Eating out gluten free in Chicago needn't be a headache. The city's culinary scene is alive and kicking and gluten free dining presents no problems the windy city's ever evolving dining scene, which was even recognised as restaurant city of the year in 2017.
Here's our pick of some of the best gluten free or gluten friendly dining spots in the city, for when you want a romantic evening for two or the best pizza or pasta in town.
BEST GLUTEN FREE RESTAURANTS IN CHICAGO
THE LITTLE BEET TABLE
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Little Beet is 100% gluten-free, meaning you have full run of the menu, from brunch or lunch through to dinner. It's a casual, comfortable place in the Gold Coast in the base of the State & Chestnut residential tower. Vegetable forward dishes take centre stage, although there's always concession for comfort food like cheeseburgers.
845 N. State St Suite 101 Chicago, IL 60610 Website
THE SIGNATURE ROOM
For gluten free dining with a bird's eye view of the city skyline and lake Michigan head to The Signature Room in the Hancock Tower. With over a dozen gluten free dishes to choose from (indicated on the menu) executive chef Cardel Reid has put together a menu that spans from raw seafood to 10oz fillet of beef.
Looking for a Mediterranean dining experience with California style cooking? then head to Ēma in River North and the kingdom of chef CJ Jacobson. The menu of Mediterranean small plates and dips lends itself easily to gluten free dining, what's more they even have a dedicated fryer and kitchen space and an extensive, completely separate, gluten-free menu.
Sarah Grueneberg’s destination Italian restaurant makes everyone feel at home, gluten free or not! There's an entire gluten free menu to choose from with a run of Italian favourites to some more creative takes like smoked halibut rillettes crispy polenta, fennel, dried cherry tomato and lemon.
1020 West Madison Street Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 888-3041 Website
This historical Italian restaurant first opened in 1975, in the longstanding Taylor Street. Expect generous portions served in a convivial atmosphere Pasta dishes can be adapted with gluten-free penne, while all other gluten free options are highlighted on the menu.
1500 W Taylor St Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 942-1117 Website
Gluten friendly dining is brought to Chicago by Chef Bill Montagne with home made pasta and Italian seafood dishes. It's not all gluten free on the menu, but they are happy to accomodate with a selection of pasta entrees possible with gluten-free, corn-rice flour radiatori.
Ask anyone about the pizzas in town and Spacca Napoli usually makes the list. Traditional Neapolitan pizzas can all be made with gluten free dough on request and topped with traditional Italian ingredients like prosciutto, spicy salami, and Sardinian artichokes. They even have a separate oven to prevent cross contamination.
1769 W Sunnyside Ave, Chicago IL, 60640 (773) 878-2420 Website
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