Whole Foods Market - Gold Coast

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Whole Foods Market - Gold CoastWhole Foods Market - Gold Coast

Type: Store

30 W Huron St
Chicago, Illinois, 60654-6402
United States

(312) 932-9600 | map

Parking garage entrance on west side of building.

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 8
Photo of cratez
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This is where I bought most of the imports that I sampled while living in Chicago. There's actually a great lineup of American craft beer as well, but I relied on Binny's for most of those offerings.

Solid imports include Chimay Grand Reserve, Chimay Tripel (White), Hacker Pschorr Sternweisse, Weihenstephaner Original and Hefeweissbier, Duvel, St. Peter's India Pale Ale, Young's Double Chocolate Stout, and a large range of Unibroue brands (Don De Dieu, 1837, La Fin Du Monde). Mediocre to good domestic beers include New Belgium Fat Tire, Goose Island Honker's Ale and India Pale Ale, Three Floyds Gumballhead, SN Pale Ale, and Blue Moon. This was the selection a year and a half ago, so it might have changed substantially by now.

The staff are surprisingly friendly and down-to-earth. You wouldn't expect such 'cheery' people at a supermarket, but my service was uniformly excellent each time I came here. Certainly there are better places to buy beer in Chicago, but if you want to grab groceries and beer at the same time, this is a convenient location with an above average selection.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%

The only real reasons to go to this whole foods are if you are staying at a downtown hotel and need a decent sixpack or bomber, or to check out what they may still be hanging on to that others are long out of. Smaller than usual selection of beer for a whole foods, but definitely some decent stuff. Plenty of specialty Goose Island and some Founders and some Southern Tier and New Holland, but no FFF and very little selction from any particular brewery. Most everything is refrigerated. Bustling location, so very little hope of getting any help from any of the trons that work there. Okay in a pinch, but not a destination.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%

This Gold Coast outlet of WFM has a decent selection of craft brews and imports, if compared to a convenience store, but I'd say it's rather small by even standards of other WFM's I've been to, and certainly the average BA expectations. And it seems that it's getting smaller, that is, they are trying to streamline by having only bestsellers. And that may a good thing in terms of having fresh beer on the shelves, having seen things languishing well past season and/or best by dates, it seems that the clientele here are not as enthusiastic about beer as they would seem to be at other WFM's...oh, well. And, the saving grace here is the same as it is at other WFM's , which is that they stock up on boatloads of well selling seasonals and then put them on sale, with the price going lower as the season wears on. The staff here... well, some know something about beer, others not so much. Prices are about average for the area, sometimes a little lower or higher.Overall, it's not a bad place to shop, it's not great either...

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Photo of emerge077
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%

This location of the regional chain has some focus on quality micros and seasonals. Once upon a time I found a few nice import singles (german, belgian) i haven't seen elsewhere.

Their designated beer area is now relatively small, and no longer competitive with the nearby Binny's on Grand.

Service was adequate, an employee stocking the cooler section was helpful with my questions. The majority of the beer is refrigerated on open cooler shelves, but an adjacent shelf had a good selection of six packs & singles as well. Stock seemed to be well cared for, and moves fairly quickly.

UPDATE 3-6-06
After revisiting this location, the beer section has been completely rearranged and scaled down by 1/3 or so. kind of sad. maybe they beef up the selection in the warmer months...

June 2007 visit: Beer is still located in an "endcap" aisle cooler, and around the left side there are singles, mostly imports. The selection is still short and sweet, but there is some quality stuff to be had like Abt 12, Hennepin, DT, the regular stuff. There's also GLBC, 3 Floyds, & New Belgium.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +13.3%

My local beer store when I am in Chicago. They are located just off Michigan Avenue. They have a good selection that rivals the downtown location of Binny's on Grand & Wells, when it comes to beer. They have a good selection of Belgian beers, including a bevy of Cantillon products, & other European imports. They have a great selection of Midwestern Breweries as well as the two coasts that can include beers from Goose Island, Mad Hatter, Two Brothers, Three Floyds, New Holland, Avery, Anchor, Victory, Dogfish Head, Allagash, etc, etc. They have at least 75 beers to choose from, and probably more than that.

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Whole Foods Market - Gold Coast in Chicago, IL
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