Even if you weren’t trying to avoid grocery stores right now, you’d be hard-pressed to find any that carry DIY kalbi with banchan, bags of flour made from house-milled grain, or high-quality pizza dough with fresh mozzarella. That’s part of what makes the spots on this guide so special. Restaurants all over the city have started offering meal kits and kitchen essentials for delivery or pick-up to help stock your fridge. Not only will you get delicious food, but you’ll also be helping to support local restaurants when they need you most.
We couldn’t be happier that Daisies is back, offering delivery and curbside pickup. You can get prepared dishes like lemon ricotta ravioli, pasta meal kits, and various grocery items, including fresh produce.
Bang Bang is now offering breakfast meal kits for carryout, along with take-and-bake items and some pantry staples. Everything must be pre-ordered, and everything will be delicious.
This kind-of-divey bar in River North has fantastic food. So, we’re delighted that it’s offering carryout and delivery, along with meal kits (like a DIY burger and par-baked fries) and pantry items.
Little Goat is offering pantry items (they’re calling them “goat-ceries”) and meal kits for carryout and delivery. You can get staples like eggs and milk, along with bread and other baked goods from their bakery.
The best Italian restaurant in Chicago is offering its fantastic fresh pastas, sauces, for takeout, along with baked goods, veggies, and grocery items like eggs and cheese.
Have you ever shopped at Six Flags’ Frontier Town? The answer is probably no, but now we’re living in 2020’s version of Oregon Trail, and that’s a little how shopping at River Valley Farmer’s Table feels. They have specialty items (like pancake mix, pickled vegetables, and housemade condiments), along with a lot of fresh produce and dairy. Sadly, no Raging Bull, but you can watch some POV ride videos on YouTube.
Kite String Cantina offers weekly curated grocery boxes. They’re filled with lots of locally sourced produce, meat, dairy, and prepared foods like fresh tortillas and condiments. You can also request your box to accommodate dietary restrictions like gluten-free or vegan.
This little restaurant and wine shop has quite a few things you can order besides prepared food - like tinned fish, various snacks, butter, coffee beans, cheese (and things to put cheese on), pickles, and, of course, a lot of wine.
Considering that Eataly has about 56 restaurants inside of it, it’s easy to forget that it’s also a giant grocery store. And you can have groceries (including all sorts of produce), fresh pasta, meat, and cheese delivered right to your door.
This Pilsen market has fresh produce, dairy, meat, and specialty items. There’s also a deli counter with prepared foods like salads and sandwiches. Available for pickup and delivery.
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This health food market and restaurant is delivering grocery boxes. Offerings vary, but you can expect to find fruit and vegetables (like avocado, strawberries, and broccoli), along with sourdough bread. And everything will be from a local farm or bakery.
Along with having some of Chicago’s best sandwiches (if you haven’t tried The Potato’ Nator, you need to do so immediately), Tempesta Market is also a specialty store. You can order all sorts of groceries and pantry items (like pickles, condiments, and snacks), along with plenty of meat, cheese, fresh pasta, and sauces.
This Italian restaurant is offering two “from scratch” at-home kits. The pasta one comes with your choice of gnocchi, orecchiette, rigatoni, ziti, or spaghetti, and either a bolognese, parmesan cream, marinara, or vodka sauce. The pizza comes with dough, sauce, mozzarella, and pepperoni.
Everyday, Middle Brow has something new to stock your pantry with - you might find cultured butter, flour, eggs, and even the occasional vegetable. Plus, they have a few different pizza kits: pepperoni, margherita, mushroom, and sausage and olive. All come with fresh mozzarella, sauce, toppings, and a ball of dough - which makes a fantastic crust. Each kit also comes with instructions, but they post tutorials on Instagram as well.
Dimo’s in Wrigleyville is known for their pizza that makes particularly good drunk food for college students - like mac and cheese pizza, or s’mores. But unlike that drunk student, they’re actually graduating to better things. Not only is this place selling their most popular pizzas in kit form, but they’re also offering meal kits - like lasagna and rosemary focaccia with roasted garlic. And a portion of their sales goes towards supporting first responders.
You might have noticed that this list includes a lot of pizza kits. Well, Happy Camper sells a bunch of different ones too that all include dough, marinara, cheese, garlic olive oil, and toppings. They also have a small general store with selections that vary daily.
This is another spot that’s selling kits for you to build (and cook) your own pizzas. It includes dough, flour (for stretching), tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil. And during brunch, they also have a DIY “pancake party” that comes with a dozen silver dollar buttermilk pancakes, fresh berries, rainbow sprinkles, chocolate chips, whipped cream, and maple syrup.
Sure, Summer House has a menu full of food that responsible adults eat, like fresh salads, pasta, and fish. But more importantly, they have a ton of DIY desserts - including raw cookie dough, and their famous brown butter rice crispy treats kit.
Flour is the latest victim of hoarding. But you can order some from Baker Miller, a fantastic bakery that mills its own grain. If making something from scratch stresses you out, they also have things like take-and-bake cinnamon rolls and chocolate cake kits.
This is another bakery that mills its own grain and sells its flour for pickup and delivery. You can also get granola, jams, coffee beans, and basically anything you need to pretend you live inside Lost Larson.
Ina Mae is offering New Orleans-inspired meal kits. They include ingredients to make dishes like gumbo or a shrimp boil. If you want, you can add a Hurricane kit, too.
RPM is selling raw steaks (for half-off), along with a selection of sides like roasted broccoli and whipped potatoes. They also have cocktail kits so you can make things like Old Fashioneds.
The meat at El Che is fantastic, and this West Loop steakhouse is doing a butcher shop pop-up. You can get uncooked steaks, chorizo, lamb chops, and bone marrow for pickup. Everything comes with chimichurri and all orders must be placed ahead of time on their website.