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We're a fine food grocery with a focus on locally made goods and a keen eye on quality. Dine in, stop by, walk the shelves and discover your next food tradition. Want to hear more?
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Time to eat

Monday - Friday

7 AM - 4 PM

Saturday

8 AM - 5 PM

Sunday

8 AM - 4 PM

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We do supper too, but it's a secret

Catering

Southport Grocery offers unique and fresh catering services for corporations, groups, events and individuals. Find the service below that best fits your needs and then place your order today at (773) 665-0100. Want to rent our place for the evening? We do that too.

Need it delivered?

We’ve got a simple rule of 10; cost is 10% of bill (minimum $10) and within 10 miles of the store.

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Box Lunches

The perfect all-in-one meal…the sandwich or salad, cookie and potato chips or try the cheese, antipasto boxes…all you need to add is a beverage.   The same fresh, made from scratch items all in a box!

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Your Own Platter

Appetizers by the dozen, pasta salads, sandwiches, salads, bake goods and more! Bring in your own platters and we do the rest. No worries if you don’t have platters…we can provide disposables.

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Wholesale

Your cafe need a heap of scrumptious goodies? Have a cute little grocery store that features local items? We know what it’s like to have both – and are always ready to work with you on carrying the ‘just right’ baked-good to fit your space.

Grocery

In our grocery, we always start our search locally. There has been a groundswell of artisan food-stuffs being created in the windy city – we love this. Supporting our local foodies, bridging the gap between them and their customers, bringing them in for tastings, all the while presenting their product on our blog, and/or Facebook & Twitter. We provide a space where customers can feel comfortable to window-shop, ask questions, and purveyors of great food items can connect with their audience. Stop in, peruse our shelves, we promise you’ll find something to take home with you.

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Gift Baskets

For the holidays, for clients, bosses, friends, lovers, wives or husbands – we’ve got just about everyone and all times covered; we work to taste. Forget the tired basket of stuff they’ll likely never use, get them eatables, wine, and so much more Delivered, shipped, or local pickup.

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Our Preserves

Sweet, savory, spicy, and everywhere in between we take great care on crafting the perfect, ideal preserves – holding a few Good Food Awards. Forget the imported blotchy winter grocery store fruits and let us save the best of what was available when it was grown locally. Welcome to year-round flavortown.

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Other’s Goods

A small footprint doesn’t mean a small mindset – heavily rotated wines, pasta sauces, bitters, soup mixes, spices, chocolate sauce, spreads, drink mixes, beans, hot sauces and more in veritable cornucopia of choices. We do our homework on picking the best stuff.

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Blog

  • Hash – A Change in Potatoes
    • February 11th, 2015

    Our hash has been a staple on our menu for a long time, as in just about as long as we’ve served breakfast. It was born from the Hopple Popple’s...

    Bread and Butter Pickles – A Real Winner
    • January 21st, 2015

    It may not comes as shock to those who follow us closely, but we take great pride in the work we do around here. We think our goods, wares and...

    Thymely Herbals – Steeped in Flavor
    • January 15th, 2015

    In a time when tea is packed up in dark packages, metal cylinders, and every piece of the soak is sent nearly halfway across the world – we found a...

  • The Spice House Mulling Spices – A Left Hook To Winter’s Grip
    • December 30th, 2014

    It’s the midwest, in the grips of winter and we’re gearing up for cider season. There are few things in life more satisfying than scooping a mulled wine from a...

    Our Good Food Award Finalists – A Year of Prep
    • December 16th, 2014

    We wanted to take a moment to give our most recent title-holding preserves a bit of spotlight. The wonderful folks at The Good Food Awards gave two of our preserves...

    Recipes from Our Chalkboard – Our House-made Preserves
    • December 15th, 2014

    Asian Plum Marinade great for poultry, pork & beef Makes about 1 1/2 cups 1/4 cup Southport Grocery European Plum Preserves 3 T. hoisin sauce 2 T. canola oil 2...

