Chicago’s French Market is a paradise for Francophiles

French Market of Chicago

There’s just nothing like French cheese, bread, wine, charcuterie, patisserie…

but where can you find all of these in one place without going to France?

Look no further than the West Loop right here in Paris’s sister city! Chicago’s French market gathers dozens of vendors from throughout the city and suburbs into a proudly European-style venue that’s indoors and open year-round.

Discover French market

Step inside and feel like you’re in a bustling French marketplace, surrounded by piles of handcrafted artisan cheeses, stacks of smoked meats, and perfectly-baked loaves of fresh bread. Besides continental classics like quiche, crepes and sandwiches, there’s also French-influenced cuisine from Vietnam and Belgium, as well as other international foods.

If you’re just in the mood to snack, you can get free samples of at almost any vendor stall (including tiny tasting cups of olive oil). The French Market has shortened hours on Saturdays, and is closed on Sundays, so it’s best for a weekday lunch or some casual shopping any time of day.

Pick up some authentic French butter and crème fraiche in the refrigerated section to bring home – you’ll be glad you did. You can buy beer and wine to drink with your meal or to bring home and share (or not). And of course, save plenty of room for the amazing variety of patisserie: cakes, cookies, and whimsical confections that change according to the seasons.

No French market anywhere on earth would be complete without fresh flowers for sale, or artisanal soaps and perfumes. It’s a delight for all five senses! It may even help alleviate some of your homesickness for Paris.

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