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Old 08-20-2010, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Default Where are the Russian stores/markets

My wife and I are very close to moving to the loop area (streeterville). We currently live in the Boston area. Around here there are several "international" markets that cater to Russian cuisine and products... When we have been to the downtown Chicago area we didn't really see/find any.

Are there any russian markets/stores?

When doing a google search I really on come up with Russian Tea Time (restaurant).

I would love to hear of any Russian communities and markets that people know about.

Thanks,
Justin
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Old 08-20-2010, 10:50 AM
 
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The Loop area is the business district. Streeterville is part of Downtown aka the Near North Side which is north of the Loop. Just so they know you aren't an out of towner, separate the terms Loop from downtown.

The Russian community is actually located in several parts of the suburbs. The largest Russian community is predominantly Russian Jewish and is located in Wheeling, Buffalo Grove, and north Arlington Heights, which is about 30 miles NW of the city.

In Skokie, there are Russian Jews (Orthodox Jews) as well as Russian Orthodox Christians. Ukrainian Village on the West Side of Chicago might still have a few vestiges of the old Ukrainian neighborhood.

Your best bet is in Wheeling and Buffalo Grove.
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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thanks for the quick reply... I think those areas are too far away from the city for us... is there nothing within the city limits that could provide us with some good russian products?

thanks again
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:45 AM
 
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You will have to leave the Loop/Streeterville area.

There is a Russian bookstore on Devon Ave. Actually, tat whole stretch around California and Devon has a few Russian stores. Head up there and make contacts. But if you go up there, you may as well go to Skokie.

There are a couple stores in Lincoln Square, accessible by el that import Russian alcoholic beverages.

Wally's Market on Milwaukee Ave is another.
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Old 08-20-2010, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Ukrainian Village on the West Side of Chicago might still have a few vestiges of the old Ukrainian neighborhood.
There are still some Ukrainians and their businesses in Ukrainian village (basically Chicago Ave from California to Damen). They don't dominate the neighborhood by any means, but their presence is still around.
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