10 Healthy Restaurants in Chicago, IL

Although Chicago is known for deep dish pizza and Italian beef, we also love a good juice bar! I’ve compiled a list of all my favorite go-to healthy restaurants in Chicago.

To me, “healthy” is not limited to green juices and salads. Healthy is also fresh, organic, and local ingredients. This list is a mix of “green juice/salad” and “local/fresh” spots.

Note: all recommended dishes are vegan. Not all restaurants listed are vegan.

1. Sweet Green

A “Subway” concept that’s actually fresh. Sweet Green gives the option to build your own salad or bowl, or order off the menu. I always opt for ordering the Spicy Thai Salad off the menu. *drools*

best healthy restaurants in Chicago, sweet green

Location: multiple

Recommendations: Spicy Thai Salad

Price: $

Sweet Green’s Website

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2. Protein Bar

Fast, casual chain health spot perfect for a work lunch. Protein Bar has salad bowls, wraps, smoothies, and breakfast. It’s my go-to downtown.

best healthy restaurants in Chicago, Protein Bar

Location: multiple

Recommendations: Superfood Vegan wrap and Health Nut smoothie

Price: $

Protein Bar’s Website

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3. Alice and FriendsVegan Kitchen

My FAVORITE vegan spot in Chicago! Alice and Friends’ uses fresh and organic ingredients. It is evident the food is cooked with love.

healthy restaurants in Chicago, Alice and Friends

Location: Edgewater

Recommendations: Burmese Noodle Salad and satay skewers

Price: $$

Alice and Friends’ Website

4. Lyfe Kitchen

Modern, casual chain for the health-conscious soul. Lyfe Kitchen is great for an upscale lunch or a casual dinner.

healthy restaurants in Chicago, Lyfe Kitchen

Location: Multiple

Recommendations: Thai Tofu Bowl

Price: $

Lyfe Kitchen’s Website

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5. Left Coast Food + Juice

Hip health joint perfect for a solo lunch date with your laptop. Left Coast is equipped with the most authentic açaí bowl in Chicago. (I’ve eaten açaí bowls in the motherland of Brazil, I can confidently say this.)

Healthy restaurants in Chicago, Left coast food + juice

Location: Multiple

Recommendations: Left Coast Açaí Bowl

Price: $$

Left Coast’s Website

6. Flying Saucer

A brunch spot with “diner” feels.

Healthy restaurants in Chicago, Flying Saucer

Location: Humboldt Park

Recommendations: Tofu Sweet Potato Hash

Price: $ (cash-only)

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7. Loving Heart Vegan Cafe

The cutest vegan cafe in town with all fresh ingredients.

Healthy restaurants in Chicago, Loving Heart Vegan Cafe

Location: Buena Park

Recommendations: Hearty Bean Wrap

Price: $

Loving Heart’s Website

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8. The Little Beet Table

Chic, fresh dining restaurant perfect for a date.

Healthy restaurants in Chicago, The Little Beet Table

Location: Downtown

Recommendations: Cauliflower and Mushroom Tacos

Price: $$

Little Beet Table’s Website

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9. The Vegetarian Express & Juice Bar

Fast, casual vegetarian restaurant perfect for a quick lunch. I recommend grabbing a juice and fresh sweet potato burger or tamale.

healthy restaurants in Chicago, Vegetarian Express

Location: Lakeview

Recommendations: Wheat Grass shot + Sweet Potato Burger Sandwich

Price: $

Vegetarian Express’ Website

10. Libanais Restaurant and Bakery

Casual, family-run Lebanese restaurant on the Northside of Chicago. Meals are affordable and service is great. This place is a hidden treasure!

Healthy Restaurants in Chicago, Libanais Restaurant and Bakery

Location: Lincolnwood

Recommendations: Veggie King (appetizer sampler)

Price: $

Libanais Chicago’s Website

Thanks for reading! What’s your favorite healthy restaurants in Chicago? Let me know in the comments! xoxo

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