Trader Joe’s at Diversey and Orchard

667 W. Diversey

The blocks on Diversey between Clark and Halsted have turned into quite the bustling corridor of commerce in the past year or so, with several new restaurants, a corner grocer, and even an Urban Outfitters. But for those of us who like to eat a lot of food on a budget, the new Trader Joe’s is by far the most useful addition to the area. In addition to prompting the installation of better sidewalks and a life-preserving stoplight at the intersection out front, the new store is roomier than most other local TJs and offers bicycle racks. The only downside: the last few times we stopped in late on a Sunday afternoon, the place had been stripped barren by the weekend vultures. Time your visits right, though, and you’ll be fine. —Lauri Apple