do you know about stanley’s? it’s da bomb

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I’m having an affair.

My indiscretion with Stanley began a few months ago when Kaitlyn of Eat My Blog introduced me to this fruit and veggie all-star. Until that point I was in a monogamous relationship with a man called Trader Joe. But once I met Stanley, everything changed. Stanley lives at 1558 N. Elston. He’s not super easy to find, but the good guys never are.

So what does Stanley have to offer that leaves T. Joe falling short? Two words. Cheap Produce!


I have begun include more fruits and veggies in my diet, but while shopping solely at Trader’s, I felt restricted in the F+V department. Not the case at Stanley’s. I don’t know how they do it, but the produce is (almost always) super affordable.

They also have a limited selection of other food staples like dairy, grains, and meats. Those prices are usually cheaper than ol’ Joe’s also (I now get my sour cream and eggs at Stan’s as well).


The only discernible drawback to Stanley’s is the fact that often the produce can be on the ripe side, and consuming within the week is usually advisable. But other than that, I think this produce palace is a gift from Mother Nature.




Sorry Joe, I love you so,

but your for fruits and veggies,

Stanley’s is the place to go.

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  1. B

    Jess – Stanleys is indeed a hidden jewel! It looks so sketch from the outside, but you can walk out with two bags bulging with produce for $20 or less! I wanted to add that they offer both organic and conventional produce, which is super important to me. Their organic is cheaper than the yucky waxed produce you can find at Jewel.

    Ps. Love your blog and concept!

  2. Kaitlyn

    Awww Stanley’s! I cannot sing its praises enough! I think it might just be my favorite place in Chicago, I’m glad I could introduce you to it!

  3. Jess

    @ B: I totally agree. It’s a bit hard to find, but it’s also hard to pay more than $20 for several bags of groceries. Glad you like MakeunderMyLife!

    @ Kaitlyn: Thank you (again and again) for introducing me!

  4. When you come to NY, I will take you to Big Apple Farms and Fairway in the city, my Dad says – “they move the goods” which translates, priced to sell.

  5. Camila

    Oh I wish I had a place like this in NY. It sounds amazing. Totally jealous!!

  6. Jess

    @ PVE: I am totally going to take you up on that offer! And thank you so much for that wonderful post, I am (almost) speechless! More on that later :). The world needs more people like you!

    @ Camila: Have you heard about a place called Big Apple Farms in Fairway that Patricia mentioned in the comment above? Not sure about any place in NYC though.

  7. deidra

    I’m stopping by from PVE – yes, we do need more people like her – and I love this spot you’ve got! Bookmarked now, and I’ll be back!

    I’m a Trader Joe gal, but we don’t have one in the town where I live. I’ve considered making the eight hour drive to Chicago just for some of my TJ faves. I’ll have to add Stanley to my itinerary!

  8. Jess

    @ Deidra: Bummer that you don’t have a T.Joe’s near you! Truth be told, my Joe’s isn’t super close to me in the city either. For me to get there every two weeks, Erwin and I: walk .75 mi to the bus, take the bus a few miles, walk .5 mi to the store, buy groceries, pack them in backpacks, lug them to the street, and taxi it home.

    It is a laborious process but it does give us Trader’s food so we do it. I also admit we picked our church in proximity to Trader Joe’s to make this trek easier each week.

    I know. Intense.

  9. Tara Galloway

    I miss living by stanleys! It was my favorite spot for produce! Now I am near Tony’s finer foods and they have excellent produce as well!

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