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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in Chicago

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Chicago, IL. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Chicago's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Chicago. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it's easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Chicago, IL. We're proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We're here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain
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So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Chicago,
what are we talking about?

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Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

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Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

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If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Chicago, IL, you won't want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

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This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

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We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Chicago, IL.

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Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips


Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.


Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.


Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.


They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.


Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.


Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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Richardson wears Davidson T-shirt after viral video from 2023 NHL Draft

CHICAGO - Kyle Davidson became an internet sensation when Penalty Box Radio, not knowing he's the Chicago Blackhawks' general manager, interviewed him on the street prior to the 2023 Upper Deck NHL Draft in Nashville on Wednesday.Now Davidson's also got his own T-shirt.It's a "Kyle From Chicago" shirt, and Blackhawks coach Luke Richardson wore it when he addressed the media at the ...

CHICAGO - Kyle Davidson became an internet sensation when Penalty Box Radio, not knowing he's the Chicago Blackhawks' general manager, interviewed him on the street prior to the 2023 Upper Deck NHL Draft in Nashville on Wednesday.

Now Davidson's also got his own T-shirt.

It's a "Kyle From Chicago" shirt, and Blackhawks coach Luke Richardson wore it when he addressed the media at the team's development camp session at Fifth Third Arena on Saturday.

"My wife found it online and it's Kyle's birthday today. I thought I'd wear it," said Richardson on Davidson, who turns 35 on Saturday.

"[Davidson] saw me a few minutes ago and he's like, 'Oh, no.' The guys were having fun with it over there. He asked if I was wearing it here [to the presser] and he said, 'Oh, no' again. Stretch it out as long as you can."

The shirt is available online from Obvious Shirts, a Chicago-based T-shirt company. Davidson's video features him playing coy and not telling his interviewer he was the Blackhawks' GM until after it was finished. He answered questions about how many NHL players he could name in 20 seconds and said on a scale of 1 to 10 on hockey, he was a 4.

Richardson said he wasn't sure what he was watching was real.

"At first, I thought it was set up and I started getting texts from friends and family saying, 'That's got to be set up.' And I said, 'Yeah, it's got to be,'" he said.

"Then he was busy, and I heard him say something at the draft table. So I asked our PR department and they said, 'No. It was just random. Guy didn't maybe know hockey well and didn't know Kyle.' Just walking around a different city with his hat on backward, just incognito a little bit. I think Kyle was trying to hint the guy along when he started saying the whole Stanley Cup roster of the Chicago Blackhawks. It was pretty funny. I thought it was great. I had to go back and text everybody that it was real."

Obvious Shirts also has tees in honor of forward Connor Bedard, who the Blackhawks selected No. 1 at the draft, including "We Have Connor Bedard And You Don't."

'Really incredible' Seager homers in 1st at-bat off IL

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Bruce Bochy described this point of the season as a sprint. With the Trade Deadline in the rearview mirror, teams know what pieces are in place for the stretch run.“You have your club now. This is who you are,” Bochy said before Wednesday’s game. “Can’t thank ownership, front office enough for the work they did bringing in these really nice players to help us out. Now, it’s time for us to go to work.”A few hours later, there was no question that the message ...

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Bruce Bochy described this point of the season as a sprint. With the Trade Deadline in the rearview mirror, teams know what pieces are in place for the stretch run.

“You have your club now. This is who you are,” Bochy said before Wednesday’s game. “Can’t thank ownership, front office enough for the work they did bringing in these really nice players to help us out. Now, it’s time for us to go to work.”

A few hours later, there was no question that the message had been received. Plenty of Rangers put in work during an 11-1 rout of the White Sox at Globe Life Field, but All-Star shortstop Corey Seager and right-hander Dane Dunning were the biggest stars of the night.

Seager was activated off the injured list a couple of hours before first pitch, clearing the final hurdle when he hit against live pitching before the game. He continued to hit live pitching well once the contest kicked off, driving in the Rangers’ first three runs. Seager belted a two-run home run in the first inning, sending a 1-0 knuckle curve from White Sox starter Dylan Cease into the right-center-field seats. Then he sparked what became a five-run second inning with an RBI single.

He finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

“I felt good during my [live hitting sessions],” Seager said. “At this point, it’s kind of a pain tolerance thing, right? I felt like I could go. They were OK with me going, so we went.”

