Chicago French Market

The Chicago French Market is a year-round, indor marketplace where you can shop from local artisans. Chicago French Market is located in the West Loop in the new MetraMarke development at 131 N. Clinton.
Plant lovers who like to eat plants should check out the market for some unsual fruits and veggies. There’s also a small food court where you can purchase some hot meals or sit and eat what you bought in the market. The biggest surprise at the Chicago French Market has to be the gourmet popcorn vendor that isn’t Garret. Isn’t it against some kind of law to sell popcorn in Chicago that isn’t Garret’s?  Here are some pictures I took on a visit this week. Not the best pics because I was taking them surreptitiously because some vendors didn’t seem to keen on the idea of their products being photographed. Considering that foodies are suppose to be bigger photo freaks than us garden bloggers I was a little surprised by this. 
Anyway, it is fun to walk through the stalls at the market and check out the meats, fish, breads, pastries and of course take in the free samples. ;0)


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  • Blanche DuBois: Are these grapes washed?
    Stella: Why, they're from the French Market!
    Blanche (petulantly): That doesn't mean they've been washed.

    She was afraid of dying from eating an unwashed grape.

    Don't know why that quote has always stuck with me, but I can't hear "French Market" without wondering if they wash their grapes.

    I'll go away now.

  • In reply to naxn:


    That's awesome. I was telling Monica a couple of stories (like yours only longer) about associations I make in my head when I hear the words "French Market."

    I walked around the market saying: 'Le cheese' on Wednesday.

  • In reply to naxn:

    Oh, this is a horrible thing to read (or see) going into the weekend. I want pastries now.

    Do they sell other things besides food and flowers? There are summer French Markets in the burbs and they have artisans as well.

    One last note, what is the "washing the grapes" dialog from? LOL

  • In reply to PrairieGarden:

    It is mostly food with one stall selling plants and flowers. The food ranges from everything imaginable. Popcorn to gourmet candies and lobsters, wines to juices. Pasta to cheeses.

    The dialog is from A Streetcar Named Desire.

  • In reply to PrairieGarden:

    It's from A Streetcar Named Desire

  • In reply to naxn:

    I'm glad you took photos because a certain someone else's feet were dragging so much that she completely forgot to take any. My fave is of those meringue cookies whose name won't come to me!

    While weird word associations abound in my brain, none come to mind for "French market."

  • In reply to gardenfaerie:

    Are you talking about the macaroons?

  • In reply to naxn:

    I'm sorry I missed you guys, although it's probably a good thing I missed the market. I would have wanted one of each of those pastries.

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    After the long walk we went on you would've been able to afford the calories once we got to this place. Ouch, my feet still hurt.

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