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A selection of cuts from Purely Meats.
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Where to Buy Fresh Meat For Pickup and Delivery in Chicago

When the grocery store isn’t an option

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A selection of cuts from Purely Meats.
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Reports of a meat shortage have swept through America that last few weeks with plants closing from fears of advancing the spread of COVID-19. Locally, prices of some cuts have increased, but Chicago is well situated and well stocked in the Midwest.

This isn’t an invitation to eat more meat, even butchers — like Rob Levitt of Publican Quality Meats in Fulton Market — are advising customers to eat less. Chicago’s restaurants have plenty of meat-free options for takeout and delivery. But stay at home has forced more people to cook from their own kitchens, and for those surveying the headlines wanting ethically sourced meats, this map is here with choices all across the city. These includes restaurants now selling fresh meats and wholesalers making their supply available for the first time to the general public.

Sometimes grocery stores won’t cut it. So take advantage of the spring and summer months in Chicago by ordering from ones of these vendors and firing up the grill or smoker.

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Paulina Market

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One of the most popular butchers in Chicago has given its website a facelift to make online ordering for curbside pick easier. Paulina make custom blends for sausages, and also offers produce and other ingredients to complement the beef, chicken, or pork purchased.

Joseph's Finest Meats

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In Dunning, Joseph Finest Meats has take next day phone orders. This neighborhood staple sells USDA Prime steaks, a variety of encased meats, and more.

Gepperth's Meat Market

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This tiny butcher shop sticks out near Halsted and Armitage in Lincoln Park. Find sausages, dry-aged USDA Prime steaks, and more. They’re on Mercato for pickup and delivery. The shop is also open with customers in line socially distancing along Halsted.

Local Foods

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Though the general public can’t browse the grocery store, off the Elston Industrial Corridor, Local Foods is on Mercato for delivery and pickup. The meats are supplied by Butcher & Larder and there’s a variety of local vendors, including beef from La Pryor Farms in Ottawa.

Chop Shop

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Normally a bustling music venue and bar, meats are now more a focus at this multi-faceted business. Find a solid selection of sausage, poultry, and even a dry-aged steak or two. For those looking for fresh chicken wings, this place is great — if you find them before they sell out. They also deliver via Caviar.

Purely Meat Co.

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The meat industry is mostly dominated by white men, but Purely Meat Co. is an exception. Run by the wife-and-husband team of Maribel Moreno and Joseph Musillami, this West Humboldt Park meat supplier has been supplying meats for Gibsons, One Off Hospitality, and Tanta for years. They have now permanently pivoted to also selling meats to the general public. They have a variety of steaks, burgers, and family packs for order online. They are also working with Casa Humilde beer, so customers can pick up a beer and meat pack from District Brew Yards in West Town.

Gibsons Italia

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Both Gibsons Italia in the Fulton River District and Gibsons Steakhouse in Gold Coast are selling a variety of steaks for the home cook. Gibsons is one the city’s premier steakhouses, and they’re going to expand their home business by building out a meat counter inside its Rush Street restaurant. Order online.

Publican Quality Meats

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Rob Levitt moved to Publican Quality Meats after founding his own butcher shop, Butcher & Larder. Levitt’s philosophy is to source meats from local farms which respect the environment. These farms, he says, produce higher quality meats which also satisfy better: Customers don’t have to eat as much to stay full. Leavitt. PQM has opened a virtual butcher shop. They’ve also expanded to the North Side where customers can order via Tock and pick up at the Big Star across the street from Wrigley Field. In the West Loop, they’re offering curbside pickup and delivery.

Peoria Packing Butcher Shop

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As the West Loop has gentrified, few see any traces of the area’s history as a meatpacking district. Peoria Packing may be the last vestige of that legacy, as customers venture inside and could grab and pick out the cuts they want. Come early, because even before the pandemic there were lines out the door waiting to get inside.

El Che Meat & Provisions

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El Che Steakhouse & Bar isn’t changing its name again. Chef and owner John Manion has opened a meat shop inside his restaurant, and intends to build out a display case. Manion wants to give customers access to meats only available at restaurants. That includes the massive Maximo, a three-bone beef short rib that he served at the Time Out Market. They’re hoping to be open again the first week of June.

Nea-Agora Packing Co

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Nea-Agora has been a Little Italy staple for decades and the butcher specializes in lamb. This Taylor Street landmark is good for chops, legs, and also is a good place for goat.

The Chefs' Warehouse Chicago

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This wholesaler has made its meats available to the public and sells Allen Brothers meats. They’re doing pickup and delivery where customers can also order produce. They are also arranging for different pickup locations across the city.

