Grocery delivery options Chicago. Now that the Mayor is enforcing the lockdown order you may want to avoid going outside at all. There are two ways to get groceries etc. to your home: delivered (usually by Instacart for same, next day or so delivery) or shipped via UPS, Fed Ex, etc. where they may arrive in a couple days or longer. If you’re unfamiliar with Instacart see below.
Grocery delivery options Chicago Covid-19 lockdown
New restrictions apply for shipping at many stores so read all the details. Delivery and shipping availability may vary by location. Keep in mind that many stores are short staffed and Instacart is inundated. The key is to be flexible. Availability varies by the day. Make a list and keep checking store websites for your items. Also the deals and offers I mention below were good at time of publication and are subject to change.
If you want to pick up supplies read this post: Grocery pickup options Chicago
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Aldi: Instacart. Free delivery on first 3 orders of $35 or more. Use code SHOPALDI20. Shipping not available.
Caputo’s: Delivery flat fee $10. Minimum order $50 before taxes and fees. No shipping option.
Costco: Costco Grocery offers both Same-Day Delivery and 2-Day Delivery. Only Costco members are able to shop using these options. Visit their website to shop both options, or shop Same-Day Delivery through Instacart. The 2-Day Delivery option allows you to shop non-perishable food items and household supplies. This service is offered nationwide, and does not offer weekend deliveries. Shipping available on select items.
Dollar General: No same day/next day option. Shipping available. No free shipping option.
Fairplay: Instacart. Shipping not available.
Food 4 Less: Instacart. Shipping not available.
Fresh Thyme: Instacart. Shipping not available.
H Mart: Instacart. Shipping available Orders $49+ free or $5.00
Jewel-Osco: Instacart. Shipping not available.
Mariano’s: Instacart. Shipping not available.
Meijer: $9.95 for delivery. Shipping not available.
Pete’s Fresh Market: Instacart. $10 off first Instacart delivery using INSTAPETES19. Shipping not available.
Plum Market: Instacart. Shipping not available.
Potash: Delivery through Mercato. Get $10 off your first order. Delivery fee depends on distance from the store, starting at $5.99. Call between 9AM-2PM to speak to a personal shoppers. Give them a list of your needs, and get Potash delivered right to your door. Convenience fee of $6.00 for phone orders, and a delivery fee of $7.00. If your total is over $150.00, the delivery fee is waved. Shipping not available.
Sunset Foods: Instacart or Sunset eGrocer. Shipping not available.
Target: Use Instacart, Target Restock and Shipt can be used for next day delivery. Target Restock is free for RedCard holders. Non-RedCard holders $2.99 per-order delivery fee. Target Restock wasn’t available downtown when I checked. You can sign up for a four week free trial of Shipt, and then pay a $99/year fee to continue. There is a $35 order minimum for all same, next day delivery services. You can also order online and have items shipped. Shipping is also available and is free on orders of $35+.
Tony’s Fresh Market: Instacart. Shipping not available.
Trader Joe’s: No same day/next day delivery option. Shipping not available.
Walgreens: Postmates. Free shipping, no minimum.
Walmart: Walmart Grocery offers delivery. You must pay a per-order $9.95 delivery fee or enroll in their Delivery Unlimited plan. With Delivery Unlimited, you’ll pay $12.95/month or $98/year after their 15-day free trial. You can also order online and have items shipped. Shipping is free on orders $35+.
Whole Foods: Free 2-hour delivery for Amazon Prime members. Whole Foods Market delivery is available by invitation only at this time.
What is Instacart
Instacart is a grocery delivery service that delivers in as little as an hour. You place an order online and they send it to a Personal Shopper in your area who shops for you and delivers your order in their personal vehicle. Instacart is not a retailer or a seller of groceries or other merchandise.
Delivery is free on your first order. The delivery fee depends on the size of your order and the delivery time that you choose. The fee for each delivery will be displayed when selecting a delivery window during checkout, before you place your order. You can sign up for Instacart Express for either $9.99/month or $99/year. You can also try it for free with their 14-day free trial. With Instacart Express, you’ll get free delivery for orders $35 and over.
There is also a service fee of 5% (or $2 minimum) applied to non-alcohol items for non-Express members. Express members also pay a service fee, but it’s lower. Also, if you ask them to shop at more than one store, there’s a delivery fee per store.