This guy is wondering two things. First, what are all these people doing here in my house? Second, if they eat organic, do they taste better?
Chicago's Green City Market has moved from the south end of Lincoln Park on Wednesdays to the Lincoln Park Zoo. I took the opportunity to visit the Kovler Lion House this Saturday and found a thriving market with more choice than I imagined.
If you want any of a dozen varieties of squash or dark green vegetables like kale, brussels sprouts, and broccoli or one of several varieties of apples, this is the place. Two great bakeries were present to sell breads and pastries, along with vendors of honey, spices, hothouse tomatoes, turnips, potatoes, dried flowers, rutabagas - just about everything you'd expect from a late fall/early winter market.
The Kovler Lion House is on the North end of the zoo, just south of Fullerton. You can enter just north of Webster off Cannondale.
The market opened at 9:00. I got there around 10:00 and the joint was jumping. The Lion House can get a little ripe, but I didn't detect any big cat smell at all during the market. The cages inside connect to outdoor habitats and I think a few of the cats were outside. Those that were inside were mostly uninterested (or asleep - imagine that), even the ones near the organic meat vendor. The one that was interested seemed maybe a bit too interested if you know what I mean. I was pretty happy the metal bars on the cage were between the cat and the organic buffet laid out before him.
The Market is run by the same people who run the Green City Market during the Spring and Summer. The remaining dates for the market are November 20th, December 4th, December 11th, and December 18th. Hours are from 9:00am to 1:00pm.