Vegan Eating in Chicago

Vegan Eating in Chicago

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My first internship boss, Leanne Hilgart of ethical fashion company Vaute Couture grew up in Chicago, and I always knew the vegan scene would be amazing in the windy city because of that. Spoiler alert, the vegan scene in Chicago is great (with Mid-Western portions), the city is beautiful, and here are my tips to enjoy your time there!

What to Eat

Chicago Diner

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Old school diner that's been meat free since 1983. Chicago Diner is like Champs to me, but in Chicago. They have an amazing rueben, diner style seating, and some serious milk shakes.

Two locations, one in Logan Square and Lake View

Kitchen 17

 Fully Loaded Deep Dish Pizza with house made Italian soy sasuage crumbles

Fully Loaded Deep Dish Pizza with house made Italian soy sasuage crumbles

Chicago deep dish pizza will not replace New York City slices for me, but Kitchen 17 does a great job of putting up some tough competition. They also have an amazing chili mac and cheese!

3132 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657

Native Foods

 Orange chicken cauliflower, Thai Red Curry Soup, Jackfruit Taco, Mac and Cheese

Orange chicken cauliflower, Thai Red Curry Soup, Jackfruit Taco, Mac and Cheese

Native Foods has multiple locations throughout Chicago and is a fast casual chain great for a workday lunch. They have a rotating seasonal menu and some solid flavors in all their dishes that play with bold Asian flavors.

Multiple Locations

Stan's Donuts

A donut shop that feels old-school and homey with its bright pink branding, coffee menu, and freshly made donuts. They have two vegan doughnuts, so I chose the classic cinnamon sugar option!

Multiple locations

Ramen Takeya

 upton’s seitan ragu, mushroom and seaweed broth,  buckwheat noodle, scallion, sesame, bok choy, chili oil, chili threads

upton’s seitan ragu, mushroom and seaweed broth,

buckwheat noodle, scallion, sesame, bok choy, chili oil, chili threads

Small ramen restaurant that feels like the streets of Osaka with its Japanese signage all around. They have one vegan tan tan ramen option with soba noodles and a rich broth. Great for when all the restaurants in the West Loop are booked up and you just want a quick eat.

819 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

Places I didn't get to try, but come highly recommended:

What to Do

Cloud Gate (The Bean) and Millennium Park

Cloud Gate is a popular sculpture that's probably all over your friend's Instagram when they visit Chicago. The sculpture is shaped like a bean and is fully reflective all around. While you're here taking your selfies, walk around the park because it's full of art and great spots to lay in the grass.

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Sky Deck

A touristy spot but great for viewing all of Chicago! On the 103rd floor of the Sears Tower, there is a 360 degree view of the city as well as some areas where the floor is transparent/made of glass, so you can see all the way to the bottom.

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Second City Comedy Show

Incredibly famous improv group that originated in Chicago. They have tons of shows going on everyday, and it's worth it if you love laughing.

Museum of Science and Industry

This museum is HUGE. In fact, it's one of the largest science museum int he world. It's full of interactive exhibits that teach you while being fun. 

Bike Riding by the Lake

There are a ton of bikes you can rent all over Chicago (like our CitiBike), and there's a perfect path by the lake to ride down. Save on some Ubers, get your legs peddling, and enjoy the view! Unless it's winter, then take the Uber

Punch Bowl Social

A fun place dedicated to hanging out with friends and grab some drinks. They have karaoke, bowling, ping pong, giant jenga, giant scrabble, and lots of other games. 

Where to Stay

I stayed in Wicker Park the first time I went to Chicago because it has a similar vibe to Williamsburg and had a lot of cute shops and cafes. However, if you want to be in the heart of downtown Chicago, then stay within the loop!

 Rainy and foggy but beautiful!
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Everything I ate at Eat Drink Vegan (LA) 2018

Everything I ate at Eat Drink Vegan (LA) 2018