Going Gluten-Free in Chicago

Written by Guest Blogger on August 17, 2012 in Wellness - 1 Comment
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By Mike Walters

For those confronted with the need for a gluten-free diet, the food scene in Chicago can be more than a little intimidating. From classic Mom and Pop sandwich shops to gourmet dining experiences, it can seem impossible to find places where you can eat worry-free. Whether you are traveling through Chicago for a short while or you are a resident looking for a few favorite spots to dine out, there are several establishments that cater to the celiac-challenged.

Specialty Shops and Cafe’s
Rose’s Bakery, located at 2901 Central St. in Evanston, is an established bakery and cafe serving up some of the city’s finest gluten-free baked goods and meals. Some of the highlights include fresh breads, brownies, cookies, cakes and pizza crusts made with the best gluten-free flour. Savor tasty treats like tea breads and muffins, all made fresh daily by dedicated bakers.

Grind on Lincoln Square is a favorite coffee shop for Chicago locals. In addition to free Wi-Fi and a casual laid-back atmosphere, Grind Cafe offers gluten-free breakfasts and lunches, plus baked goods to complement their gourmet coffee selections. So, grab your favorite book and head downtown for some downtime, any time.

For a stress-free grocery shopping experience, nothing beats a trip to Whole Foods in Chicago. There are 3 locations to serve you, which make it more convenient for grabbing gluten-free meals on the go. Check out their full line of gluten-free grocery items, such as pastas and dinners. Their fresh salad and soup bar makes for a great lunch. Or choose some of their freshly baked, gluten-free breads, pastries and rolls anytime.

Looking for a delicious, gluten-free hamburger experience? Then you won’t want to miss a visit to Wildfire Restaurant, which offers a tasty gluten-free burger on a gluten-free bun, complete with a side of the best scalloped potatoes this side of the Mississippi. They even offer mouth-watering steaks and seafood. You will want to save room for their yummy gluten-free chocolate cake.

The Berghoff, located on17 West Adams, is a Chicago classic restaurant, with all the fun you would expect in the windy city. The best part is that they offer custom gluten-free menu items to suit any taste. If you are planning an event in Chicago, they even handle the catering with freshly prepared meals that are perfect for gluten-free dieters.

In the mood for some real Chicago-style pizza? Lou Malnati’s has some of the best deep dish, gluten-free pizza available, and at a reasonable price too! Take it home for watching the Bears game with friends, or dine in one of their multiple locations around Chicago for a fun family night.

Whenever you decide to visit Chicago, be sure to head for these gluten-free hot spots for some good food and atmosphere like none other. You’ll find the food and company to be just what you need for a relaxing experience anytime you stop by the cafes, stores, and restaurants in Chicago.


About the Author: When Mike Walters isn’t busy reviewing the best in class corporate wellness plans around the country, he is fully immersed in the blogosphere covering a wide range of health and fitness related topics.


One Comment on "Going Gluten-Free in Chicago"

  1. Katie Mayer July 17, 2012 at 7:40 pm · Reply

    Saw this post and wanted to let you know that we created a Gluten Free Chicago app for Apple and Android Devices that lists over 400 eating establishments offering gluten-free options throughout Chicagoland including restaurants, cafes, bakeries and sport / entertainment venues including U.S. Cellular, United Center, Toyota Park, Lincoln Park Zoo and Ravinia.

    Let me know if you would like more information or you can read more about it and our other gluten and allergen free apps at http://glutenfreepassport.com/apps/gluten-free-chicago/.

    Great post – thanks!

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