Come On In. Meet The Family.
And Experience The “Chiquita Spirit!”
Inside every Food Market La Chiquita and Taqueria you’ll feel it. The warm, inviting spirit. It’s been at the heart of everything we do since our first neighborhood store opened more than 30 years ago. Today, as a trusted full-line market serving communities all around Chicagoland, we’re proud to remain an independently owned family grocery store—committed to giving you and your family the very best, every single day.
Generation to generation, the spirit lives on.
So what exactly is it? It’s the welcoming smiles of our friendly associates. The bright, colorful murals on our walls. The smell of fresh-baked breads and treats. The excitement and flavors of our vibrant in-store Taquerias (restaurants). The unbeatable freshness of our perfectly ripe produce and hand trimmed meats. The convenience of just-sliced deli selections and from-scratch meals. And the exceptional customer service that keeps you coming back again and again.
Stop in to see us. We carry all the brand-name favorites and essential household staples you need, along with the authentic homemade specialties you’ll love. And we’ll get to know you…like family, too.
The history of Food Market La Chiquita
1972 – Supermercado La Chiquita is born when the first store opens its doors in Chicago at 26th & Central Park in Little Village.
1986 – Alfredo Linares assumes control of Supermercado La Chiquita at 3555 W. 26th St. in Chicago and begins the current family legacy of ownership.
1991 – Expansion of Supermercados La Chiquita begins with the opening of our Franklin Park location. In the same year, operations begin at 651 E. Ashland Ave In Aurora.
1996 – An opportunity to offer our customers a larger and more modern store becomes a reality with the opening of our location at 2637 S. Pulaski Rd. in Chicago.
2001 – La Chiquita West Chicago opens for business, featuring the first in-store bakery serving fresh sweets and breads daily.
2002 – The location in Cicero is acquired and the transformation begins to become part of La Chiquita family.
2004 – The Taquerias in West Chicago and Cicero begin operating.
2012 – Our first store outside the immediate Chicago market opens in Rockford with bakery.
2013 – We officially change our name to Food Market La Chiquita.
2014 – The bakery at our Pulaski location is developed to serve surrounding Chicago stores.
2015 – Location in Bensenville is acquire & is open for business. Location in Montgomery open for business.
And in the future…we will continue to grow to serve more communities and families around our great city—and explore new markets as well. Click here to see what’s new today and keep up-to-date on all the latest news!