The Best Vegan And Vegetarian Food In Chicago 2017

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Once considered a fringe-lifestyle, vegetarianism has surpassed social consciousness to become the next big thing in the culinary world. And of course, Chicago is fully on board.

1 Bad Hunter

Bad Hunter is easily the trendiest vegetarian restaurant in Chicago, occupying a prime spot on Randolph Street just next door to Au Cheval. The menu changes daily and isn't strictly vegetarian (the restaurant describes its menu as "veg-forward" since it features a small selection of fish and meat dishes), and on it you'll find inspired entries like butter dumplings with white corn, gochugaru, spring onion kimchi, or buttered English peas with horseradish, camembert, and smoked onion marmalade. Image via @Good_Drinker on Instagram.
802 W Randolph St.

2 Green Zebra

Green Zebra, owned by James Beard Award-winning chef Shawn McClain, has been a staple for vegetarian fine dining in the city since 2004. On the menu: elegant, tapas-style dishes like Scarlet Beet poke, Hen of The Woods Mushroom Pate, Spence Farm Poached Duck Egg, and Lime Cheesecake (made sans cheese, of course.). Image via @amandatopper on Instagram.
1460 W. Chicago Ave.

3 Chicago Raw

In need of a purist vegan meal in a hurry? Chicago Raw is a takeout spot for plant-based, vegan, raw food. You'll find a surprisingly extensive menu, including hearty dishes like spaghetti & meatballs, a collard burrito, and chili croquettes, along with a smoothie and juice bar, and a range of packaged breads, condiments, spread and desserts. Image via @ChicagoRawFoods on Instagram.
51 W. Huron St. & 31 N. Clinton St.

4 Chicago Diner

With a slogan like "Meat Free Since '83," you know you've found a spot that does vegetarian food right. Everything on the comfort food-inspired menu is also vegan, or can be made-to-order vegan. That includes the poutine, Thai chili wings, the Titanic BLT burger, and the milkshakes. Image via @TheChicagoDiner on Instagram
2333 N. Milwaukee Ave. & 3411 N. Halsted St.

5 Ground Control

From brunch staples like breakfast tacos and gravy-n-biscuits, to a selection of sandwiches inspired by spots around the globe (think options like Bahn Mi, Cheesy Italian, and Torta Ahagoda), you'll find a little of everything at this Logan Square restaurant (as long as its not meat). Many items on the menu can also be made vegan and gluten-free, too. Image via Ground Control Chicago on Facebook.
3315 W. Armitage Ave.
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