• Common Ground Co-op

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Serves meat, vegan options available. Health food and natural grocery store with deli cafe inside offering sandwiches and pizza (till 6pm), morning oatmeal (till 11am), daily soups and salad bar (till 8pm), coffee and other beverages. Has seating inside. Store stock includes fresh fruits and vegetables; range of dry, frozen, canned foods; an extensive bulk section; cleaning products for home and body as well as supplements and beauty products; wine and beer. Open Mon-Sun 8:00am-10:00pm.

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9 Reviews

First Review by CowGirl56


Points +230

24 Jun 2022


Great vegan grab and go options and a big selection of vegan grocery items!

Updated from previous review on 2021-09-14



Points +26

23 May 2022


I would give 5 stars but the app won’t let me! Nothing bad to say about this place. Lots of vegan and vegetarian pre-made meals for $6-$8. They also sometimes have veggie sushi. And they have vegan bakery item such as cookies, brownies, and some cakes! There is a sandwich shop inside too that has a hummus veggie sandwich which is amazing and only $6. Highly recommend to everyone.


Points +266

26 Aug 2018


This was the first grocery store that I started to frequent after becoming vegan. There are a lot of great options for vegans and vegetarians here such as freshly made deli sandwiches, locally baked pastries, breakfast burritos, pasta salads, hot soups, bulk snacks, etc. They also have a fantastic beer selection and stock high-quality, fresh, local produce daily. In addition, their grocery carries a wide variety of organic/healthy products.

Pros: Vast selection, Friendly staff, Community events and classes

Cons: Can be a bit pricey


Points +22

19 Aug 2017


This store has a lot of healthy and vegetarian products.

Pros: Lots of organic and vegetarian options, They have a small cafe with good food

Cons: Probably a little more expensive then a regular gr


Points +19

25 Mar 2017

I love the co-op!

They carry things (like my tomato soup) that I can't find anywhere else! They also have a great selection of veg food.


Points +70

26 Dec 2015

Lots of vegan prepared food!

I always stop at Common Ground when I'm in Urbana.

The cafe offers made-to-order sandwiches, vegan pizza by the slice, and hot soups. I love the vegan seitan reuban and the butternut squash sandwich is equally amazing (both can be made vegan with daiya).

I am totally addicted to the vegan scones. There is generally a whole-wheat option (my favorite) and a few "regular" flour options (scone flavors vary but are always delicious and often creative--strawberry-basil, banana-chocolate-chip, raspberry-lemon). There are also vegan cookies, muffins, and brownies in the pastry shelf area. Everything is always very fresh.

The salad bar has hearty vegan toppings like baked tofu and marinated gigante beans. The vegan prepared food usually includes hummus, chickpea salad (love this stuff), tofu "egg" salad, pasta and grain salads, potato salads, raw kale salad, vegan cold sandwiches and breakfast burritos, tofu quiche, and vegan ready-to-heat dinners (like tofu pad thai). Desserts include vegan chocolate mouse and pie slices. For a vegan who likes to eat and prefers not to cook much, this place is heaven! Prices are very reasonable too.

The produce is also excellent with many organic and local options and there's plenty of grocery items if you do want to cook (typical health food/coop selection). They also have a nice bath & body section.

Whether you want groceries or a hot meal, you really can't beat this place!

Pros: Very vegan-friendly, Cafe, prepared foods, baked goods, Excellent produce, complete groceries


Points +64

06 Dec 2014

Only place in town with gluten-free vegan pizza!

I love the co-op overall, but I especially love their deli and bakery.

They have vegan baked goods and to-go food, as well as vegan hot food. I was surprised to find a variety of vegan pizzas available to order, and then I was floored to find they also have gluten-free options! Common Ground is the only place I've ever been able to have a vegan gluten-free pizza, and it was delicious -- packed with a nice variety of veggies!

My only gripe is that the pizzas are thin crust and probably 14" (I didn't measure) and run about $15 after tax, which is a bit pricey.

Pros: Vegan deli and bakery items, Vegan hot food to go, A few GF + Vegan items!

Cons: Price slightly high


Points +16

Mostly Veg
02 Aug 2010

The awesomest co-op ever!

Since moving to it's new location in Lincoln Square Mall, Common Ground has not only expanded it size, but it has, most importantly, become even more accessible to the community. They have an impressive selection of bulk items, and their produce (all organic and, when possible, local) is wonderful. Their deli is pretty kick-ass, with anything from baked goods to quiche to salads. Not everything is vegetarian or vegan (they have some frozen meats), but the deli is completely vegetarian, and most items are vegan. If you have any questions about any of the food items, the employees are always more than happy to help. So, if you haven't been, go check out Common Ground and support your local co-op!

Pros: good value, friendly staff, wide selection

Cons: pricey specialty items


Points +27

16 Apr 2009

VERY nice

Very nice new store! Great selection, decent prices. Deli has many ready to eat vegan and vegetarian meals. Great for a quick lunch.

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