Having only passed through Chicago until a few weeks ago, I’ve always pictured the city to be incredibly meat-centric, like that awesome SNL skit “Bill Swerski’s Superfans” where Chris Farley (RIP, you genius) complains that he’s got a “polish sausage lodged in the lining of my arc.” Da Bears! Well, it turns out there’s actually some solid vegan/vegetarian places to check out in the city. My wife and I happened to have an extra day in the city this past Monday, so we headed to the famous and long-running (“Meat-Free Since ’83) Chicago Diner for lunch. The wife had actually done a brand redesign project in college using them as a subject, so she’d been wanting to try it for a long time.
It was pretty cool to feel like we were in a regular old-school diner but have a huge menu of vegan/vegetarian options, and the food was really really good. Here are some photos of our meal: