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Something to do in Chicago Nov 29

You can visit relatives for Thanksgiving, of course, but you can’t eat turkey all the time. If you’ve never been to the windy city, you’ll find plenty of things to do. The secret to really visiting a place is to ferret out the out-of-the-way places that the locals know about but the tourists miss.

One such place in Chicago is a grocery store. I suppose every big city has its really interesting grocery store, and Chicago’s is the Fox and Obel food market. They wouldn’t let me take a picture of the interior, but here’s a rendering of the outside on their web site:

One of three entrances

One of three entrances

Proximity to places like this is a good reason to live in a big city. They have a small restaurant/ neighborhood hangout (breakfast, lunch, and supper); they do catering; and their inventory is the most scrumptious selection of cheeses, meats, fresh produce, candy, and exotic goodies you won’t find anywhere else. French foot-long marshmallows, tea in pyramidal tulle (I think it’s tulle) bags, cheeses with unpronounceable names, grass-fed organic beef aged on site, $175 vinegar (no lie—it’s so old that half has evaporated though the wax seal), not to mention ready-made foods fit for a gourmet, and fresh baked goods from the kitchen, said kitchen visible through large glass windows. And the people behind the counters are experts, eager to talk about their products, and generous with the samples. Worth the trip just to shop there.

Do you have a favorite grocer? Tell us about it in the comments.

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