Though Thanksgiving is almost upon us, don't forget it's more than halfway through World Vegan Month. While vegetarian food is easier to come by in Chicago, avoiding dairy can be hard. Here's a round up of a dozen of Chicago's independent meat-free restaurants where diners can find a hearty vegan meal. Each spot has multiple vegan options for those who are strict about their diets and those curious to try something new.Read More
Chicago Vegans Rejoice: Here's 12 Vegetarian Spots That Serve Hearty Vegan Meals
Whether it's fast food or fine dining, avoid dairy without worry.
Grab a group and head to Norwood Park for some vegan Korean. This BYO makes all of their sauces in house and has a great house-made kimchi that makes a cameo in many of their dishes. The list of Healing Soup’s are a feast in themselves and the spicy kimchi bi bim bop along with the dumplings and black pearl pancakes are a fun way to experience the menu. Don’t sweat; each table is set with a box of tissues to beat the heat.
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2. Chicago Diner
Classic diner fare with a vegan-friendly makeover. The Radical Reuben is a signature item on the diner’s menu along with a host of veggie burgers, vegan shakes and even country fried “steak.” Prefer to eat light? Then opt for one of their hearty salads or a bowl of quinoa chili but definitely save room for dessert!
3. Green Zebra
This 2015 Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient serves upscale vegetarian and vegan shareable plates with an optional tasting menu. Enjoy Chef Shawn McClain’s contemporary American creations in a chic environment with a bottle of wine.