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16 of the Best Healthy Restaurants in Chicago

Where to keep that wholesome diet going all year long

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It's the start of a new year and Chicagoans may be hitting the gym hard. And just because certain foods are good for the body doesn't mean they have to be devoid of flavor. The following restaurants are both healthy and delicious, so folks won’t have to limit themselves when dining out. New additions to the list include veggie-focused Clever Rabbit and The Little Beet Table, and South Side favorites B’Gabs Goodies and Majani.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Left Coast

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2878 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 880-5338
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As the name suggests, this fast casual restaurant draws on the West Coast for inspiration. Juices, smoothies, and other drinks like kombucha on tap provide healthy nutrients, while the rest of the menu includes salads, grain bowls, and wraps.

2. Clever Rabbit

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2015 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 697-8711
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Fresh and seasonal vegetables steal the spotlight at this rustic-chic West Town spot. Instead of dressing produce in unhealthy butter and creams, the kitchen prepares dishes like roasted carrot dumplings with miso and lemongrass; cauliflower with Thai chili, cilantro, mint, and cucumber; and beets with cranberry, ancho chili, pistachio, goat cheese, and greens. There’s also a selection of non-alcoholic cocktails for guilt-free indulgence.

3. Doc B's Fresh Kitchen

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100 E Walton St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 626-1300
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Fresh and delicious meals are the name of the game here. The Wok Out Bowl is a go-to favorite, letting guests choose their protein, sauce, and base of rice, noodles, or quinoa. It’s finished with veggies and chopped cashews for a healthy fix that’ll satisfy all diets.

4. The Little Beet Table

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845 N State St ste 101
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 549-8600
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The New York-based import focuses on creating gluten-free, vegetable-forward dishes. Diners won’t have to sacrifice flavor for calories as the menu features unique highlights like sunflower hummus, cauliflower and mushroom tacos, and roasted eggplant rigatoni.

5. RealGood Stuff Co.

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701 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654
(773) 769-7212
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Originally a smoothie chain, RealGood Stuff Co. recently added hot foods to its arsenal with the opening of a River North location. Guests can now complement their healthy drinks with customizable green and grain bowls from a hot bar. Ingredients include buffalo cauliflower, roasted Brussels sprouts, wild-caught salmon, tofu, and more.

6. True Food Kitchen

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1 W. Erie Street
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 204-6981
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River North welcomed the first Chicago location of this Phoenix-based chain in 2016. The menu, which is built on Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory principles, features an array of healthy and seasonal items that include juices, veggies, pizzas, sandwiches, and more. And while kale salads are ubiquitous these days, the version here stands out — Tuscan kale intermixed with Grana Padano cheese, breadcrumbs, garlic, and lemon.

7. Sweetgreen

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623 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 374-8173
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Salads are a safe, if not predictable, choice for a healthy meal. This chain from Washingtown D.C., though, adds some excitement to the mix by offering an impressive spread of locally-sourced ingredients for guests to choose from. Instead of the usual boring Caesar, build a nutritious bowl packed with spicy sunflower seeds, hot chickpeas, roasted sweet potatoes, balsamic roasted squash, steelhead trout, and much more.

8. Beatrix

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519 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 284-1377
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Lettuce Entertain You Enterprise’s all-day eatery is now up to four locations, which is great news for anyone watching their diet. Classic comforts get jazzed up, including a “neatloaf” of turkey, sweet potato, and greens. Granny didn’t make it like this but she probably didn’t care about waistlines, either.

9. LYFE Kitchen

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413 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 836-5933
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Health-conscious eaters will be happy to know that most dishes at Lyfe Kitchen clock in at less than 600 calories. The menu accommodates gluten-free and vegan diners but those without restrictions should try the unfried chicken. Chef Art Smith’s renowned fried chicken has long been a city favorite and here, it’s given a fresh spin. Chicken breasts are breaded in panko and then baked, which results in crisp, juicy pieces that are as good as anything coming out of a fryer. It’s served on a bed of Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, dried cranberries, sweet corn purée, and Dijon vinaigrette.

10. Fare

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205 W Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 217-8041
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Located inside Wells Street Market, this quick-service spot from hospitality vets Kasia Bednarz and Britni DeLeon doles out clean, wellness-focused fare. Start the morning off right with a breakfast egg bowl or stop by later in the day for customizable greens and grains bowls that boast wholesome ingredients like citrus-roasted beets, smoked paprika sweet potatoes, sesame eggplant, ground turkey, and more.

11. Chicago Raw

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131 N Clinton St Ste 7
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 831-2729
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For those who want to eat healthier in 2019 or are just looking to detox after the holidays, this raw shop supplies everything to help the cleansing process. Go on a liquid diet and boost the immune system with all-natural smoothies containing greens, fruits, and vitals doses of vitamins and antioxidants. It’s a refreshing approach that sets the mind and body right for the cold weeks still to come.

