Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
 Thank you for your readership and contributions. 


Friday, August 12

Gapers Block

Gapers Block on Facebook Gapers Block on Flickr Gapers Block on Twitter The Gapers Block Tumblr

« Keep Your Greens Green Graham Bowles does Ratatouille for the movie cast »

Business Sun Jun 24 2007

Oak Park Cheese

Marion Street Cheese Market On a recent trip to Oak Park, I found the Marion Street Cheese Market, tucked into a corner behind the vast construction site that is Marion Street right now. The shop is small but chock full of wine, fondue pots, gourmet condiments, and dairy products, of course. The staff was eager to help, offering samples and plentiful advice on putting together a cheese plate for a small dinner party. They even had an open bottle of wine on hand to sip while tasting the cheese.

Cheese from Marion Street Cheese Market I bought a slice of Roquefort, a wedge of goat cheese called Krotovina (made by at Prairie Fruits Farm by a couple of scientists from the University of Illinois), and a chunk of sharp, white cheddar. All three were delicious and quite different from one another. Stop in for a taste when you're in the area; you won't be disappointed.

GB store

Alissa / June 25, 2007 9:26 AM

I can't say enough good things about Marion St. Cheese Market. My husband and I have made weekly trips since we moved to Oak Park two years ago, and Eric Larson and his staff have been fantastically helpful and friendly. It's also a great place to get under-the-radar wines and yummy antipasti. They'll be moving to a huge space this fall and (I think) will have table service for small plates. It's great to see such a high-quality local business succeed.

GB store

Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
Read this feature »

GB store



Drive-Thru on Flickr

Join the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

About Drive-Thru

Drive-Thru is the food and drink section of Gapers Block, covering the city's vibrant dining, drinking and cooking scene. More...
Please see our submission guidelines.

Editor: Robyn Nisi,
Drive-Thru staff inbox:



 Subscribe in a reader.

GB store

GB Store

GB Buttons $1.50

GB T-Shirt $12

I ✶ Chi T-Shirts $15