Enjoy truly mouth-watering dishes and meals at no expense to our fellow animal friends.
One commonly overlooked but serious fact of life is that we will all try lackluster veggie burgers sometime or another. What if we told you we had the secret to not only the best veggie burgers but the best veggie EVERYTHING in town?
Whether you're searching for some spicy seitan or strictly leafy greens, look no further. We've rounded up the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Chicago that are sure to satisfy your consumption-conscious mind.
Photo via Facebook/Dimo's Pizza
3463 N. Clark St. - Wrigleyville
1615 N. Damen Ave. - Wicker Park
Two locations equal double the (veggie!) cheesy goodness of this Chicago favorite. Dimo's offers vegetarian pies like The Mac or Margherita, but you might want to mix it up with one of its vegan options, like the BBQChickenCheddarRanch.
Photo via Facebook/Urban Vegan chicago on Montrose
1601 W. Montrose Ave. - Lakeview
Let Urban Vegan be your one-stop shop for vegan Thai food. Load up on veggie dumplings and then hit the main course with the soy orange chicken dinner to get your fix.
6207 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Norwood Park
Amitabul takes traditional Korean techniques and merges them with Western taste to create health-conscious and delicious vegan food. With items ranging from jade maki sushi to the cold buckwheat noodle salad to even the all-vegan pizza, you will leave full and satisfied.
Photo via Facebook/The Chicago Diner
2333 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Logan Square
3411 N. Halsted - Lakeview
Totally meat-free since 1983, The Chicago Diner has its menu packed with meat alternatives like seitan for their deliciously spicy Thai chili wings and both black bean veggie and sweet potato-tofu patties that you can't miss. Don't forget to try one of their vegan milkshakes in many flavors from carrot cake to vanilla chai.
Photo via Facebook/Loving Heart Vegan Cafe
838 W. Montrose Ave. - Uptown
This cute Uptown cafe is perfect for a vegan meal when you're on-the-go. Stop in for a quick bite without feeling that instant regret that traditional fast food brings.
Photo via Facebook/The Handlebar
2311 W. North Ave. - Wicker Park
This neighborhood staple is known for offering late-night vegetarian fare. Veggie sloppy joes and buffalo chicken seitan wraps aren't something you want to miss next time you're walking through Wicker Park.
Photo via Facebook/Kitchen 17
3132 N. Broadway - Lakeview
This completely vegan spot serves up some serious comfort food alternatives with their housemade spicy seitan. Check out their vegan pizza options with your choice of New York style crust or Chicago style deep dish to finally put the "best pizza" debate to rest.
Photo via Facebook/Arya Bhavan
2508 W. Devon Ave.
"Arya Bhavan" translates to "Welcome to our home" from Hindi. The owners at Arya Bhavan invite their guests to experience the delectable vegan options from South Indian cuisine like chana masala and uttapam, and we never say no to an invitation this good.
Photo via Facebook/Native Foods Cafe
Native Foods Cafe
1484 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Wicker Park
1518 E. Harper Ct. - Hyde Park
218 S. Clark St. - Loop
1023 W. Belmont Ave. - Lakeview
You can't miss Native Foods Cafe when it comes to vegetarian diets. As a nationally popular fast-casual vegetarian restaurant, Native Foods offers quick bites like Thai chili Brussel sprouts and full entrees like orange cauliflower with fried brown rice.
Photo via Facebook/Upton's Naturals
2054 W. Grand Ave. - West Town
Upton's Breakroom sits below Upton's Naturals, a natural-based food business out of Chicago. The company's focus is on vegan diets and meat alternatives, so it's only fitting that the Breakroom's menu would be completely vegan. Fried bacon mac and burgers (all meat-and-cheese free!) await you in West Town.
203 E. 75th St. - Greater Grand Crossing
Don't go thinking you can only get delicious meat alternatives on the North Side! Original Soul Kitchen wants to "serve food as a medicine" according to their website. As a remedy, we recommend the Down South BBQ Sandwich for the delicious taste of the South--minus the meat.
7000 N. Glenwood - Rogers Park
This Rogers Park spot has everything you could ask for in a vegetarian restaurant with a tunaless melt and stir-fry, but with live music and other events mixed in! Heartland hosts events like markets, music and poets which frequently highlight local talent.
Photo via Facebook/Ground Control Restaurant
3315 W. Armitage Ave. - Logan Square
Looking for an eclectic and environmentally conscious brunch spot? Look no further than Ground Control! Saturdays and Sundays, their doors open at 11 a.m. for breakfast tacos, gravy-and-biscuits and even coconut french toast. Stop by during the week for their dinner menu at 5 p.m.
Photo via Facebook/Quesadilla La Reina Del Sur
2235 N. Western Ave. - Bucktown
You'll be delighted to set your favorite authentic Mexican cuisine with a vegetarian agenda here. Delicious and healthy, you won't eat Mexican food the same way again.
Photo via Facebook/Pick Me Up Cafe
3408 N. Clark St.
Pick Me Up Cafe has become a Chicago staple - and not just with vegetarians! In the busy Lakeview neighborhood, it is always open until 2 a.m. to satisfy that late-night hunger with the flame-grilled veggie burger or vegan tostadas.
Photo via Facebook/Bad Hunter
802 W. Randolph St. - West Loop
For a trendy place that offers high-quality vegetarian options with presentation and taste at the forefront, enter Bad Hunter. Its inviting atmosphere will make you want to stay a while with a close friend and a glass of wine.
Photo via Facebook/Lyfe Kitchen
413 N. Clark St - River North
831 N. State St. - Near North Side
270 E. Ontario St. - Streeterville
While not an exclusively vegetarian restaurant, Lyfe Kitchen's three North Side locations promote a healthy lifestyle by placing vegetables above all else in their menu. Try their vegan beet poke or Beyond Burger to see what we mean.
Photo via Facebook/Nana
3267 S. Halsted - Bridgeport
The team behind Nana strives for perfection by maintaining a sustainable, local and organic menu. What they serve is high-quality and delicious food. While not a completely vegetarian restaurant, the avocado fries and tofu scramble have us commending the commitment to perfection.
Photo via Facebook/B'Gabs Goodies
1450 E. 57th St. - Hyde Park
Pair one of their three smoothie bowls with a gluten-free muffin for a vegetarian meal so good you'll want to pick up some more on-the-go goodies! Who can say no to some gluten-free "uncheese" cake and a few vegan brownies?
Photo via Facebook/No Bones Beach Club - Chicago
1943 W. North Ave. - Wicker Park
"Just because it's vegan doesn't mean it sucks" is this Portland chain's slogan, and the commitment to tasty and high-quality vegan and vegetarian food is undeniable. The beer-battered avocado tacos elevate the avocado craze to a whole new level of deliciousness.
Photo via Facebook/Boiler Room
2210 N. California Ave. - Logan Square
Vegans need not worry about where they can find totally vegan pizza in Logan - Boiler Room offers slices with red pepper, mushroom and red onion and build-your-own whole vegan pizzas all day!
Photo via Facebook/Clever Rabbit
2015 W. Division St. - Wicker Park
This "veggie-focused" Wicker Park spot brings colorful vegetables to the forefront of its dishes, with ingredients like sweet potatoes and zucchini. Don't miss the delicious and possibly not so nutritious carrot margarita.
Photo via facebook/thechicagohouseofza
1416 W. Irving Park Rd. - Lakeview
You can never have too much pizza, right? Chicago House of 'Za has all types of pizza ranging from thin crust, pan all the way to calzones–and it's all vegan.