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Subject: Chicago---Vegan Paradise
Most people don't think of Chicago as being a particularly vegetarian-friendly place. It's always been known as a pretty "meat and potatoes" kind of town. However, as a vegan I was in absolute heaven living in Chicago! When I first moved there, I shopped at a great little health food store called Sherwyn's on Clark and Diversey. I would shop there over Whole Foods any day, but unfortunately it has since closed (if anyone hears of them re-opening, please let me know!). Even the Jewel grocery stores carry vegan tv dinners, though (if you shop in the Lakeview area). However, the truly conscious shopper should head up to Evanston to Ethical Planet at 1110 Davis St, which is vegan owned and operated. Although you can't do all your weekly shopping there, you can get some things there that Whole Foods doesn't carry and feel good about supporting a vegan small business owner.
As for restaurants, here are some must visits that don't usually show up on the radar:
Dharma Garden (Thai food for health and wellness)---3109 W Irving Park, Chicago
Addis Abeba (Ethiopian) --- 1322 Chicago Ave. Evanston, IL 60201
Udupi Palace (Indian) --- 2543 W Devon Ave, Chicago (The Devon/Western area of Chicago in general is a must for anyone with an interest in Indian food and/or culture)
As for sights:
Adler Planetarium --- 1300 S Lake Shore Dr
Bahai Temple --- 100 Linden Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091
The Bahai Temple is the most beautiful place I have ever been, and is a must-see for anyone regardless of religious background. Wilmette is a suburb north of Chicago and the temple is easily reached from Lake Shore Drive... just keep following North on Sheridan Rd through Evanston and you will see the temple on your left!
Enjoy your trip to Chi-town!!!