I used to say, “I will never move to the suburbs.” After renting apartments in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago for several years, Mike and I reached a point where we felt ready to buy a place. Naturally, we started to look in the city first. It didn’t take us long to realize that for what we could afford, the space would be more limiting than the apartments we were renting. So reluctantly, we ventured out to the suburbs to “just look.”
I can’t really pin point the exact moment I changed my perception about living in the suburbs, but I do remember the first time Mike and I went into Standard Market. We had just looked at several open houses in Downers Grove and before heading back to the city, we decided to get some groceries to bring home with us. I remember thinking, “Wow, the suburbs actually have markets like THIS?” Not to mention, we could park in the parking lot for free… which is a rare find in the city of Chicago. I started to realize that I may have been a little harsh in my initial judgement of the Chicago suburbs.
Standard Market is beautiful. It’s one of those markets where you walk in and can’t help but want to walk around and check everything out. I often go in there for photo shoot inspiration. Everything is fresh and colorful and smells so good.
It’s not just another grocery store. It has three different restaurants too, Standard Grill, Standard Tacos & Margaritas and The Cube, which is their specialty beer and wine bar. In the Cube, they also have their very own temperature controlled cheese cave for aging cheeses from local creameries. They’ve recently expanded and are located in Westmont, IL and also Naperville, IL. There’s even a Standard Grill restaurant in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago.
Fast forward to the beginning of 2016… Trisha from 3rd Coast PR contacted me to shoot Standard Market’s newest cheese cave, which is located in Countryside, IL. She wanted to partner up for an article to be featured in Edible Chicago. This was one of those opportunities where it felt like the stars aligned. Not only would I have the opportunity to shoot for Standard Market, a place that had helped open my eyes to the many food opportunities out in the suburbs, but my work would also be featured in a seasonal magazine that I had been wanting to work with since 2013.
The new cheese cave is huge and they will be busy stocking the shelves with cedar planks full of wheels of cheese for the next few months. We had to wear hair nets, face masks, full-body aprons and special boots while exploring the cave. Needless to say, it was one of the most interesting photo shoots I have been on and it was such an honor to work with Ann Flood from Edible Chicago, David Rogers, Alyssa Stone and Dan Flavin from Standard Market and Trisha Teckenbrock from 3rd Coast PR on this feature. It’s said that good things come to those who wait, but perhaps good things come to those who move to the suburbs.
Cheers and Happy Friday! I’ll be enjoying happy hour in The Cube at Standard Market tonight with a glass of wine and, of course, cheese.
All images © Regan Baroni 2016.