  • Russ & Franks Sassy BBQ Sauce – Slather Flavor
    • December 12th, 2014

    "We currently carry their Sassy sauce - which provides the right amount of punch and a wide breadth of flavor. It's hearty and rich like any good mid-western style is, but provides enough bite to back up it's swagger."

    Our New Site
    • December 10th, 2014

    Another departure from our informative posts – I feel the need to address our fans directly. This one is for you. It may be obvious for those who follow us...

    Thanksgiving Catering 2014
    • October 22nd, 2014

    Worried about the cross look from Grandma about your choice of side this year? Bring something worth bragging about – catering from us! Here is the full menu to choose...

  • Bittermilk No. 4 & 5 – New Additions of Flavor Layers
    • October 9th, 2014

    We’ve gone into great detail about Bittermilk previously – the long and short is they come from the industry and craft simple to make yet fantastically complex cocktail mixers. Recently,...

    Ayara Thai Sauces – Bottles of Tasty Love
    • October 8th, 2014

    Looking for something just a bit different? Sauces that brighten, speak up, and compliment rather than coat, cover, and just lay limp? We’ve tasted loads of thai sauces over the...

    A Reintroduction to Mel – Q&A 2.0
    • October 7th, 2014

    A couple of years ago we got our preservationist to answer a handful of questions, but now we wanted to check back in. See what, if anything, she had to...

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Events

  • Every day
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Drink up Art

Local work all bundled under our Drink Up Art Umbrella. Always available for a gander with your pancakes.

  • Jan 5th - Feb 28th
  • All Day
4 Fortnights

New menu items featuring goodies pulled from our 'cellar.'

our staff

Lisa
Owner

I grew knowing from-scratch cooking is the key to making something truly delicious. I'm at Southport Grocery and Cafe everyday creating this food experience that is a part of many traditions - the in-town friend, family meals with our preserves, a couple's Sunday morning stop. We're a part of people's lives - whether they like to cook or like to eat. After a decade plus in financial services as a CPA and culinary school, my passion evolved into creating food traditions, supporting local farmers, and giving an audience to artisanal producers.

Kevin
Chef de cuisine

I’ve never had a job outside of a kitchen. I started washing dishes in high school, attended culinary school at Johnson & Wales in Providence, had many 'normal' kitchen jobs and now have found a place to call home. I may be new here, but they've made me feel like I've already got a family.

Melanie
Preservationist

It's always been all about the condiments for me. After earning a culinary degree and years of fine dining experience, sauces and condiments are the most interesting aspects of a dish. Southport Grocery has given me the artistic freedom and room to grow, for which any lover of preserves would appreciate. I love that I can utilize the no waste, 'whole orange' training.

Lindsey
Retail Manager

​I work here because I want to provide customers with the most memorable meal ever. The food is so good you don't have to sell it, it just starts up the conversation. Southport Grocery has become my home away from the east coast with the comfort food to match.

Sam
Head Baker

I truly enjoy what I do. I love taking simple ingredients, and turning them into delicious baked goods. I can't live without bread. I love kneading it, the smell of it, the sound it makes after it comes out of the oven, the taste of it. Seeing my bread, rolls and sweets make people as happy as it makes me is truly something special.

Jacob
Marketing

SGC isn't just a home away from home for me (because I've been here since 2008) but it's a place where learning and growth are encouraged - spitballing with the retail staff about cocktails, pitching dishes to the chef, or learning a whole new skill is what is done. From Chicago to Maine and back again I've never not loved this place.

Brittney
All Things Packaged

I'm sort of a package-of-all-trades here. I do everything from dipping treats in chocolate to photography for the website to working on gift baskets - which I hand pick, I also pack up everything of ours on the shelf, label, set, display, do it all. Getting to explore the products we make and sell here has really expanded my tastes and expectations of food. Sharing that with others, seeing or hearing of reactions to what we send out, is really rewarding.

contact us

  • Address: 3552 N Southport, Chicago, IL
  • Phone: (773) 665-0100
  • Email: info [at] southportgrocery [com]