For over 20 years, I worked in the Hancock building. There was a unique grocery store at the top of the building--Potash Market. When it was raining or snowing, we'd sneak up the freight elevator and get some soup, salad bar or deli sandwiches at the store that served the residents of the John Hancock tower. The market provided salvation plenty of times.
Fast forward years later...I have been part of an amazing Marketing/PR team at Emergent, joining in an incredible experience with Potash Market. You will never find family ownership that cares more about their brand and serving their customers.
The fresh foods concept has been embraced by Chicago...Now imagine a small, family-owned business that is sourcing produce and other items from local farms and is catering to the needs of singles, business professionals, families right in their neighborhood. A stroke of luck if you work or live in the Gold Coast/Lincoln Park area.
If it's too far to walk, you can just hop in your car and put on your flashers for 10-15 minutes (free!) and roll in and out with all of your necessities (at both the State Street and Clark Street locations). We may not know about "the good 'ole days," but it's certainly like the best of both worlds with a place that is relevant to today's grocery needs and service, including knowing many of their customers by name.
We "catered" our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners from Potash after seeing the most amazing chef creations. I can't wait to see what Valentine's Day menus are upcoming from Potash. My husband, when he was single, lived at Sandburg Village so I have been shopping at the location on Clark. I must have spent over an hour in the store the first time I went. I found items I had never seen anywhere. Their coffee is great too and can be enjoyed while strolling through the aisles.
The wine collection was great, as well as the collective bakery and deli chef items. All that you need to impress at a small dinner party or dinner for two. I could be in the kitchen all day and not produce such tasty, great tasting appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts. (The salmon is incredible, the turkey delicious, the meringue cookies out of this world--You get the point!)
So, now you know my secret recipe--Potash!