Seager had missed nine games with a sprained right thumb. He sustained the injury while making a headfirst slide into second base in a July 21 game vs. the Dodgers. But the thumb didn’t appear to bother him throughout the game.

Chicago’s first three batters hit balls to Seager to start the game and he had no issues fielding them, although Luis Robert Jr. reached on a soft single. Offensively, Seager shined for five innings before exiting with the Rangers leading 9-0.

“I don’t know what else to say about Corey. He’s amazing,” Bochy said. “He’s just that talented. He takes one day of live BP, says he’s good to go and the first at-bat [he hits a home run]. Really, really incredible what he did today.”

Dunning, meanwhile, dazzled on the mound with a career-high 11 strikeouts. He threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings before giving up a solo home run to Seby Zavala. That ended Dunning’s night, but he earned his first win since July 4.

Much like how Andrew Heaney answered the bell on Tuesday, Dunning stepped up as the Rangers' rotation faces competition after the Trade Deadline additions of Max Scherzer and Jordan Montgomery.

“Competition is a good thing,” Bochy said. “[Dunning] goes out there and is right on. I’m sure that might have been motivation, but throughout the season it’s been a good rotation. This is more who we are, and hopefully it gets contagious.”

Along with Seager and Dunning, Josh Jung had an impressive night. He entered the game 0-for-12 with six strikeouts over his past three games, but broke out of that mini-slump with a two-run home run and a double. Marcus Semien also went deep.

All of it resulted in a dominant victory for an organization that pushed its chips all-in at the Deadline. As Bochy said, the Rangers’ ownership and front office showed confidence by being aggressive and making big-time trades, highlighted by acquiring Scherzer and Montgomery.

By winning Wednesday, the Rangers remained atop the AL West standings. A loss would have dropped them a half-game behind the Astros. But the sprint is just getting started.

“It’s definitely coming down to the wire, but I don’t think anything changes for us,” Seager said. “We’ve been trying to win series all year. It’s just going out there and playing good baseball and trying to win the series.”

Quick Hits: Edmunds looms large in middle of Bears defense


When 6-5, 250-pound middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds is on the practice field, it seems like there's a redwood tree in the middle of the Bears defense.

"Justin [Fields] said it best the other day," said offensive coordinator Luke Getsy. "We have a scheme that should take advantage of somebody in the middle of the field, but the dude's like seven feet tall, and [with his] wingspan, it's not happening."

A two-time Pro Bowler in five seasons with the Bills, Edmunds signed a four-year contact with the Bears in March to anchor their defense. It's no surprise that his presence has been felt throughout the first seven training camp practices.

"He shrinks the windows for sure in the pass game," Getsy said. "And his ability to play sideline-to-sideline just really challenges an offense to be able to capture the edges."

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Fields has enjoyed the challenge that Edmunds presents in practice.

"I mean, goodness gracious," Fields said Wednesday. "We had one play today where if it was any other linebacker in the country, I mean [the receiver] would have been open. He's so huge. He definitely covers ground well too. It's been great for us as an offense to have him out there, to challenge us every day."

Edmunds revealed that he hit his biggest growth spurt as a high school sophomore.

"I grew tremendously," he said. "I was having knee pain and all that type of stuff. When I hit it, it was about filling my body out and becoming comfortable to get down in that linebacker stance."

While some players who grew like Edmunds at such an early age would be converted to defensive line, his athleticism enabled him to remain at his favorite position.

"Linebacker's been my love since Day 1," Edmunds said. "Thanks to the man above, my gifts allowed me to stick with that position and be able to get down, be able to do the things that come with playing that linebacker role. It's been my love, man, and I wouldn't trade it for nothing."

Moore leading by example

On and off the field, receiver DJ Moore has been everything the Bears expected when they traded for him and—pardon the pun—more.

The sixth-year pro was acquired along with four draft picks from the Panthers in exchange for the No. 1 selection in this year's draft.

"Most important, he's gone in that room and taken a really good leadership spot," Getsy said. "He does it by his work ethic, his humility. That guy's a grinder. He's all about his teammates, and when he makes a mistake, he owns it. That's all invaluable stuff that every young player is able to see, and then being in a relationship with the quarterback is important to him. So those young guys, again, learning the way to be a pro has probably been the best thing that we've been able to have with DJ in the room, despite all the good stuff he's doing on the field as well."

Moore, who averaged more than 72 receptions and 1,000 yards over his first five NFL seasons in Carolina—has produced impact plays throughout the first week of training camp. On Tuesday, he displayed his blazing speed by turning a quick slant into a big gain.

