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Gluten Free Guide to Chicago



Planning a trip to Chicago? Don't let your gluten-free diet hold you back from experiencing the city's world-class dining scene! Whether you're a local Celiac or a visitor with dietary restrictions, navigating restaurant menus can be tricky.


That's why I've created this guide packed with fantastic restaurants in Chicago that cater to gluten-free needs. From luxurious fine dining experiences to casual brunch spots and trendy hidden gems, you'll find delicious options to dazzle your taste buds without compromising your health.


Note for my Celiac friends, while some of these restaurants have dedicated gluten-free facilities, most use shared kitchens. Always inform your server about your dietary needs. Use your best judgment - if you don't feel safe eating somewhere, don't. It's important to remember that menu items and restaurant policies can change after this article was written, so be sure to double-check with the establishment before dining.



Dedicated Gluten Free

BIBIBOP Asian Grill

BIBIBOP is a fast-casual restaurant offering build-your-own bowls with gluten-free bases like quinoa and brown rice. With a focus on fresh, healthy ingredients, it's a great option for a quick and satisfying gluten-free meal.


ingrained

Ingrained is a vibrant plant-based snack shop nestled in the heart of Chicago. Explore our ever-evolving array of inventive flavors, freshly crafted and ready to delight your taste buds daily. Whether you're stopping by for a quick bite or stocking up on your favorites, our frozen superfood bars are here to fuel your day with deliciousness.


Bloom Plant Based Kitchen

Bloom is a 100% vegan restaurant with a dedicated gluten-free facility. Their menu features creative plant-based dishes like banana blossom tamal, mushroom asada tacos, and yucca gnocchi. It's a must-visit for those seeking delicious gluten-free and vegan options.


Pretty Cool Ice Cream

Satisfy your sweet tooth with gluten-free ice cream sandwiches and popsicles from Pretty Cool Ice Cream. Their unique flavors and fun, retro-inspired atmosphere make it a great spot for a cool treat.


Wheat's End Cafe & Bakery

As the name suggests, Wheat's End is a dedicated gluten-free cafe and bakery. Indulge in gluten-free pastries, breads, and even Chicago-style pizza without worry. It's a must-visit for those craving classic comfort foods.



Fine Dining

Alinea

Craving a luxurious experience? Alinea offers gluten-free customization on many dishes, allowing you to enjoy their renowned innovative cuisine without the worry. Their servers are extremely knowledgeable about celiac disease and will speak directly to the chef to ensure every dish is safe for you to enjoy. This Michelin-starred restaurant is a must-visit for any foodie.


Oriole

Oriole is another Michelin-starred gem in Chicago, offering a tasting menu experience with gluten-free options. Their knowledgeable staff will work closely with you to accommodate your dietary needs while delivering an unforgettable meal.


Steakhouse

Michael Jordan's Steak House

Located inside the historic Intercontinental Hotel on Chicago's Magnificent Mile, Michael Jordan's Steak House is a premier destination for steak lovers. The menu features the highest quality steaks, perfectly prepared to your specification. Focusing on the finest seasonal ingredients and bold flavors, they elevate the classic steak experience to the "Michael Jordan" level.


Chicago Cut Steakhouse

Chicago Cut Steakhouse is a renowned destination for steak lovers, offering a range of gluten-free options that allow you to indulge in their expertly prepared cuts of meat.


Bavette's Bar & Boeuf

Bavette's is a classic steakhouse with a focus on high-quality meats and a selection of gluten-free dishes. Their attentive staff will work with you to accommodate your dietary needs.


Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse

Harry Caray's is a classic Chicago steakhouse that offers gluten-free options, allowing you to indulge in their prime cuts of meat and Italian-inspired dishes.


Seafood


Catch 35

Catch 35 is a seafood-focused restaurant that offers a variety of gluten-free options, from fresh fish dishes to delectable shellfish. Their knowledgeable staff can guide you through the menu and ensure a safe dining experience.


Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab

Joe's is a renowned seafood and steakhouse that caters to gluten-free diners. Enjoy their fresh seafood, prime steaks, and signature stone crab claws without worry.


Sushi-san

Sushi-san is a modern sushi restaurant that can accommodate gluten-free diners, offering a selection of sashimi, nigiri, and rolls.


