My guide to Chicago is here!

I get asked all the time about my favorite places to eat in the city, so I rounded them all up into this list! I labeled whether or not they are vegetarian friendly, gluten free friendly, and what neighborhood you can find them in!

I recommend looking up the names on yelp or instagram to see pictures of the food- it’s my favorite way to research a spot before going! 😉

1.For healthy lunch or dinner (that actually tastes amazing!)

True Food Kitchen (vegan and gluten free options)

neighborhood: River North

2. For amazing Mediterranean food

Ema (vegan and gluten free options)

neighborhood: River North


neighborhood: Lincoln Park

3. For the best healthy grab-and-go lunch

Fare (vegan, gluten free, paleo options)

neighborhood: The Loop

4. For grab-and-go salads:


neighborhoods: West Loop, River North

5. For a brunch menu with a little something for everyone:

Summer House (vegetarian and gluten free options)

neighborhood: Lincoln Park


neighborhood: Fulton Market or River North

6. Cute cafes with good drinks and vibes

Printers Row Coffee Co.

neighborhood: Lincoln Park

Nomad Chicago

neighborhood: River North

7. For smoothies and vegan “froyo”

Real Good Juice (vegan and gluten free options)

neighborhood: River North, Old Town, or Bucktown

8. For an oat milk or turmeric latte

Caffe Streets (vegan and gluten free options)

neighborhood: Wicker Park

neighborhood: Wicker Park

9. For a brunch with diner vibes and a fun menu

Doves Luncheonette (vegetarian options)

neighborhood: Wicker Park

10. For one of my favorite brunch or lunch spots, with an amazing farm-to-table menu

Lula Cafe (vegan and gluten free options)

neighborhood: logan square

11. For a veggie-forward menu

Bad Hunter (vegan and gluten free options)

neighborhood: west loop

12. for cool lattes and a cool vibe

Sawada Coffee

neighborhood: West Loop

13. For an entirely gluten free menu

Little Beet Table (vegetarian and gluten free options)

neighborhood: Gold Coast

14. For amazing asian inspired food, awesome vibes, and one of the greatest chefs in Chicago

Duck Duck Goat (vegetarian options)

neighborhood: West Loop

15. For handmade pastas and cute outdoor seating

Daisies (vegetarian and gluten free options)

neighborhood: Logan Square

16. For the cutest popsicles!

Pretty Cool Ice Cream (vegan and gluten free options)

neighborhood: Logan Square

17. For good a$$ tacos and the cutest vibes

Lonesome Rose (vegetarian options)

neighborhood: Logan Square

18. For healthier asian grab-and-go stir-fries + create your own bowls

Bright Wok (vegan and gluten free options, + peanut free!)

neighborhood: River North and The Loop

19. For fried chicken/fish (and also a grilled chicken option) and fun drinks

Parson’s Chicken and Fish

neighborhood: Logan Square and Lincoln park

20. For my favorite place to do work and/or get a great latte with homemade almond milk and delicious sourdough bread and pastries


neighborhood: Lincoln Park

21. For date night pizza and pasta


neighborhood: Bucktown

22. For insanely good biscuits + pie

bang bang pie

neighborhood: Logan Square, Ravenswood

23. For a good a$$ sandwich, real sourdough bread, and an old-school style deli:

Publican Quality Meats (vegetarian options)

neighborhood: West Loop

24. For old school Italian i’ve been eating since I was a baby


neighborhood: Vernon Park

Club Lucky (gluten free options)

neigborhood: Bucktown

25. For a good brunch and green juice

Cafe Robey

neighborhood: Bucktown

26. The best classic bakery

sweet mandy b’s

neighborhood: lincoln park

27. My favorite simple sushi


neighborhood: Wicker Park

Chicago Restaurants, Favorites, Travel Guides


Oct 31, 2019

My Restaurant Guide to Chicago

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  1. Jessica says:

    This is awesome!! Thanks ????

  2. Ashley says:

    This is the best Chicago guide!! I look at this every time I visit and am slowly working my way through the whole list. So far I’ve been to Ema, Summer House, Sweetgreen, Beatrix, Little Beet Table, Duck Duck Goat, and Bright Wok all because of this guide and all of them have been absolutely amazing!

  3. Kelly says:

    Ema is my new favorite restaurant in Chicago!!! Thanks for the recommendation!

  4. Whitney says:

    You MUST try Spacca Napoli in Roscoe Village for the best traditional Neapolitan style pizza, if you haven’t!

  5. Sonia says:

    I was in Chicago last weekend and brought up this list beforehand.., went to Ema! Best food and atmosphere! Perfect spot. Thank you so much for this! Can’t wait to try another place off the list 🙂

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