My business partner Waldemar was recently in Chicago and visited a fantastic cheese shop, Pastoral, located in the East Lakeview area. It’s rare to find a standout cheese retailer who sells only artisan cheeses, so when I find one I figure I should let you all know about it.
Pastoral specializes in artisan cheese, bread and wine. What a great concept. One-stop shopping. The space is attractively rustic, with wines stacked to the ceiling and cases overflowing with partially cut wheels of cheese. Waldemar picked out a small handcrafted goat’s milk cheese (photo left) decorated with tarragon and lavender. It’s one of the few artisan cheeses being produced in the state of Illinois, but if this retail outlet is any indication of interest, there will be a lot more where it came from.
Pastoral offer cheese and wine classes and some free in-store tastings. If you are in the neighborhood, check out the calendar of events on their website.
is located at 2945 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657. Tel: 773-472-4781.