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Store Wed Aug 19 2009

French Market Hits the Loop

MetraMarket, that shopping arcade space connected to the Northwestern Ogilvie Metra station that's been pretty desolate for a long time, will become a French Market.

If you live in East Lakeview, you may be familiar with the French Market that's held on Saturday mornings throughout the summer in the Nettelhorst school lot. It's a small mix of vendors that sell goods such as fruits and vegetables, bread, flowers, specialty foods, cheeses, and even art and jewelry. Bensidoun, the French company who runs this market, is also managing the one at MetraMarket.

The new French Market will be 15,000 square feet and hold 25 small shops that will sell all sorts of fresh produce, meats, breads, and prepared foods. The list of vendors is pretty impressive and includes Pastoral, the artisanal cheese purveyor; Vanille Patisserie, Chicago Organics, who will sell organic produce, meat, and dairy; Completely Nuts; the South Loop's Canady Le Chocolatier; and west suburban Albano's Deli.

I'm a big fan of the Nettelhorst French Market, so I'm pretty excited about this one, especially since it'll be open six days a week.

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MK / August 20, 2009 5:10 AM

There is no such place as the "Northwestern Metra Station" and there hasn't been since the early 1990s. You are referring to the Ogilvie train station.

Liz Barrett / August 20, 2009 12:03 PM

Exciting news! I frequent the French Market regularly at Nettlehorst and work downtown, so will double my French Market fun! Love the expanded # of vendors, too!

Jill / August 22, 2009 12:28 PM

Old habits (and names) die hard. I regret the error and have corrected it.

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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...
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