Brunch & Casual Eats

Aba

Aba is a lively Mediterranean spot is perfect for a fun brunch with friends. They serve up creative dishes like shakshuka and breakfast flatbreads, with gluten-free options available. Pair your meal with one of their signature cocktails for a truly indulgent experience.


Beatrix

Beatrix is a beloved local chain offering a variety of gluten-free brunch items, from avocado toast to breakfast bowls. Their fresh, seasonal ingredients and welcoming atmosphere make it a great choice for a casual weekend meal.


Berghoff

Berghoff is a historic German restaurant that has been serving up traditional dishes for over a century. They offer gluten-free options, allowing you to experience the flavors of Germany.


Goddess and the Baker

This trendy cafe is a go-to for gluten-free eaters, with a menu featuring everything from breakfast sandwiches on gluten-free buns to salads and grain bowls. Don't miss Goddess and the Baker’s delectable gluten-free baked goods as well!


Bright Wok Kitchen

Bright Wok Kitchen offers a variety of gluten-free Asian dishes, from stir-fries to noodle bowls. Their dedicated gluten-free facility ensures a safe dining experience for those with dietary restrictions.


Gayle's V's Best Ever Grilled Cheese

Gayle V's Best Ever Grilled Cheese is a beloved spot for gluten-free grilled cheese sandwiches. Their creative flavor combinations and use of gluten-free bread make it a must-try for cheese lovers.


The Smith

The Smith is a casual American eatery with a variety of gluten-free brunch and lunch options, from salads to burgers on gluten-free buns.


Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken

Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken offers gluten-free fried chicken and a selection of gluten-free donuts, satisfying both your savory and sweet cravings.


Egg Harbor Cafe

Egg Harbor Cafe is a popular breakfast and brunch spot with a dedicated gluten-free menu, featuring items like omelets, pancakes, and more.


Bub City

Bub City is a lively barbecue joint that offers gluten-free options, allowing you to enjoy their smoked meats and sides without worry.


Italian

Piccolo Sogno

Craving Italian comfort food? Piccolo Sogno has you covered with a selection of gluten-free pasta dishes and other options that allow you to savor the flavors of Italy.


RPM Italian

RPM Italian is a modern Italian restaurant with a selection of gluten-free pasta dishes and other options that allow you to savor the flavors of Italy without worry.


Pizzeria Portofino

Pizzeria Portofino is a waterfront Italian restaurant that offers gluten-free pizza crust, so you can enjoy their wood-fired pies without compromising your diet.


Peruvian

Tanta

Tanta is a Peruvian restaurant offering a range of gluten-free options, from ceviche to stir-fried rice dishes. Their knowledgeable staff can guide you through the menu and accommodate your dietary needs.


Mediterranean

Ema

Ema is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients. They offer a variety of gluten-free dishes, from salads to grilled meats and seafood.


Indian


Maharaj Indian Grill

Maharaj Indian Grill is a hidden gem serving up authentic Indian cuisine, with many gluten-free dishes to choose from.


Desserts


Aya Pastry

Satisfy your sweet tooth at Aya Pastry, a gluten-free bakery, where you'll find everything from decadent cakes to delightful cookies and pastries.


Hidden Gems


The Village

The Village is a cozy neighborhood spot offering a range of gluten-free options, from burgers to salads and more.


Jaleo

Jaleo is a Spanish tapas restaurant that offers a variety of gluten-free small plates, allowing you to explore the flavors of Spain.


Barrio

Barrio is a lively Mexican restaurant with a selection of gluten-free dishes, including tacos, fajitas, and more.


True Food Kitchen

True Food Kitchen is a health-focused restaurant with a menu that includes a variety of gluten-free options, from salads to bowls and more.


Big Bowl

Big Bowl is a casual Asian restaurant offering a variety of Chinese & Thai gluten-free options, from stir-fries and noodle dishes to rice bowls. Their focus on fresh, flavorful ingredients makes it a great choice for a satisfying meal made with the fresh, high quality ingredients.


Get Ready for a Gluten-Free Chicago Adventure

This guide is just a starting point for your gluten-free explorations in Chicago. So grab your friends and family, explore the delicious possibilities, and experience the city's vibrant food scene.

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I'm Nicole

I started this blog after I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. After struggling to adjust to a mandatory gluten free diet, I wanted to create a resource for others trying to learn their way around this gluten filled world.

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