The Cheese-Lover’s Guide to Chicago

Think it’s too Gouda to be true? We’ll help you find all the best cheese with ease.

Cheese Selection | Publican Quality Meats

Flickr user, Edsel Little

Flickr user, Edsel Little

Publican Quality Meats is much more than a butcher shop—it also happens to sell an incredible variety of cheese, whether you’re adding it to one of their famous sandwiches or bringing it home. On top of that, they bake their bread fresh daily.

If you’re really serious about cheese, indulge in the housemade Pimento Cheese Dip and the Butcher’s Daily Cheese Plate.

You can find Publican Quality Meats at 825 W. Fulton Market.

Mac ‘n Cheese | Kuma’s Corner

Flickr user, Robyn Lee

Flickr user, Robyn Lee

While this Avondale favorite is better known for its stand-out burger, the scallion-topped Mac n’ Cheese is a must. We love that it’s completely customizable, with quirky options like andouille sausage and prosciutto.

Bring your friends to try tons of different cheesy creations and wash it all down with a brew from their extensive craft beer list.

You can find Kuma’s Corner at 2900 W Belmont Ave.

Wine and Cheese Pairing | Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread, & Wine

You could easily transplant Pastoral from the Loop into any European neighborhood and no one would be the wiser. The wine and cheese selection is incredible, and there are even sommeliers and cheese connoisseurs there to help you make a decision and tell you about the history and best way to enjoy your picks.

For a nice surprise each month, sign up for the Monthly Pairing Club to receive cheeses, wines, and a guide to go along with them.

You can find Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread, & Wine at 2945 N. Broadway Ave., 53 E. Lake St., and 131 N. Clinton St.

Cheesecake | The Chicago Diner


Flickr user, Stab at Sleep

While Eli’s might be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of cheesecake, we happen to be a fan of the varieties at The Chicago Diner. You can find cooked cheesecakes with a crumbly crust available in flavors like pumpkin chocolate and strawberry swirl, and raw ones in favorites like cacao and key lime. You won’t believe they’re non-dairy and soy-free.

What makes the filling so creamy? Cashews!

You can find The Chicago Diner at 3411 N Halsted St.

Grilled Cheese | JP Graziano

LTH Forum User, Antonius

LTH Forum User, Antonius

These aren’t exactly grilled cheese––they’re better. These Mini Cheese Focaccia are made by filling tomato focaccia with provolone, and then toasting them. You’ll love the crunch off the outside and the oozing cheese on the inside.

Whether you eat them alone or dip them in soup, you’re sure be licking your fingers when you’re done.

You can find JP Graziano at 901 W. Randolph St.