"He's such a powerful man," Getsy said. "His play strength and balance and body control are his strengths, for sure. He has patience when the ball's in the air too. That's a talent that I remember [former Packers receiver] James Jones talking about all the time back then, just having the patience to let the ball come to you and not let the DB know that the ball's right there until it's already caught. You can see those in him. It's been fun to let the young guys kind of learn that from him."

Shedd Aquarium Is Getting A $500 Million Overhaul. Here’s What It Will Look Like

DOWNTOWN — The Shedd Aquarium revealed new details Tuesday for its years-long renovation to overhaul existing exhibitions and add a 40-foot underwater tunnel.The plans are part of the aquarium’s ongoing $500 million Centennial Commitment initiative announced last year. It was created to update the Shedd and it make it more accessible by its 100th anniversar...

DOWNTOWN — The Shedd Aquarium revealed new details Tuesday for its years-long renovation to overhaul existing exhibitions and add a 40-foot underwater tunnel.

The plans are part of the aquarium’s ongoing $500 million Centennial Commitment initiative announced last year. It was created to update the Shedd and it make it more accessible by its 100th anniversary in 2030.

Renovations to 14 of the aquarium’s galleries and exhibitions will be made by 2027, according to a press release. The changes will not only be for guests but also the animals at the Shedd, officials said.

Among many changes will be the transformation of the aquarium’s North Gallery into an immersive tunnel exhibit, which will be the new home of the Shedd’s rescued green sea turtle, Nickel.

“By providing double the amount of water volume and state-of-the-art infrastructure to support a complex, warm saltwater environment, new spotted eagle rays will also join Nickel with over twice the space to swim and explore,” Shedd officials said.

Additionally, exhibitions will be changed to focus on the animals, their behaviors and the greater biodiversity of their environments, instead of the current focus on geography, leaders said.

These exhibitions will also allow guests to feel as if they are underwater, learn what kelp tastes like and examine how hagfishes use slime to protect themselves, according to the Shedd.

“We know that when people can truly connect with animals, it motivates an emotional, empathetic response that shifts attitudes and fosters a personal sense of responsibility for local waters, global oceans and wildlife,” Bridget Coughlin, the Shedd’s president and CEO, said. “People cannot care about something they do not know or understand, and it is only when we care about something, we are motivated to act — to love it, to protect it, to save it.”

The aquarium will remain open during the upgrades and renovations. New galleries, programs and experiences will open on a rolling basis.

Here is what’s set to be completed over the next four years:

Summer 2024

Summer 2026

Winter 2026

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Breaking down Mayor Brandon Johnson's transportation plan


We're back with a Smart Brevity™ breakdown of another topic in Mayor Brandon Johnson's transition report: transportation.

Why it matters: Greater Chicago saw about 280 million rides on public transportation in 2022, down from 560 million in 2019, according to the Regional Transportation Authority.

Catch up fast: We pored over the 223-page transition report to better understand the blueprint for Johnson's first term, as well as how he'll tackle big issues like getting riders back onto public transit.


The scope: The transition team's recommendations share a goal for how to better and more equitably get around the city and near suburbs.

Committee members: State Rep. Kam Buckner, who made the CTA a focal point of his mayoral run, and former state Sen. Kirk Dillard, chairman of the RTA, lead the 32-member group.

Goal 1: Get the CTA back on track after declines in ridership, reliability, safety and cleanliness during the pandemic.

Intriguing recommendations: Prioritize growing the city's bus rapid transit system with dedicated bus lanes, and improve bus and train service beyond rush hour.

Between the lines: The report stops short of calling directly for the firing of CTA head Dorval Carter, despite complaints from several alders that the transit chief skips City Council meetings and rarely rides the CTA.

Goal 2: Improve access to existing public transportation stations and service lines, especially on the South and West sides, where many residents live in "transit deserts."

Intriguing recommendations: Create more affordable housing and retail areas near transit stops.

What we're watching: How the RTA, which oversees CTA, Metra and Pace, can avoid a projected budget shortfall of $730 million by 2026, without raising fares.

Of note: The report lists a citywide network of connected, protected bike lanes and improvements for connecting bike paths to DuSable Lake Shore Drive as long-term recommendations.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that there were 280 million rides on public transportation in greater Chicago last year, not 280 million people relying on public transit.


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