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Regional Information on Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
Regional Notes - Events - Gatherings & Groups - Travel Information

HappyCow previously offered this space for vegetarian events, vegetarian travel or general information for Chicago, suggestions such as hotel recommendations, travel agencies, or any other regional vegan and vegetarian related information.
However, this has been discontinued due to inactivity.
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Visitor Notes:

Subject: 'Vegan movie theatre....well, kinda'
Posted by happycowgirl on: Monday, September 05, 2011 at 09:45 PM PST
The Landmark Centry Centre cinema at 2828 North Clark St (Clark & Diversey) in Chicago has vegan cookies! They\'re made by the Alternative Baking Company and I\'m telling ya, they\'re outstanding. I can personally vouch for the peanut butter chocolate chip. They show independent films and some foreign lanuage cinema. (773) 509-4949

Subject: 'Chicago Vegan Ice Cream'
Posted by eric on: Monday, June 21, 2010 at 08:39 PM PST
Icream is a shop that makes frozen desserts on the spot with liquid nitrogen mixers. It offers many VEGAN flavor combinations. Has soy base, 20+ vegan flavors, 15+ toppings. You pick the base, flavor, and add-ins, and they freeze it on the spot. Will make with almond and hemp milk upon request.
1533 N Milwaukee Ave

Subject: 'Vegan Baked Goods in Chicago'
Posted by The Veggie Cook on: Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 10:00 PM PST
Molly's Cupcakes makes a few vegan cupcakes.
2536 N Clark St
Chicago, IL

Subject: 'Chicago---Vegan Paradise'
Posted by iojove on: Sunday, May 25, 2008 at 07:45 PM PST
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!!!

Namaste :-)

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