Beyond Deep Dish: Discovering Chicago’s Hidden Healthy Foodie Spots

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Beyond Deep Dish: Discovering Chicago’s Hidden Healthy Foodie Spots

Ah, Chicago! Famous for its skyline, historic architecture, and, of course, the iconic deep-dish pizza. But for those looking for more health-conscious culinary adventures, the Windy City has a treasure trove of spots that are both wholesome and delectably delicious. Let’s embark on a journey to uncover Chicago’s hidden healthy foodie havens.

1. Blue Door Farm stand 2010 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Blue Door is  quality service and products in an environment that harkens back to simpler times when seasons dictated what was on the table, when people shared a sense of community, and when the human element was present in every aspect of the brand experience.

2. True Food Kitchen – 1 W Erie St, Chicago, IL 60654

With a philosophy rooted in anti-inflammatory ingredients, True Food Kitchen offers a wide array of dishes catering to all dietary preferences. From their ancient grains bowl to their grass-fed steak tacos, there’s a delightful mix of options for the health-savvy diner.

3. Left Coast Food & Juice – 2878 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

A haven for those seeking a fresh twist to their meals, Left Coast offers a menu replete with juices, smoothies, salads, and bowls. Their emphasis on locally sourced ingredients ensures that every dish not only tastes good but feels good too.

4. Kitchfix – 1731 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

This gem is a favorite among those following a paleo or grain-free diet. Kitchfix boasts an impressive menu of meals that are both tasty and compliant with many dietary requirements. Their breakfast options, from grain-free granola to paleo waffles, are a must-try!

5. Eli’s Ark Chicago – 1843 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

For those with a sweet tooth, Eli’s Ark offers a range of guilt-free desserts that are gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free. Their raw vegan cheesecake is a crowd favorite!

6. Althea – 700 N Michigan Ave 7th floor, Chicago, IL 60611

Set on the Magnificent Mile, Althea offers upscale plant-based dining. Chef Matthew Kenney crafts dishes that are a visual and gastronomic delight. Their kelp noodle cacio e pepe is a testament to the magic that happens when creativity meets nutrition.

7. Gather4539 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Il 60625

Located in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Square, Gather is a testament to modern dining with a touch of the classics. With its cozy ambiance and an open kitchen that allows diners to catch a glimpse of culinary artistry in action, it’s more than just a place to eat; it’s an experience.


Chicago’s culinary landscape is as vast as it is varied. For every deep-dish pizza joint, there’s a hidden gem serving dishes that nourish the body and soul. So, the next time you’re in the Windy City, venture beyond the obvious and treat yourself to a meal that’s both healthful and flavorful.

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