Chicago‘s food reputation might be all about deep dish pizza and hot dogs (no ketchup, thank you very much), but you don’t have to struggle to find healthy options too. Vegans, vegetarians, and gluten-free enthusiasts will love the restaurants and grocery stores in these five Chicago neighborhoods.


Lakeview has a thriving restaurant scene with enough healthy options to cater to the pickiest of palates. If you’re gluten-free (whether by choice or because of Celiac disease), you won’t believe your eyes when you see the menu at Wheat’s End Cafe. The entire menu is gluten-free, made from scratch, and prominently features organic ingredients. Forget about lusting after pancakes, waffles, and bagels — you can have it all.

This North Side neighborhood also has Kitchen 17, an all-vegan eatery with house “meats” and cheeses; BeeZzee Fresh Food, a healthy spot for breakfast food, wraps, crepes, and fresh juice; and Left Coast, a restaurant with healthy but tasty dishes made from locally grown ingredients.

When you aren’t in the mood to eat out, Lakeview has a Whole Foods — one of the biggest names in healthy groceries — and Life Spring Health Foods & Juice Bar, a one-stop shop for vitamins and supplements.”

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