About Us

Our Story

To Be or not to Be?

Be Market founder and owner Vade Sankar faced this basic question ten years ago, when a high stress job led to health concerns. He devoted himself to learning about good food for good health and discovering a better lifestyle.

Vade brought his research and analytical skills – honed by a long career in finance with a focus on risk management – into this quest. The Trinidad ntive labored three years in a test kitchen before opening Be Market. He formulated his Be Green elixir, which everyone liked. Even his personal trainer was impressed!

Now you will find Be Green amidst our diverse range of healthy foods from different regions. Be Market offers gourmet comfort foods that promote wellness and a healthy lifestyle. In addition to the packaged foods and groceries, there is a dine-in menu from the basement kitchen. A large communal table accommodating up to 14 people fills the center of our space. There’s also counter seating and two tabled standing areas.

We’re pleased to provide a cozy place in the heart of Lake Bluff, where you can shop, enjoy a glass of wine or beer, and meet people in a fun environment. The shop’s feel is relaxed, the lighting is soft and low energy.

One of Vade’s favorite things in the shop is a Himalayan salt lamp at the register.
“It helps to cleanse the air,” he says.

“We’re like a small European café with a real wellness vibe”
Vade Sankar

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What We Offer

Fresh Daily Cuisine

We offer superb soups, fresh salads, dairy-free pizzas and creative open-faced sandwiches. Try our Avocado Toast and PLT (Portobello, lettuce, and tomato) on gluten-free or Ezekiel bread. Tasty sides include baked sweet potato fries and spinach artichoke dip. You might even add our Portobello bacon, hummus, and probiotic sauerkraut!

Packaged Fresh Foods

Maple syrup from Vermont-based Idle Hour Maple, stone-milled breads from Zapp’s Dancing Green in Glenview, microgreens from Grow Well Farms’ greenhouse at the Lake Forest Country Day School, organic small-batch Naturally Nutty Peanut Butter out of Michigan, and much, much more.

Craft Beer and Wine

A selection of fine wines is accompanied by craft brews such as Green Flash Beer, Brown Sugga’ Ale, and La Fin du Monde.

Coming Up

What’s new? It’s all new! But Be Market anticipates expanding our offerings to include juice cleanses, monthly beer tastings, even breakfast.

Hours of Operation

11:00am – 9:00pm


11:00am - 7:00pm

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