The Spice House
1512 North Wells St
Chicago IL 60610

The Spice House on Wells Street is TEMPORARILY CLOSED due to fire. Thankfully, no one was harmed, but our shop has suffered damage and we will be closed for a short time while we rebuild our store.

Our Evanston store and Navy Pier kiosk are still open for all of your immediate needs. Thank you for your patience.

Since opening in 2001, there has been a lot of Spice House tradition in Old Town. That tradition will live on as we rebuild and reopen as soon as possible.

Regular Hours
Monday - Wednesday: 10:00 am - 6:00pm
Thursday - Saturday: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm


Our shop in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago opened its doors in June 2000. The history of the neighborhood dates back to the 1850s, when folks sold chickens and produce on the dirt street that is now occupied by the famous Second City comedy group, several live theaters, eclectic restaurants and The Spice House. At night it is lit with old harp-style street lamps and gas lanterns. It retains the feel of an old neighborhood while surrounded by modern high-rises and Chicago's Gold Coast.
Our Old Town shop is our smallest space, but it's one of our busiest. We serve some of Chicago's best chefs, who appreciate our commitment to freshness. We're as happy to help customers who stroll in for a sniff or a taste, or just to see what's new. Our back garden is a gorgeous space for events in the summer; we've hosted spice lectures, book signings, and a daily food tour. This shop was the backdrop for an episode of "Real Simple" for PBS, which showcased Patty's tutelage of spice storage techniques. Come visit us the next time you're in Chicago. We're just a hop, skip and a jump north of the loop.

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Why do cooks trust The Spice House?

With Tom and Patty Erd's commitment to quality products and expert sourcing, chefs have trusted this family business for decades. Order online or visit one of our four retail locations to shop for spices, herbs, and seasonings.
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Marvelous variety of spices! From baking mixes to exotic lesser known spices, this is my one stop shop for it all.

Sruthi Samraj, Google Review