Alright, guys it is finally here! My Guide to Chicago (pt. 1)! Chicago is my absolute favorite city and I am so grateful to have been able to take many, many trips to here in the last few years. I am also extremely grateful to have made friends while visiting. So, I guess you could say I know of some pretty good spots to eat at and visit.
I had the intention on putting together a complete guide of places to eat and to visit but my food list quickly grew, and I thought it would be best to keep them separate! This post is featuring all of my favorite spots to eat at in the city. All of these places are pretty much gluten-free/dairy-free/egg-free/anything-you-can-think-of-free with options for everyone and are all soooo amazing!
Go ahead and browse through this guide and use it to plan your next visit to The Windy City!
Guide to Chicago Pt. 1: Places to Eat
COFFEE & BRUNCH
Intelligentsia. With a few locations throughout the city, you’ll be sure to run into this beautiful café. Small, and quaint, but very peaceful and a place you must visit if you are a coffee (or matcha) lover! On my most recent trip to Chicago I got the matcha latte (unsweetened) with oat milk. It was my first time having oat milk and it was to die for. My husband got a plain coffee and thoroughly enjoyed it as well.
La Pain Quodein. I think this is hands down my absolute favorite café to visit when I’m in Chicago. Mark and I happened to stumble upon this place a couple of years ago when we stayed in the city and we come back each and every time. They are known for their amazing bakery but have so many other options to choose from. My favorites are their gluten-free super seed bread (get the avocado toast) and their green juice! If you’re going there for happy hour make sure to ask for the cucumber gimlet. I’m not a huge fan of alcohol but this drink was super tasty!
Do-Rite Donuts. If you’re gluten-free like me, then you know it’s sometimes near impossible to find a good gluten-free donut that well, taste like an actual donut! Do-Rite donuts was the first place I actually found a tasty, real life gluten filled, gluten-free donut. Warm, fluffy, and delicious!
Stan’s Donuts. Another donut place that is quite popular in Chicago, but a place you must visit while in the city. It’s an instagrammer’s dream as it is baby pink and sage green, with a very aesthetically pleasing look. But what’s even better are their donuts. From regular donuts to gluten-free donuts to coffee and lattes, there’s something to tickle everyone’s fancy!
Meli’s. This place we found with the help of our gluten-free restaurant app and our wonderful friends who housed us on our last trip. We went here for brunch twice but they also have lunch options as well! I got the gluten-free pancakes with bacon and a green juice. The pancakes taste almost too good to be true! However, if you have Celiac Disease like me, make sure you clarify it’s an allergy because the second time we ate here, I got extremely sick!
Real Good Juice Co. This place you could come for breakfast or lunch or just a quick snack! Their known for their juices (obviously) but have other awesome selections to choose from. I came here for a little snack and to try their NoYo FroYo…it was soooooo good.
LUNCH & DINNER
Homeslice. Obviously had to throw in some pizza places on this guide to Chicago! This place had an awesome atmosphere and amazing pizza. They were gluten-free friendly AND even had goat cheese, so I could eat an actual pizza, lol. This is an awesome spot for lunch (or dinner)!
The Burger Bar. I would hands down go back to Chicago just to eat at this place. It’s a legit burger bar where you can create and build your own burger. Our friends introduced us to this place and we ate there twice while in the city. Again, gluten-free friendly (separate fryer so you can enjoy French fries!!!) and SOOO delicious. I got the grass-fed burger with goat cheese, tomato, pickles, and extra lettuce for a lettuce wrap!
Tavern At The Park. This restaurant is a little expensive but so worth it. It’s perfect for a date night or a night of celebrations. I usually opt for the burger (gluten-free options)! They also have a beautiful rooftop bar that is indoor and outdoor so you can enjoy it in the summer and winter. If you’re feeling REALLY fancy purchase the drink called “Cloudgate” (named after The Bean). It’s a $250 drink because it comes with a Tiffany’s necklace with a Bean shaped charm…how cool! Don’t want the necklace but still want to play tourist and try the drink? Just ask for it without!
DRINKS & GAMES
222. If you’re looking for a place to go out and grab drinks, or to eat, 222 is the place to go! We went here after we got married and had a blast! There’s Jenga, shuffle board, and darts you can play and it’s just an all-around chill atmosphere. I also was able to order a gluten free pizza which was really nice, too!
The Game Room. Another awesome place we had the pleasure go to thanks to our friends! This place is a little hidden and you kind of have to know about it. It has the feel of a speakeasy and is a chill place to come have a few drinks and play games.
Cindy’s Rooftop. This is probably the prettiest bar in the city and one of my favorites. It’s in the same building as The Game Room (the rooftop, obviously) and is enclosed in this beautiful glass, atrium style ceiling. It is a little pricey but worth the experience. We came here after our wedding to grab a drink and take pictures outside.
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