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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Paulina Market

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3501 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 248-6272
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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.

2. Joseph's Finest Meats

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7101 W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60634
(773) 736-3766

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.

3. Gepperth's Meat Market

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1964 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 549-3883
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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.

4. Local Foods

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1427 W Willow St #1
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 432-6575
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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.

5. Chop Shop

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2033 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 537-4440
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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.

6. Purely Meat Co.

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4345 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60651
(773) 731-3180
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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.

7. Gibsons Italia

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233 N Canal St
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 414-1100
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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.

8. Publican Quality Meats

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825 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 445-8977
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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.

9. Peoria Packing Butcher Shop

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1300 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 738-1800
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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.

10. El Che Meat & Provisions

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845 W Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 265-1130
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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.

11. Nea-Agora Packing Co

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1056 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 421-5130
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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.

12. The Chefs' Warehouse Chicago

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2801 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60608
(888) 333-0318
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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.

13. Henry Kaminski Inc

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3762 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 254-4125

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

14. Columbus Meat Market

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4420 S Tripp Ave
Chicago, IL 60632
(312) 829-2480

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.

15. R. Whittingham & Sons Meats, Inc.

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4134 W 127th St
Alsip, IL 60803
(708) 371-1650
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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.

1. Paulina Market

3501 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

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.

3501 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

2. Joseph's Finest Meats

7101 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60634

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.

7101 W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60634

3. Gepperth's Meat Market

1964 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

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.

1964 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

4. Local Foods

1427 W Willow St #1, Chicago, IL 60642

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.

1427 W Willow St #1
Chicago, IL 60642

5. Chop Shop

2033 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

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.

2033 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

6. Purely Meat Co.

4345 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60651

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.

4345 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60651

7. Gibsons Italia

233 N Canal St, Chicago, IL 60606

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.

233 N Canal St
Chicago, IL 60606

8. Publican Quality Meats

825 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

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.

825 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

9. Peoria Packing Butcher Shop

1300 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607

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.

1300 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607

10. El Che Meat & Provisions

845 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607

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.

845 W Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607

11. Nea-Agora Packing Co

1056 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607

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.

1056 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL 60607

12. The Chefs' Warehouse Chicago

2801 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60608

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.

2801 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60608

13. Henry Kaminski Inc

3762 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60609

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

3762 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60609

14. Columbus Meat Market

4420 S Tripp Ave, Chicago, IL 60632

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.

4420 S Tripp Ave
Chicago, IL 60632

15. R. Whittingham & Sons Meats, Inc.

4134 W 127th St, Alsip, IL 60803

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.

4134 W 127th St
Alsip, IL 60803

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