Plumb Crazy Over Plum Market In Old Town

The new Plum Market opened a few weeks ago in Old Town and I was finally able to visit the store this week. Now I can’t stop talking about it and can’t wait to go back. Just north of Division on Wells Street, the store has an Intelligensia Cafe and Swirlberry on the street side as well as WineBar. I had the opportunity to get a tour from Jonathan Self, who manages the Concierge service at Plum Market. He can tell you a lot about food and nutrition and everything in the store.
Plum Market is like a farmer’s market loaded with natural, organic, local and specialty groceries. And there is regular stuff in there too – so if you want a Diet Coke with your organic salad you can get it.
First of all, the presentation of everything from vegetables, to chocolates (yes, you will find a lot of sweets) to hot foods is beautiful. Additionally, the staff is extremely helpful and friendly. I could spend all day at Plum Market just looking and learning about different brands, many of which are local. They even have labels displaying how many miles the product traveled to get there. Plum Market started in Michigan, with stores in Ann Arbor, Bloomfield and West Bloomfield. Now we are lucky to have one in Chicago!

Concierge Jonathan Self told me about the many flavored natural honeys at Plum Market.

Fresh squeezed Juice: Johnathan told me the separation is a natural thing!

Local candies and others make excellent gifts.

A See’s Candies service bar is inside Plum Market.

Easily pick up wine that is hand picked by Master Somiler Madeleine Triffon!

Plum Market buyers are testing wines they will put on the shelves.

Fish Selection At Plum Market

Niman Ranch sustainable meats

A fantastic Apothecary Shop!

Tabo Sushi by Takashi

The Bravo Top Chef Masters “Fan Favorite” Chef Takashi Yagihashi was at the store!

Fresh Cheeses

Impeccable Salad Bar at Plum Market. I sampled the salads and they are delicious!

To die for and must try pizza by the slice! You can order your own full size and pick it up after you shop.

Zingerman’s bread and baked goods are at Plum Market

Pick a bouquet or build your own!

WineBar is open at 4pm daily!

Visit Plum Market  |  
1233 North Wells, Chicago IL 60610
  |   312.229.1400

Store Hours 8am – 10pm Everyday
Intelligentsia Hours 6:30am – 7pm Mon — Fri, 7am – 8pm Sat, 7am – 7pm Sun
Swirlberry Hours 11am – 10pm
Concierge service is available for call-ahead orders, custom shopping lists, any other personal shopping needs including home delivery. Call 312-2291400 and ask for Concierge or email [email protected]
– Carol Calacci
Photos: Second City Style

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