Publican Quality Meats
The Butcher & Larder
Paulina Meat Market
Gepperth’s Market
Peoria Packing
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1. Publican Quality Meats 825 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

Publican Quality Meats is something of a triple threat: equal parts butcher shop, café, and speciality grocery store, it features an awe-inspiring selection of sausages and cured charcuterie meats, served individually from the butcher case or in sandwiches made with house-baked bread. The lunch menu is often changing, but the Parm #2 features a beautifully crisp chicken cutlet nestled into a brioche bun, while the sausage plate lets you sample three of the house-made specialities with sauerkraut and breadcrumbs. A breakfast menu includes ham and egg biscuit sandwiches and a pork belly breakfast burrito, though if you're in the mood for something less savory, there are pastries and coffee, too.

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2. Paulina Meat Market 3501 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

A carnivore's dream, Paulina has nearly every smoked sausage imaginable: knackwurst, bockwurst, goat brats, jalapeno pepper jack brats, and even turducken brats, to save you the trouble of Frankenstein-ing three birds together.

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3. The Butcher & Larder 1026 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

From the man who used to run the meat-centric kitchen at Mado, B&L is a boutique whole-animal butcher procuring all of its product -- from T-bones & tenderloins to obscure cuts & offal -- from local farms, also using them in soups, charcuterie, and more.

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4. Gepperth's Meat Market 1964 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Gepperth's is the place to go when pork chops just aren't wild enough for you -- stock up on alligator sausage, elk patties, kangaroo, ostrich burgers, grilled liver and oxtail, and some cooked goose.

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5. Peoria Packing 1300 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607

Peoria Packing is ready to hook you up with all of your favorites at a super-reasonable cost. Keep an eye out for their specials, or just buy in bulk -- they've got chicken wings by the 40lb case and BBQ sauce by the gallon.