DePaul students and Lincoln Park residents should pump their fists in excitement — the long awaited Whole Foods Market at Fullerton and Sheffield is finally open. With its latest Lincoln Park opening, Whole Foods continues its aggressive expansion plan in Chicago, part of a bigger push nationwide to bring smaller, more urban and more "social" shopping experiences to markets it may not have considered a decade ago. As DNAinfo reports, the new location, which took over a shuttered Dominick's at Sheffield and Fullerton near the DePaul campus, focuses on area commuters as well as standard city shoppers, with a street-level coffee bar and quick-service window, Cuban-inspired taqueria and a Red Star Bar on the second level, with its own Fullerton Stop pale ale made by Begyle Brewing.
The chain is far from being done expanding throughout Chicago. The grocery giant will soon open locations in the West Loop (March 25) and Edgewater (April 29), as well as suburban locations in Evanston, Willowbrook and Elmhurst by the end of the year. Hyde Park and Englewood locations are also on tap for 2016.
·Lincoln Park's New Whole Foods Opens Wednesday: Take a Look Inside [DNAinfo]
·Previous Whole Foods coverage [Curbed Chicago]