Henry Kaminski Inc

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For nearly 70 years, Henry Kaminski has been providing pork, chicken, and beef for Bridgeport. The wholesaler also sells to the public.

Columbus Meat Market

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A victim of West Loop gentrification, Columbus Meats has long relocated to provide affordable cuts of meat. Find brisket, hard to find cuts, and more.

R. Whittingham & Sons Meats, Inc.

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Long a favorite of restaurant workers for their ability for custom orders, Whittingham sells pork, veal, lamb, chicken, and more. Customers can also find wagyu beef burgers. Order online.

Paulina Market

One of the most popular butchers in Chicago has given its website a facelift to make online ordering for curbside pick easier. Paulina make custom blends for sausages, and also offers produce and other ingredients to complement the beef, chicken, or pork purchased.

Joseph's Finest Meats

In Dunning, Joseph Finest Meats has take next day phone orders. This neighborhood staple sells USDA Prime steaks, a variety of encased meats, and more.

Gepperth's Meat Market

This tiny butcher shop sticks out near Halsted and Armitage in Lincoln Park. Find sausages, dry-aged USDA Prime steaks, and more. They’re on Mercato for pickup and delivery. The shop is also open with customers in line socially distancing along Halsted.

Local Foods

Though the general public can’t browse the grocery store, off the Elston Industrial Corridor, Local Foods is on Mercato for delivery and pickup. The meats are supplied by Butcher & Larder and there’s a variety of local vendors, including beef from La Pryor Farms in Ottawa.

Chop Shop

Normally a bustling music venue and bar, meats are now more a focus at this multi-faceted business. Find a solid selection of sausage, poultry, and even a dry-aged steak or two. For those looking for fresh chicken wings, this place is great — if you find them before they sell out. They also deliver via Caviar.

Purely Meat Co.

The meat industry is mostly dominated by white men, but Purely Meat Co. is an exception. Run by the wife-and-husband team of Maribel Moreno and Joseph Musillami, this West Humboldt Park meat supplier has been supplying meats for Gibsons, One Off Hospitality, and Tanta for years. They have now permanently pivoted to also selling meats to the general public. They have a variety of steaks, burgers, and family packs for order online. They are also working with Casa Humilde beer, so customers can pick up a beer and meat pack from District Brew Yards in West Town.

Gibsons Italia

Both Gibsons Italia in the Fulton River District and Gibsons Steakhouse in Gold Coast are selling a variety of steaks for the home cook. Gibsons is one the city’s premier steakhouses, and they’re going to expand their home business by building out a meat counter inside its Rush Street restaurant. Order online.

Publican Quality Meats

Rob Levitt moved to Publican Quality Meats after founding his own butcher shop, Butcher & Larder. Levitt’s philosophy is to source meats from local farms which respect the environment. These farms, he says, produce higher quality meats which also satisfy better: Customers don’t have to eat as much to stay full. Leavitt. PQM has opened a virtual butcher shop. They’ve also expanded to the North Side where customers can order via Tock and pick up at the Big Star across the street from Wrigley Field. In the West Loop, they’re offering curbside pickup and delivery.

Peoria Packing Butcher Shop

As the West Loop has gentrified, few see any traces of the area’s history as a meatpacking district. Peoria Packing may be the last vestige of that legacy, as customers venture inside and could grab and pick out the cuts they want. Come early, because even before the pandemic there were lines out the door waiting to get inside.

El Che Meat & Provisions

El Che Steakhouse & Bar isn’t changing its name again. Chef and owner John Manion has opened a meat shop inside his restaurant, and intends to build out a display case. Manion wants to give customers access to meats only available at restaurants. That includes the massive Maximo, a three-bone beef short rib that he served at the Time Out Market. They’re hoping to be open again the first week of June.

Nea-Agora Packing Co

Nea-Agora has been a Little Italy staple for decades and the butcher specializes in lamb. This Taylor Street landmark is good for chops, legs, and also is a good place for goat.

The Chefs' Warehouse Chicago

This wholesaler has made its meats available to the public and sells Allen Brothers meats. They’re doing pickup and delivery where customers can also order produce. They are also arranging for different pickup locations across the city.

Henry Kaminski Inc

For nearly 70 years, Henry Kaminski has been providing pork, chicken, and beef for Bridgeport. The wholesaler also sells to the public.

Columbus Meat Market

A victim of West Loop gentrification, Columbus Meats has long relocated to provide affordable cuts of meat. Find brisket, hard to find cuts, and more.

R. Whittingham & Sons Meats, Inc.

Long a favorite of restaurant workers for their ability for custom orders, Whittingham sells pork, veal, lamb, chicken, and more. Customers can also find wagyu beef burgers. Order online.

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