Oak Park Market owner Angel Palivos created his new North Avenue grocery store with the local community in mind. The 13,000-square-foot market is celebrating its grand opening on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 6209 North Ave; interested residents are encouraged to stop by for food tastings, wine sampling and more.

“This party is not just in honor of the store opening,” Palivos said, “but also a celebration of local residents in Oak Park and the Galewood neighborhood of Chicago.” 

Previous grocery stores housed in the same location failed, but Oak Park Market will focus on residents living in the area, said Palivos, who comes from a family of grocers. He listened to considerable feedback from local residents when deciding what to carry in his new shop. Oak Park Market will carry vegetarian and vegan-friendly ingredients, grab-and-go home-style meals, high-end deli meats, quality seafood, fresh baked breads, and a thoughtful selection of craft beer and wine.

“Unlike the last two groceries in the same location, [Palivos] has chosen to create a store for the residents of Galewood and north Oak Park,” said Judith Alexander, chairwoman of the North Avenue Business District community group. “We’re all very excited to have such quality retail on North Avenue, especially east of Ridgeland.”

Melissa Elsmo

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