Although Chicago is a big city, it has always had a down-home vibe, which includes its preference for stick-to-your-ribs food like steaks and deep dish pizzas. However, Chicago has evolved to be a world-class, global city, with cosmopolitan cuisine to match. As a result, vegetarians and vegans can find tasty fare, not only downtown, but in far-flung areas of the city and even beyond the city’s borders.
1. Green Zebra
For upscale vegetarian fare, Green Zebra, located at 1460 West Chicago Avenue in the Noble Square area, placed first on Zagat’s 2013 list of Top Vegetarian Restaurants in Chicago. Its knowledgeable staff and inventive small plate offerings are inviting enough that even confirmed carnivores will find something to like.