Our Story

It wasn’t just sublime flavors that led Karen Rose to open a gourmet olive oil boutique. Karen, a long-time nurse, lost two family members to illnesses that have much lower incidence in Mediterranean countries. That’s when she decided to bring both the health benefits and the delectable flavors of olive oil to her Chicago neighborhood, Andersonville in 2007.

Of course it’s not just olive oil’s healthful properties, including high levels of beneficial fatty acids and antioxidants, which delight City Olive’s customers time and again. It’s also the taste, the old world allure and the bounty of delightful products that grace City Olive’s shelves. Carrying the finest selection of olive oils from countries such as Italy, Spain, Greece, France, Portugal, Turkey, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Chile and the United States, as well as vinegars, spices, mustards, tapenades and other gourmet items, City Olive’s charming boutique and  online shop bring together the culinary best of the old and new worlds.

A message from Karen Rose

“Our goal at City Olive is to create a warm and friendly boutique that attracts not only chefs and connoisseurs, but also inspires casual consumers to infuse a bit of fun and adventure in their daily meal preparations. I hope you enjoy these products as much as I do.”