Our intern Latricia Polk set out to answer these questions. She began by shopping at a couple corner stores in her Austin neighborhood. Then she jumped on and off the Green-Line trains that run through some of Chicago’s wealthiest and poorest neighborhoods.
There’s not an apple or any other fresh produce in sight. The closest thing was a bottle of orange juice. No chicken breast either. For $3.49, she could get a box of chicken wings or a package of hotdogs.
We decided to check out another corner store--One Eleven Food and Liquors, at 111 N. Kedzie Ave., in East Garfield Park. This store also boasted about its fresh produce and meat. But this store actually delivered on its advertising promise.
A one-pound package of chicken leg quarters sold for $1.61, and apples were priced at $1.29 per pound. One Eleven customer Donna Steele says she shops there every day because of their fresh options and because “the prices are right.”