12. Pokeworks

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79 E Madison St
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 868-0261
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The poke trend swept through the nation in 2016 and brought the Hawaiian specialty to all corners of the city. This California-based chain, with two Chicago locations, lets guests build healthy meals to their liking. Start with a salad base or bowl filled with kale noodles, brown rice, or quinoa. Then add ingredients such as tofu, ahi tuna, edamame, seaweed, avocado, pickled ginger, and more. The extensive toppings selection means there’s always something different to try.

13. Protein Bar & Kitchen

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235 S Franklin St
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 346-7300
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With several Protein Bar outposts scattered all around the downtown area, a fast and healthy option is never too far away. The Chicago-based chain is a popular destination for lunch, offering up quinoa bowls that are nourishing and less gut-busting than their Chipotle counterparts. Globally-inspired creations include the Mexicali (chicken, avocado, corn, black beans, cheddar, salsa, kale, avocado, spicy tomatillo lime sauce, chipotle Greek yogurt) and Spicy Korean (steak, cucumber, radish, spinach, pickled carrot, sweet and spicy sauuce).

14. Native Foods Cafe

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1518 E Harper Ct
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 241-7800
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Salads and rice bowls are reliable standbys for a healthy lifestyle, but every now and then that craving for a good old fashioned burger (or at the very least a faux one) hits. Native Foods Cafe’s carne asada burger is up to the task — a veggie patty topped with carne asada-style jackfruit, guacamole, potato chips, onions, jalapeños, lettuce, and green goddess dressing.

15. B'Gabs Goodies

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1450 E 57th St
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 256-1000
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Healthy specialties are a bit of a rarity on the South Side, which is why Gabrielle Darvassy opened this vegan oasis in 2014. Her inventive menu ranges from scrambled chickpeas and buckwheat pancakes to raw burgers packing dehydrated veggie and seed patties, and tacos filled with sunflower seed meat. Juices and smoothies are also a major component of the café, as are raw “goodies” like lemon squares and brownie bites.

16. Majani Restaurant

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7167 S Exchange Ave
Chicago, IL 60649
(773) 359-4019
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Over in South Shore, owners Tsadakeeyah and Nasya Emmanuel are serving soulful vegan cuisine. The African-influenced restaurant was born out of the couple’s catering experience and their recipes include a “crab cake” sandwich made with baked tofu, a lentil mushroom burger, and stir fried veggies.

1. Left Coast

2878 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

As the name suggests, this fast casual restaurant draws on the West Coast for inspiration. Juices, smoothies, and other drinks like kombucha on tap provide healthy nutrients, while the rest of the menu includes salads, grain bowls, and wraps.

2878 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

2. Clever Rabbit

2015 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

Fresh and seasonal vegetables steal the spotlight at this rustic-chic West Town spot. Instead of dressing produce in unhealthy butter and creams, the kitchen prepares dishes like roasted carrot dumplings with miso and lemongrass; cauliflower with Thai chili, cilantro, mint, and cucumber; and beets with cranberry, ancho chili, pistachio, goat cheese, and greens. There’s also a selection of non-alcoholic cocktails for guilt-free indulgence.

2015 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

3. Doc B's Fresh Kitchen

100 E Walton St, Chicago, IL 60611

Fresh and delicious meals are the name of the game here. The Wok Out Bowl is a go-to favorite, letting guests choose their protein, sauce, and base of rice, noodles, or quinoa. It’s finished with veggies and chopped cashews for a healthy fix that’ll satisfy all diets.

100 E Walton St
Chicago, IL 60611

4. The Little Beet Table

845 N State St ste 101, Chicago, IL 60610

The New York-based import focuses on creating gluten-free, vegetable-forward dishes. Diners won’t have to sacrifice flavor for calories as the menu features unique highlights like sunflower hummus, cauliflower and mushroom tacos, and roasted eggplant rigatoni.

845 N State St ste 101
Chicago, IL 60610

5. RealGood Stuff Co.

701 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654

Originally a smoothie chain, RealGood Stuff Co. recently added hot foods to its arsenal with the opening of a River North location. Guests can now complement their healthy drinks with customizable green and grain bowls from a hot bar. Ingredients include buffalo cauliflower, roasted Brussels sprouts, wild-caught salmon, tofu, and more.

701 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654

6. True Food Kitchen

1 W. Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60654

River North welcomed the first Chicago location of this Phoenix-based chain in 2016. The menu, which is built on Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory principles, features an array of healthy and seasonal items that include juices, veggies, pizzas, sandwiches, and more. And while kale salads are ubiquitous these days, the version here stands out — Tuscan kale intermixed with Grana Padano cheese, breadcrumbs, garlic, and lemon.

