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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.