Chicago’s Favorite Healthy Restaurants

Explore some of Chicago's hidden gems, where healthy, organic restaurants are just waiting to be discovered! From farm-to-table experiences to inventive vegan and gluten-free dishes, these spots promise not just a meal, but a deep dive into the city's commitment to sustainable and wholesome dining.

Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio

1020 West Madison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607
312-888-3041

This Italian restaurant is Iocated in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. Menu items include gluten-free options. Lunch specials include Artichoke and Sunchoke Crostino (housemade ricotta, shallot, fontina fonduta, savini truffle); Wagyu Beef Skewer (pickled cherry pepper, toasted cumin, mieli thun honey, dill). Dinner items include Chicken Thighs Alla Plancha (stewed peppers, crispy parm potatoes, toasted breadcrumb, lemon yogurt, calabrian chile vin, herb salad, wild oregano); Ragu Alla Napoletana (tomato braised pork osso bucco, soppressata meatballs, italian sausage, fusilli rustico, wilted escarole, wild oregano); and Bistecca Alla Fiorentina (20 oz prime Creekstone Farms bone-in strip, primolio extra virgin olive oil, shallot, dario’s sea salt, fennel pollen with option to add fresh shaved black winter truffle).

Alinea

1723 North Halsted Street
Chicago, Illinois 60614
312-867-0110

Located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, Alinea has been named the Best Restaurant in the World by Elite Traveler, the Best Restaurant in North America by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, and the Best Restaurant in the U.S. by Gourmet and Business Insider. It is one of only 13 restaurants in the U.S. to earn the coveted Michelin 3-Star rating. It has also won James Beard Awards for Outstanding Restaurant in the U.S., Outstanding Service in the U.S., and Outstanding Chef in the U.S. It is open for unique, multi-course tasting menu experience in various dining rooms offered. Check their website for reservation information.

Lyfe Kitchen (3 locations)

413 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60654
312-836-5933

831 North State Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
312-967-8600

270 East Ontario Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
312-933-1035

Lyfe never uses artificial ingredients in the food they serve. Menu items include Everything Egg White Omelette (antibiotic-free turkey, zucchini, red onion, peppers, everything seasoned goat cheese and breakfast potatoes); Avocado Toast (hard-free soft boiled egg, pink Himalayan sea salt, Korean chili flake, old world-style bread by Ideal Bakery); Kale Banana Ginger Smoothie (organic kale, fresh ginger, banana, cucumber, organic apple juice, lemon juice); and The Silver Bullet (almond butter, banana, organic cacao nibs, date, organic hemp seeds, almond milk, cold brew).

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5020 North Sheridan Road
Chicago, Illinois 60640
773-728-5576

Big Chicks is the sister restaurant to Big Chicks, and both classic and non-traditional dishes made from fresh, organic-when-possible ingredients. Menu items include David Sharpe's Omelette Aux Asperges Et Echalotes (asparagus & Shallots - sauteed asparagus folded into our delicious 3 egg omelette with Swiss cheese and shallots, toast and potatoes. choose 1 side: fruit cup, compote, or small green salad); gluten-free Santa Fe Special (two yummy house made organic black bean patties topped with organic eggs (poached or your way) topped with choice of house made salsa (green, red, roasted); hash browns or salad; fruit cup. sub in scrambled tofu for eggs); Holy Tamale (2 crisp, lightly seasoned polenta cakes, nestled on a bed of sautéed spinach and shallots, topped with avocado ensalada, vegan chipotle mayo dressing, green onion, side of organic black beans, side fresh jalapeno, served with fruit cup); and more.

Girl & The Goat

809 West Randolph Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607
312-492-6262

One of the first restaurants on Chicago’s famed Restaurant Row in the West Loop, Girl & The Goat features menu items like Grilled Chicken Skewers (cashew butter, savory mushroom oil, crispy sunchokes); Goat Empanadas (avocado crema, chili lime crunch, fried plantain); Roasted Beets (tropea onion-golden beet giardinaire, yuzu kosho, party nuts); and Wood Fired Broccoli (harissa dill vinaigrette, moody blue labneh).

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