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15 Top Fancy and Healthy Fast Food Restaurants in Chicago

Good food doesn't have to be slow food at these quick and casual spots.

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Pants a little tight? Eyes a little droopy? Mood down in the dumps? The cure for what ails you might be on your plate. Fill it up with kale, cover it in quinoa or throw on some seared salmon at one of these 15 restaurants that serve up the healthy—and tasty—stuff, even when you're on a time crunch. Listed in alphabetical order.

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1. Belli's

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1215 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 307-7305
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Your local farmers market moves indoors at this Pilsen juice bar. Fresh and local produce are available for purchase or can be transformed into green juice, citrus “Blaster” loaded with vitamin C and beet “Booster.” The shop also sells vegan sandwiches, veggie wraps and seasonal soups.

2. Blue Door Farm Stand

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711 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 265-0259
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As the name suggests, farm-to-table is the game at this rustic restaurant that pulls produce and other ingredients from nearby farms. For those whose resolutions are still intact, order the smoked chicken salad on multigrain bread. If not, opt for the apple pie and bacon grilled cheese.

3. Brown Bag Seafood Co.

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340 E Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 496-3999
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Whether you want your fish blacked or broiled, this seafood shop specializes in all things aquatic. Its mix-and-match menu allows guests to pick a surf or turf, including teriyaki salmon and grilled chicken, and have it served on a salad, sandwich, taco, or straight up.

4. Chicago Diner

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3411 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 935-6696
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For 32 years this restaurant has been satisfying vegetarians and meat-eaters alike with a veggie-centric interpretations of greasy spoon staples. Think country fried seitan steak, mushroom “meat” loaf, and cauliflower-kale burgers.
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5. Doc B's Fresh Kitchen

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100 E Walton St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 626-1300
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The doctor is in and he’s written a prescription for quinoa salad, grilled salmon and avocado pizza to be filled on your next lunch break. Cocktails take a equally healthful approach — if you add alcohol to the food pyramid — with The "Beet"lejuice (CH gin, organic beet juice, mint and lemon) and "The Dangler" (bourbon, carrot juice and maple).

6. Freshii

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350 N La Salle Dr
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 836-0160
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If you find yourself hungry in the Downtown area, then chances are high that a Freshii is not far away. The Toronto-based chain stakes its claim on fresh food fast with wrapped filled with vegetables, bowls overflowing with brown rice and detoxifying juices.

7. Hannah's Bretzel

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180 W Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 621-1111
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Each sandwich starts with an organic pretzel roll, followed by free-range chicken or wild Alaskan salmon, lastly local white cheddar or fresh mixed greens to make every layer of this lunch good for you.

8. Harvest Juicery

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1012 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 265-0182
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Seven root juices, six green juices, five smoothies, and four nut milks add up to one very nutrient-rich assortment of drinkables. A recent addition to the menu is five-grain, six-seed bread from nearby Publican Quality Bread that can be topped with almond butter or avocado.

9. LYFE Kitchen

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413 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 836-5933
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After Art Smith lost the lbs., he turned his attention to a casual chain serving food that fit his new, healthy lifestyle. That meant the fried chicken had to go, and was replaced with an un-fried version served alongside roasted Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, and cashew cream sauce that maxes-out at 566 calories.
Marc Much

10. Naansense

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171 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 578-8825
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The craving for slow-braised lamb and tandoori chicken leads to lines out the door during lunch as well as the recent opening of a second location in the West Loop. This Indian-inspired restaurant follows a Chipotle model with build-your-own naanwiches, rice bowls and salads.

11. Native Foods

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1484 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 489-8480
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“I can’t believe it’s seitan,” is what you might be saying after a bowl of chili, piled-high Reuben or taco salad that are all completely vegan. Cashew cheese, faux bacon and organic tempeh are used to make every item meat- and dairy-free.

12. Owen + Alchemy

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2355 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 227-3444
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This sleek juice bar is easier on the waistline than it is on the wallet. For $10-$12 a pop, you can drink your daily supply of vitamins via one of a rainbow of juices. Grab a kelp noodle salad or acai berry bowl for a more filling alternative.
Marc Much

13. Protein Bar

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10 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 629-3609
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Buffalo burritos are usually on the naughty list when it comes to eating right. Unless you are eating at this protein-packed Chicago chain, then that burrito is made with vegan Buffalo sauce, all-natural chicken and organic quinoa wrapped in a whole-wheat flax tortilla with under 500 calories.

