Chicago French Market
In the summer, we have tender stalks of asparagus, tables overflowing with rhubarb and basket upon basket of berries. And yet it’s still not enough, because when it’s over we know we have to kiss the farmers’ markets goodbye and get back into the depressing aisles of the grocery store. But aiding our plight is Chicago French Market, a year-round, European-style indoor market operated by Sebastien Bensidoun, whose family runs more than 95 markets in Europe and the United States. True, Bensidoun can’t do much to change the growing season, but he did persuade dozens of local artisan producers—from a soap maker (Abbey Brown Soap Artisan) and a Korean couple who’ll make bibimbap (Bowl Square) to a Belgian-style fry shack (Frietkoten) and a cured-meats purveyor (Fumare)—to come together in the city’s new MetraMarket (in a wing of Ogilvie Transportation Center). So even when it’s snowing outside, it’ll still feel like summer somewhere. 131 N Clinton St, 312-575-0306, chicagofrenchmarket.com.