropolitan, Floyds, Goose Island, and Two Brothers. Also a fair amount of Belgian and other European imports. Shiner and Southern Star were available too.
Compared to the Austin location, I didn't feel like a leper because of my lack of body art/piercings.
06-13-2011 05:12:37 |
More by htomsirveaux
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This Whole Foods is near and dear to me as it's where I grocery shop almost every week. As many times as I have tried switching and going to the cheaper grocery stores (Jewel, Dominick's, to name a few), I keep coming back to this one. Its easily accessible and has high quality food, great beer, cheese and snack pairings. The place is always clean and makes the grocery shopping experience an enjoyable journey rather than a chore.
Besides the food selection, the beer selection is very good for its size. The beer area is all the way in the back of the store, near the cheese section, and offers a nice variety of craft and import beers. Sometimes when my wife and I wind up in the beer aisle, a friendly and somewhat knowledgeable floor rep has advised us to try a new beer or tipped us to when the shipments come in so we can pick up FFF or Great Divide. These usually go pretty quick.
The selection is also big enough to try something new every week and they never have all the same beers. There is something new every time I show up. I recommend this place to anyone who can't tolerate the new Lincoln Park Whole Food Market congestion and wants a nice alternative or who lives in the area. Even though the newer store is very nice.
11-20-2010 02:59:11 |
More by ferrari29
Whole Foods Market - South Loop in Chicago, IL