It feels a little more like summer in Chicago now that patios are opening up, but you're #1 destination is still probably your own kitchen. Next time you go to the store to replenish your favorite foods, consider reaching for these local brands as well!

1. Prevail Jerky

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WHY: A craveable snack with so much flavor, you’ll forget you’re eating something good for you! Prevail uses 100% grass-fed beef for their jerky, raised with no antibiotics or added hormones.

WHERE CAN I BUY:Beatrix Market, Plum Market, Green Grocer, Local Foods, Olivia’s Market, Dill Pickle Food Co-op, and other local retailers

2. Emily’s Foods

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WHY: Doing sweet better, Emily’s Foods offers the world’s only vegan pea protein icing and dips!

WHERE CAN I BUY: Sugar Beet Food Co-op and other local retailers

3. Lekkco Belgian Dark Chocolate Spread

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WHY: Lekkco’s dark chocolate spread is derived from a 50-year-old Belgian recipe, and is the first nut-free, gluten-free, vegan, low-sugar option to be introduced in the US.

WHERE CAN I BUY: Pete’s Fresh Market and other local retailers

4. Blake’s Seed Based

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WHY: Frustrated with a lack of options for those with food allergies, Blake created these delicious, allergy-friendly bars in his kitchen using seeds instead of nuts.

WHERE CAN I BUY: South Loop Market, Foxtrot, and other local retailers

5. Peer Foods Group

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WHY: Providing premium, hand-crafted meats since 1867, Peer Foods is committed to providing the best-tasting, highest quality meats.

WHERE CAN I BUY: Foodsmart, South Loop Market, Olivia’s Market, and other local retailers.

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