14. The Goddess And Grocer

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1649 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 342-3200
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For those who can resist the temptation of seven-layer rainbow cake, the rest of the menu items at this counter-service Chicago cafe chain are pretty safe for those counting calories. From chopped chicken salad to the magic mushroom sandwich, a satisfying lunch is only an order away.
Marc Much

15. Beatrix

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671 N. St. Clair
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 642-0001
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There’s lots to love about Lettuce Entertain You’s quick and casual concept that not only boasts a juice and coffee bar, but also a grab-and-go market. Favorites at both the new Streeterville and original River North locations include a crispy kale salad with persimmon and pumpkin seeds as well as a three-grain salad topped with roasted chicken.
Marc Much

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1. Belli's

1215 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608
Your local farmers market moves indoors at this Pilsen juice bar. Fresh and local produce are available for purchase or can be transformed into green juice, citrus “Blaster” loaded with vitamin C and beet “Booster.” The shop also sells vegan sandwiches, veggie wraps and seasonal soups.
1215 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608

2. Blue Door Farm Stand

711 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
As the name suggests, farm-to-table is the game at this rustic restaurant that pulls produce and other ingredients from nearby farms. For those whose resolutions are still intact, order the smoked chicken salad on multigrain bread. If not, opt for the apple pie and bacon grilled cheese.
711 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

3. Brown Bag Seafood Co.

340 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
Whether you want your fish blacked or broiled, this seafood shop specializes in all things aquatic. Its mix-and-match menu allows guests to pick a surf or turf, including teriyaki salmon and grilled chicken, and have it served on a salad, sandwich, taco, or straight up.
340 E Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601

4. Chicago Diner

3411 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657
Chicago Diner
For 32 years this restaurant has been satisfying vegetarians and meat-eaters alike with a veggie-centric interpretations of greasy spoon staples. Think country fried seitan steak, mushroom “meat” loaf, and cauliflower-kale burgers.
3411 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657

5. Doc B's Fresh Kitchen

100 E Walton St, Chicago, IL 60611
The doctor is in and he’s written a prescription for quinoa salad, grilled salmon and avocado pizza to be filled on your next lunch break. Cocktails take a equally healthful approach — if you add alcohol to the food pyramid — with The "Beet"lejuice (CH gin, organic beet juice, mint and lemon) and "The Dangler" (bourbon, carrot juice and maple).
100 E Walton St
Chicago, IL 60611

6. Freshii

350 N La Salle Dr, Chicago, IL 60654
If you find yourself hungry in the Downtown area, then chances are high that a Freshii is not far away. The Toronto-based chain stakes its claim on fresh food fast with wrapped filled with vegetables, bowls overflowing with brown rice and detoxifying juices.
350 N La Salle Dr
Chicago, IL 60654

7. Hannah's Bretzel

180 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602
Each sandwich starts with an organic pretzel roll, followed by free-range chicken or wild Alaskan salmon, lastly local white cheddar or fresh mixed greens to make every layer of this lunch good for you.
180 W Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602

8. Harvest Juicery

1012 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607
Seven root juices, six green juices, five smoothies, and four nut milks add up to one very nutrient-rich assortment of drinkables. A recent addition to the menu is five-grain, six-seed bread from nearby Publican Quality Bread that can be topped with almond butter or avocado.
1012 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607

9. LYFE Kitchen

413 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
Marc Much
After Art Smith lost the lbs., he turned his attention to a casual chain serving food that fit his new, healthy lifestyle. That meant the fried chicken had to go, and was replaced with an un-fried version served alongside roasted Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, and cashew cream sauce that maxes-out at 566 calories.
413 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

10. Naansense

171 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60606
The craving for slow-braised lamb and tandoori chicken leads to lines out the door during lunch as well as the recent opening of a second location in the West Loop. This Indian-inspired restaurant follows a Chipotle model with build-your-own naanwiches, rice bowls and salads.
171 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60606

11. Native Foods

1484 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
“I can’t believe it’s seitan,” is what you might be saying after a bowl of chili, piled-high Reuben or taco salad that are all completely vegan. Cashew cheese, faux bacon and organic tempeh are used to make every item meat- and dairy-free.
1484 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622

12. Owen + Alchemy

2355 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Marc Much
This sleek juice bar is easier on the waistline than it is on the wallet. For $10-$12 a pop, you can drink your daily supply of vitamins via one of a rainbow of juices. Grab a kelp noodle salad or acai berry bowl for a more filling alternative.
2355 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

13. Protein Bar

10 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60601
Buffalo burritos are usually on the naughty list when it comes to eating right. Unless you are eating at this protein-packed Chicago chain, then that burrito is made with vegan Buffalo sauce, all-natural chicken and organic quinoa wrapped in a whole-wheat flax tortilla with under 500 calories.
10 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60601

14. The Goddess And Grocer

1649 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Marc Much
For those who can resist the temptation of seven-layer rainbow cake, the rest of the menu items at this counter-service Chicago cafe chain are pretty safe for those counting calories. From chopped chicken salad to the magic mushroom sandwich, a satisfying lunch is only an order away.
1649 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

15. Beatrix

671 N. St. Clair, Chicago, IL 60611
Marc Much
There’s lots to love about Lettuce Entertain You’s quick and casual concept that not only boasts a juice and coffee bar, but also a grab-and-go market. Favorites at both the new Streeterville and original River North locations include a crispy kale salad with persimmon and pumpkin seeds as well as a three-grain salad topped with roasted chicken.
671 N. St. Clair
Chicago, IL 60611

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