Whole Foods Market will officially open its 53,004 square-foot Green Bay Road store Wednesday, July 29 at 9 a.m. This will be Whole Foods Market’s third location in Evanston, and 25th store in Chicagoland, featuring in-house smoked bacon and seafood, a Cuban-inspired Taqueria, along with wine, beer and coffee venues.
“Evanston residents are no stranger to Whole Foods Market, we’ve had the privilege of serving this community since 1996. At the same time, I think they are really going to be surprised and delighted with everything this store has to offer,” says Dan Gordon, Store Team Leader, Whole Foods Market Green Bay Road. “For example, this store is the first Whole Foods Market in Evanston to have a beer and wine bar, a feature to please new and loyal shoppers.”
With a rotating tap of 20 draft beers, this bar will offer local and hard-to-find beers including an exclusive Evanston Pale Ale brewed by Begyle Brewing Company and a new, exclusive B.I.O. Pale Ale from Evanston-based Sketchbook Brewing Company. For the wine aficionados, Whole Foods Market Green Bay Road has the most developed wine bar of the Chicagoland stores. Cultivated by Master Sommelier, Riedel Glassware, the wine list will feature an extensive selection of palate-pleasing red, white and rose vintages to choose from. Oenophiles and beer geeks will love the classic bar fare, fresh-cut pastas, specialty cheeses and other delicacies available for pairings. A first in the Chicago area, fried shrimp, calamari, and walleye fingers will also be available to enjoy at the bar or to take home for a quick and easy meal.
For java fans, the coffee bar hosts a variety of light, medium and dark roasted coffees, espresso drinks and blended beverages, full of rich flavors needed to kick-start the day or as an afternoon pick-me-up. North Shore coffee connoisseurs will also enjoy the fresh, in-house made cold brew coffee on tap.
The aroma of in-house smoked meats such as brisket, pork and chicken will permeate from the sandwich station, offering serious competition to the lunchtime classic, peanut butter and jelly. For North Shore shoppers it will be hard to decide which taco to choose, the pollo asado, ropa vieja, mojo pork or Jackfruit, at the Cuban-inspired Taqueria.
“Juicers and smoothie lovers will go bananas over the fresh fruit and vegetable blends available at the juice bar,” says Gordon. “Made with real cuts of fruit and vegetables, these smoothies and fresh pressed juices provide a boost of nutrients in a refreshing beverage. We will also offer something new, smoothie bowls. Smoothie bowls are thick and creamier smoothies, served with delicious fruit and nut toppings. They are more nutritionally dense and offer a more substantial breakfast to get your day going.”
Fresh breads and pastries created daily in the scratch bakery will give the community a variety of wheat, white, rye and other types of bread; that can be sliced for sandwiches or cut to meet the needs of any size family. The talented Team Members are also making doughnuts daily, a sweet treat not to be missed.
North Shore residents will also enjoy the gelato station, Neapolitan-style pizza, in-house smoked bacon and seafood, dry-aged steaks, and cut to order cheeses.
To celebrate opening day, Whole Foods Market will host its version of a ribbon cutting called a “Bread-Breaking Ceremony” with Whole Foods Market Team Members and North Shore neighbors beginning at 8:45 a.m. Doors and shopping officially begin at 9 a.m. The first 500 customers through the doors will receive a Whole Foods Market Gift Card with a mystery value between $5 and $50. One lucky customer will receive a $500 gift card.
Whole Foods Market Green Bay Road is located at 2748 Green Bay Road, Evanston. The company has two other locations in Evanston at 1640 Chicago Avenue and 1111 Chicago Avenue.