There are 17 different Trader Joe's locations in Illinois. However, there are some cities and towns in the state that don't have one.

Based on where I live, the demand for a Trader Joe's is pretty high. Folks drive out to the suburbs just to get their hands on some of the one-of-a-kind styled items only Trader Joe's has to offer.

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Trader Joe's:

Trader Joe’s is a national chain of neighborhood grocery stores. We are committed to providing our customers outstanding value in the form of the best quality products at the best everyday prices. Through our rewarding products and knowledgeable, friendly Crew Members, we have been transforming grocery shopping into a welcoming journey full of discovery and fun since 1967.

The first one opened in Los Angeles under the name Pronto Markets, and since then Trader Joe's has expanded to over 500 different stores across America.

After a most recent poll asking Rockford residents which store, business, or restaurant they would most like to see come to the Forest City, the resounding choice was Trader Joe's.

And while it's no big deal just to make a longer trip, how nice would it be to just have your very own Trader Joe's in your own city?

Actually, it's not that hard to make it happen, and here's how.

Just "Request a Trader Joe's" on their website and while they say "There are no guarantees, but being wanted matters to us." it's still worth giving it a shot.

Put in your first and last name, your email address, city, state, and comments then hit the "submit request" button and you're all set.

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I believe the more passionate you get in the comments section, the better chance there'll be to get a Trader Joe's in Rockford or wherever you live in Illinois.

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