After I recently published several vegan blog posts, I received questions about vegan restaurants or places that serve food dishes that don’t have meat, fish, chicken, or dairy in Chicago. Below are some of the places that I have visited in Chicago that offer vegan-friendly grub. If you have a favorite vegan restaurant that you like to go to, please share in the comments—even if it isn’t in Chicago. I may be in your city one day and would love to have options.
Blind Faith Cafe
Ambience: Comfortable, Friendly, Relaxed
Type of Food: Fresh globally inspired cuisine
Address: 525 Dempster Street / Evanston, IL 60201
What I like: I absolutely adore the peanut-butter chocolate cake and the barbeque seitan sandwich.
Who you should bring: This space is great for a family outing.
The Chicago Diner
Ambience: Quaint, Low-key, Casual
Type of Food: Comfort Food
Address: 3411 N Halsted St / Chicago, IL 60657 (multiple locations)
What I like: I frequent the Halsted street location a lot for the good food and late hours. Of the many items I enjoy eating there, my top items are the nachos, chickn’ n’ waffles (seasonal), country fried steak, spicy crispy chickün, and the chocolate cookie dough peanut butter shake (when made extra, extra, extra thick).
Who you should bring: Take your crew to eat or bring a date.
Ambience: Casual, Small, Loud Music
Type of Food: Comfort food
Address: 2311 W. North Ave. / Chicago, IL 60647
What I like: Unlike the other spots on this list, I’ve only been here once and experienced a dinner special that isn’t on the regular menu. My choice of tofu “fish” & chips with cherry pie for dessert didn’t disappoint me at all. It was good.
Who you should bring: Space is tight so someone you feel comfortable getting close to while you eat.
Karyn’s On Green
Since writing this post, this restaurant has closed, but Karyn has other vegan restaurants in Chicago too.
Ambience: Chic, Sexy, Urban
Type of Food: Remixed classic American dishes
Address: 130 S Green Street / Chicago, IL 60607 (has various vegan restaurants)
What I like: The desserts and cocktails are delicious. The tempura vegetables and steak fries basket is yummy too.
Who you should bring: It is a cool spot for date night or a professional lunch.
Native Foods Cafe
Ambience: Contemporary, Fast-casual
Type of Food: Made-from-scratch, chef-crafted cuisine
Address: 1518 East Harper Court / Chicago, IL 60615 (multiple locations in Chicago and other cities)
Cost: $$ Although it is fast-casual, it’s easy to spend a lot of money here. They have a daily special that includes a side. I recommend going on your favorite “daily special” day so that you save.
What I like: I’m still learning my way around the menu but I like the Chicken Run Ranch Burger and the peanut butter parfait.
Who you should bring: Go on a “me date” or take a friend for a quick bite to eat.
Original Soul Vegetarian (Chicago)
Ambience: Casual, Neighborhood mystique
Type of Food: Hearty, Soul Food inspired dishes
Address: 205 E 75th St / Chicago, IL 60619 (multiple locations in other cities)
What I like: I enjoy the desserts and the jerk tofu wrap with fries. Their homemade salad dressings are tasty too.
Who you should bring: If your family is open to a twist on soul food dishes…this is a nice option.
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