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As many in Chicagoland may know, Fox & Obel has been one of the premier groceries in the area but has had problems especially in recent years. It seems the latest is being shut down by the Health Department.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130715/streeterville/fox-obel-closes-abruptly-after-it-fails-health-inspection-report-says

http://chicago.eater.com/archives/2013/07/16/fox-obel-shut-down.php

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130715/NEWS07/130719891/fox-obel-closes-citing-health-department-issues

Cockroaches running around near cooking equipment, fruit flies on the walls...Ick.

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Ick is right. As much as I like Groupons, I figured that that was their kiss of death.

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Well, that's an unfortunate turn of events. I remember it well from a day trip to Chicago a few years ago. They had a lot of interesting stuff you don't see everywhere. I kept saying "Oh, lookit that...".

It reminds me of our own local Roselyn Bakery (est. 1943) that went down in 1999 under very similar circumstances.

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It's sort of sad. I'm assuming they'll rectify the health issues and reopen, but their financial health would remain an issue. With Eataly (presumably) opening soon, their future is further threatened.

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Well, that's an unfortunate turn of events. I remember it well from a day trip to Chicago a few years ago. They had a lot of interesting stuff you don't see everywhere. I kept saying "Oh, lookit that...".

It reminds me of our own local Roselyn Bakery (est. 1943) that went down in 1999 under very similar circumstances.

I loved, loved, loved Roselyn's brownies and chocolate eclairs. Broke my heart when they were shut down.

Fox & Obel is definitely up & running now.

It's sort of sad. I'm assuming they'll rectify the health issues and reopen, but their financial health would remain an issue. With Eataly (presumably) opening soon, their future is further threatened.

I'm sure you're right about Eataly - except that F&O has easy/free parking - & there's virtually nowhere to park by the Mart.

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