1 W. Erie Street
Chicago, IL 60654

7. Sweetgreen

623 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654

Salads are a safe, if not predictable, choice for a healthy meal. This chain from Washingtown D.C., though, adds some excitement to the mix by offering an impressive spread of locally-sourced ingredients for guests to choose from. Instead of the usual boring Caesar, build a nutritious bowl packed with spicy sunflower seeds, hot chickpeas, roasted sweet potatoes, balsamic roasted squash, steelhead trout, and much more.

623 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654

8. Beatrix

519 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprise’s all-day eatery is now up to four locations, which is great news for anyone watching their diet. Classic comforts get jazzed up, including a “neatloaf” of turkey, sweet potato, and greens. Granny didn’t make it like this but she probably didn’t care about waistlines, either.

519 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

9. LYFE Kitchen

413 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

Health-conscious eaters will be happy to know that most dishes at Lyfe Kitchen clock in at less than 600 calories. The menu accommodates gluten-free and vegan diners but those without restrictions should try the unfried chicken. Chef Art Smith’s renowned fried chicken has long been a city favorite and here, it’s given a fresh spin. Chicken breasts are breaded in panko and then baked, which results in crisp, juicy pieces that are as good as anything coming out of a fryer. It’s served on a bed of Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, dried cranberries, sweet corn purée, and Dijon vinaigrette.

413 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

10. Fare

205 W Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606

Located inside Wells Street Market, this quick-service spot from hospitality vets Kasia Bednarz and Britni DeLeon doles out clean, wellness-focused fare. Start the morning off right with a breakfast egg bowl or stop by later in the day for customizable greens and grains bowls that boast wholesome ingredients like citrus-roasted beets, smoked paprika sweet potatoes, sesame eggplant, ground turkey, and more.

205 W Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60606

11. Chicago Raw

131 N Clinton St Ste 7, Chicago, IL 60661

For those who want to eat healthier in 2019 or are just looking to detox after the holidays, this raw shop supplies everything to help the cleansing process. Go on a liquid diet and boost the immune system with all-natural smoothies containing greens, fruits, and vitals doses of vitamins and antioxidants. It’s a refreshing approach that sets the mind and body right for the cold weeks still to come.

131 N Clinton St Ste 7
Chicago, IL 60661

12. Pokeworks

79 E Madison St, Chicago, IL 60602

The poke trend swept through the nation in 2016 and brought the Hawaiian specialty to all corners of the city. This California-based chain, with two Chicago locations, lets guests build healthy meals to their liking. Start with a salad base or bowl filled with kale noodles, brown rice, or quinoa. Then add ingredients such as tofu, ahi tuna, edamame, seaweed, avocado, pickled ginger, and more. The extensive toppings selection means there’s always something different to try.

79 E Madison St
Chicago, IL 60602

13. Protein Bar & Kitchen

235 S Franklin St, Chicago, IL 60606

With several Protein Bar outposts scattered all around the downtown area, a fast and healthy option is never too far away. The Chicago-based chain is a popular destination for lunch, offering up quinoa bowls that are nourishing and less gut-busting than their Chipotle counterparts. Globally-inspired creations include the Mexicali (chicken, avocado, corn, black beans, cheddar, salsa, kale, avocado, spicy tomatillo lime sauce, chipotle Greek yogurt) and Spicy Korean (steak, cucumber, radish, spinach, pickled carrot, sweet and spicy sauuce).

235 S Franklin St
Chicago, IL 60606

14. Native Foods Cafe

1518 E Harper Ct, Chicago, IL 60615

Salads and rice bowls are reliable standbys for a healthy lifestyle, but every now and then that craving for a good old fashioned burger (or at the very least a faux one) hits. Native Foods Cafe’s carne asada burger is up to the task — a veggie patty topped with carne asada-style jackfruit, guacamole, potato chips, onions, jalapeños, lettuce, and green goddess dressing.

1518 E Harper Ct
Chicago, IL 60615

15. B'Gabs Goodies

1450 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Healthy specialties are a bit of a rarity on the South Side, which is why Gabrielle Darvassy opened this vegan oasis in 2014. Her inventive menu ranges from scrambled chickpeas and buckwheat pancakes to raw burgers packing dehydrated veggie and seed patties, and tacos filled with sunflower seed meat. Juices and smoothies are also a major component of the café, as are raw “goodies” like lemon squares and brownie bites.

1450 E 57th St
Chicago, IL 60637

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16. Majani Restaurant

7167 S Exchange Ave, Chicago, IL 60649

Over in South Shore, owners Tsadakeeyah and Nasya Emmanuel are serving soulful vegan cuisine. The African-influenced restaurant was born out of the couple’s catering experience and their recipes include a “crab cake” sandwich made with baked tofu, a lentil mushroom burger, and stir fried veggies.

7167 S Exchange Ave
Chicago, IL 60649

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