The Best Health Food Restaurants In Chicago

Chicago | © Roman Boed/Flickr
Chicago | © Roman Boed/Flickr
Photo of Samantha Looney
9 February 2017

Traveling and eating healthy don’t usually seem to go together, but luckily, Chicago makes it easy. With delicious restaurants full of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, no matter what your dietary needs, the Windy City will keep your stomach full and give you all the energy you need to run. We’ve compiled a list of the best restaurants with the healthiest food.

Chicago Raw

Restaurant, Healthy, Vegetarian, American, $$$
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Chicago Raw offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert | © Chicago Raw
Chicago Raw is a health-conscious café that serves uncooked, 100% plant-based whole foods. The healing mission of the restaurant is to raise awareness worldwide about the health benefits of incorporating raw foods into your diet. With everything from spinach lasagna to raw raviolis to calcium dinosaur kale chips, we promise you’ll want to come back and share the positive energy with all of your friends and help encourage them on their own journey to health. Be sure to grab the goji berry bliss smoothie on your way out for spoonfuls of antioxidants and pure bliss.

Heartland Café

Restaurant, Cafe, Healthy, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Vietnamese, 0
Grass-fed Burger
Grass-fed Burger | © Burgerlounge/Wikicommons

At this artsy and eclectic restaurant, they use local, organic ingredients whenever possible. Whether you’re craving an omelette with farm-fresh eggs or a grass-fed burger, Heartland Café has got you covered. With gluten-free and vegan options as well as all-day breakfast, this is the perfect place to appease everyone’s dietary desires.

Mana Food Bar

Restaurant, Healthy, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
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Sesame Noodles | © Alan C./Flickr
Sesame Noodles | © Alan C./Flickr

Located in Wicker Park, Mana Food Bar is a trendy spot for vegetarians, vegans, and health food lovers alike. The small plates are so flavorful and delicious you won’t even realize you aren’t eating meat. They focus on seasonal ingredients and ethnic flavors, so popular menu items include sesame noodles, gyoza, gold potato gnocchi, and bi bim bop. Whatever you do, don’t leave without getting the chocolate, peanut butter, banana, and almond milk smoothie.

The Growling Rabbit

Restaurant, American, 0
Vegan Blueberry Scones
Vegan Blueberry Scones | © Janet Hudson/Flickr

This neighborhood restaurant is committed to creating healthy comfort food. They use local ingredients to support the farm-to-table philosophy. Because they use local, seasonal ingredients, the menu rotates with heartier meals in the winter and lighter options in the summer. With vegan skillets, bacon-cheddar scones, and towers of taters, there’s no doubt you will leave here feeling happy and full.

LYFE Kitchen

Restaurant, American, Gluten-free, Vegan, $$$
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Margherita Flatbread Pizza
Margherita Flatbread Pizza | © Viviandnguyen_/Flickr

With gluten-free flatbreads, quinoa bowls, and grass-fed burgers, LYFE Kitchen has all of the best health food options to bring you back to life after hanger strikes. The restaurant is all about freeing your ‘self’ and invigorating the moments of your life. With both a positive overall energy and a variety of gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan options, this is the perfect place to go no matter what your dietary needs or preferences are.


Restaurant, American, $$$
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Vegetarian Tacos
Vegetarian Tacos | © Jennifer/Wikimedia Common
Nana offers local, organic, and sustainable food. They work with local farmers to make sure they know where their food is coming from, so they can guarantee you are putting the healthiest options into your body. All of their products are free of synthetic preservatives, growth hormones, GMOs, antibiotics, artificial coloring, and pesticides. Nana serves American food with Latin American and Mexican flare, so you can choose from options like avocado fries, grilled spicy shrimp and oyster po’boy, and bacon-brie mashed potatoes.

Victory’s Banner Restaurant

Restaurant, Healthy, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
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Raw Vegan Patty
Raw Vegan Patty | © Nuagecafe/Wikimedia Commons

Everyone who works here is a student of meditation studying with the Indian Spiritual Master, Sri Chinmoy, so the entire environment of the restaurant exudes peace, joy, light, and love. The zen-like atmosphere only adds to the joy you’ll feel when you take a bite of the Brahma Burrito or the raspberry and Nutella French toast. Top it all off with the bottomless chai, and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a restaurant in the middle of India. The restaurant is only open from 8am-3pm, and it’s closed on Tuesdays.

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