(My theme for the A-Z challenge is places, things and people around Chicago)
Well, the full name is Joe Caputo & Sons Fruit Market, but we just call it Caputo’s. They have three locations in Chicago: in Des Plaines (the one we go to), one in Palatine, and one in Algonquin. We are pretty sure that the one we go to was the original store that opened around 20 years ago.
It has very small aisles, which makes it annoying to shop there as it is always busy, but I got to have my fruit and veggies. For some reason, we always ended up there on a Saturday, so the last time we went we decided to go on a rainy, windy Monday. While that time we were able to navigate some of the aisles we could never go down before to look for some things like salad dressing, sauces, meat, noodles etc, the store was still packed. Regardless, we put up with it because their stuff is much fresher than what you get at the supermarket. Plus, they have organic produce at pretty good prices.
Don’t go there for the ambiance though. The floors are pretty worn, they seem to have an obsession with Frank Sinatra music, and some of the clientele is interesting (I’ll leave it at that), but like I said, we go there to get me hooked up with vegetables for salads and my favorite berries.