Looking for a quick guide to vegan options in Chicago? Look no further! As one of the most vegan and vegetarian friendly cities in the world, these vegan restaurants in Chicago, IL should be at the top of your bucketlist.
Keep reading to discover your next favorite restaurant! If you’re just looking for the one nearest to you, scroll to the bottom or click on “Map of Vegan Restaurants. . .” to be taken directly there.
Table of contents: 13 Vegan Restaurants in Chicago, IL You NEED to Visit
- Kitchen 17
- Chicago Diner
- Original Soul Vegetarian
- Urban Vegan
- Healthy Substance
- Chicago Raw
- Kale My Name
- I’m Vegan and Vegetarian
- Ground Control
- Upton’s Breakroom
- Alice and Friends Vegan Kitchen
- Map of Vegan Restaurants in Chicago IL You NEED to Visit
- Where to Stay in Chicago, IL
- What to Do in Chicago, IL
- Organizing Your Chicago Trip
- Discover More Vegan Eats and Places to Explore
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If you’re looking for vegan deep dish in Chicago, look no further!
Kitchen 17 near Uptown has got to be one of my favorite vegan restaurants ever. It’s a casual atmosphere with board games galore. The appetizers are massive and easily a filling meal between two. I highly recommend the spinach and artichoke dip, chili fries, and whatever you do, order the deep dish mac and cheese pizza.
We ordered 2 appetizers and 1 medium and 1 small deep dish pizza and we had so many leftovers to snack on after we got back from a night out. I can’t recommend this restaurant enough and I will definitely be going back when I’m in Chicago.
Location: 3132 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657
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Another phenomenal choice when in Chicago. While not completely vegan (completely vegetarian though), the Chicago Diner has a ton of great comfort food options and they have a great brunch selection. Try the milkshakes, they’re vegan!
Location:3411 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657
Although we stopped by for lunch, this seems like a great place to head to for dinner and drinks. This vegetarian restaurant has plenty of vegan options. The lighting is incredibly dark and tables small, so it’s got a very cozy vibe and would be great for a date night. The food was good and the portions decent. I highly recommend the fried plantains and the vegan hot chocolate with marshmallows. I would love to go back in the evening for drinks, but it wouldn’t be my first choice for a casual lunch.
Note: All of the parking on the side streets is for residents only so you’ll need to be prepared to pay a few dollars for street parking.
Location: 2311 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
“Serving food as medicine for 30+ years”. If you’re looking to take a break from the deep friend plantains and delicious cakes, head to Original Soul Vegetarian, a great vegan restaurant in Chicago, IL. Although their name says “vegetarian” they are in fact 100% plant based.
Location: 203 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619, United States
Matthew Kenney Cuisine, the owner of Althea and tens of other plant-based restaurants around the United States, believe that the future of food is plant-based – and we couldn’t agree more!
If you’re looking for classy fine dining like you’ve never had it before, Althea is the place to go. They also have a wide variety of gluten-free options, so everyone in your group will find something amazing!
Location: 700 North Michigan Ave. 7th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60611
Curries, chicken satay, fried rice, wraps, and more, all at Urban Vegan! If you’re looking for delicious Thai food, you know just where to head. You can also find them on their own mobile app.
Location: 1601-1603 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613, United States
Vegan Mexican food at an amazing vegan restaurant in Chicago, IL? Yes, please! Healthy Substance is the only fully vegan Mexican kitchen in Chicago, complete with smoothies, juices, a full dessert menu, and of course, delicious mains you wn’t be abe to get enough of!
Location: 6852 W. Archer Ave Chicago, IL 60638
Sourced straight from nature, Chicago Raw is a plant-based and raw restaurant whose goal is to show how food can be high quality fuel for your body. You’ll find a wide variety of options to choose from including breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks, and dessert!
Location: 131 N Clinton St #7, Chicago, IL 60661
Plant-based food inspired by dishes from around the world. This restaurant is definitely kaleing your name! With menu sections called, “I’m not really hungry but I’m gonna eat anyway” to “Wrap it up”, “Side chick”, and “It’s Mexico somewhere” you know you’re in for a treat.
Location: 3300 W Montrose Ave, Chicago IL 60618
Enjoy vegetarian and vegan Thai food in Chicago, IL through a fusion of traditional methods and modern interpretation. Just like its name, I’m Vegan and Vegetarian is indeed a fully vegan and veggie restaurant with beautiful dishes you’ll Thai for (are you tired of the puns yet?)!
Location: 2907 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60657
We all know the feeling: somebody wants Thai, someone wants Italian, and another person just wants a few fries, but no one wants to pay their own delivery fee. Ground Control in Chicago is where it’s at! Their menu features dishes inspired by cuisines from all over the world, so there’s something that surely everyone will love. Ground Control is a vegetarian restaurant with many vegan options.
Location: 3315 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, United States
Head on down to Seitanville and grab some vegan comfort food and the famous soy-based ice-cream! Upton’s Breakroom is an unassuming little shop where you can not only sit down for a bite, but you can shop their products as well. You’ve almost definitely seen their products as you wander the health food store – check out the packaging below! Plus, at their breakroom location, you can also check out their newest shop, Liberation Donuts.
Location: 2054 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60612, United States
Veganism supports a more ethical and sustainable world, and Alice & Friends Vegan Kitchen in Chicago, IL embody just these principles! You’ll find delicious food from around the world, and what’s even better is that their menu is seasonal. That means you’ll know that your purchase doesn’t have to be flown from across the world to make it to your plate.
Location: 5812 N Broadway Chicago, IL 60660
Map of Vegan Restaurants in Chicago IL You NEED to Visit
Use the map below to find the restaurants nearest to you!
Where to Stay in Chicago, IL
No matter where you stay, Chicago has incredible vegan restaurants and exciting things to do. However, if you want to be central where most of the tourist attractions and vegan restaurants are, try the Lincoln Park area.
Use the interactive map below to explore Airbnbs and hotels in the Lincoln Park, Chicago area.
What to Do in Chicago, IL
Now that you know where to eat and where to stay, it’s time to figure out what to do! Here’s a quick guide of the best things to do in Chicago, IL – once you’ve finished exploring the vegan scene of course. 😉
- Visit The Bean in Millennium Park
- Get a Go City Chicago Pass to save on major attractions
- Visit the American Girl Store (it’s pretty impressive no matter your age!)
- Do a Chicago Big Bus Tour to get a better understanding of the city
- Take a photo tour of Chicago
- Visit the Chicago Skydeck and Willis Tower
- Take a boat tour or river cruise to see Chicago from a different viewpoint
- Spend the day at the Field Museum
- Explore Navy Pier
- Head to the Art Institute of Chicago
Organizing Your Chicago Trip
One of the most stressful parts of traveling is keeping this organized. You probably book on so many different platforms and have lists here and there of places to visit. Not to mention that if you’re going with someone else they probably have their own plans and want to easily access yours.
Check out our essential travel apps guide and particularly look at Wanderlog and TripIt, two of our favorite apps to organize travel plans.
After Chicago, why not keep heading north into Canada? Make sure you understand your visa requirements or you risk having to worry about a national pardon. Better safe than sorry!
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