Restaurants

Gluten-Free-Friendly Chicago Restaurants

Welcome to Gluten Free Nosh’s Chicago restaurant list!

There are so many great restaurants in Chicago, with an increasing number of gluten-free options. This list focuses on restaurants in the city, as opposed to the suburbs, as I’m most familiar with them. I’ve included restaurants that have gluten-free menus and restaurants that easily handle gluten-free requests. Before you eat at a restaurant, please discuss your dietary needs with a manager to make sure the kitchen can safely accommodate your special diet.

This is a work in progress. If you have suggestions of gluten-free-friendly restaurants to add, please leave a comment below or email me at editor(at)glutenfreenosh.com

Jump to Near North, River North, Gold Coast, Streeterville
Jump to Lincoln Park and Lakeview
Jump to Wicker Park and Bucktown
Jump to Edgewater, Andersonville and Rogers Park
Jump to Loop
Jump to West Loop, Greektown, Near West Side, Hyde Park
Jump to Suburbs

Near North, River North, Gold Coast, Streeterville

Near North, River North, Gold Coast, Streeterville

American Girl Café

  • WaterTower Place, 835 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd floor, Chicago, 877-247-5223 (Near North)
    GF menu
    Every detail here is carefully thought out, from the booster seats for dolls to the gluten-free menus for brunch, lunch and dinner.

Big Bowl

  • 60 E. Ohio St., Chicago, 312-951-1888 (Near North)
    6 E. Cedar St., Chicago, 312-640-8888 (Near North)
    215 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, 847-808-8880
    1950 E. Higgins Rd., Schaumburg, 847-517-8881
    GF menu
    Big Bowl’s gluten-free menu includes pad Thai, kung pao chicken and other Chinese and Thai entrees.

Chicago Q

  • 1160 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, 312-642-1160 (Gold Coast)
    GF menu
    Urban barbecue in the heart of the Gold Coast, with smoked Kobe brisket and ribs served with artisanal house-made gluten-free sauces.

Coco Pazzo

  • 300 W. Hubbard St., Chicago, 312-836-0900 (River North)
    This sophisticated spot serves delicious, authentic Tuscan cuisine in a refined serving. While there is not a gluten-free menu, they offer gluten-free pasta and are happy to make GF accommodations.

Cocoro

  • 668 N. Wells St., Chicago, 312-943-2220 (River North)
    From Japanese noodles and teriyaki to sushi, this Japanese spot offers a gluten-free menu if you call ahead.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

  • 25 E. Ohio St., Chicago, 312-329-9463 (Near North)
    GF Menu
    An extensive gluten-free menu with steaks, chops, sides and more.

Fogo De Chao

  • 661 N. La Salle St., Chicago, 312-932-9330 (River North)
    Most of the items at this Brazilian steakhouse are gluten-free, including the meats, sides and the Brazilian cheese bread.

Frontera Grill

  • 445 N. Clark St., Chicago, 312-661-1131 (River North)
    Knowledgeable staff can accommodate gluten-free requests at Frontera Grill, as well as at the more sophisticated Topolobompo.

Go Roma

  • 848 N. State St., Chicago, 312-252-9946 (Gold Coast)
    GF menu
    Quick-serve Italian spot with gluten-free pasta.

Hub 51

  • 51 W. Hubbard St., Chicago, 312-828-0051 (River North)
    GF menu
    River North hot spot has extensive gluten-free menu with tacos, pulled chicken nachos, sushi and salads.

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

  • 60 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, 312-379-5637 (Near North)
    GF Menu
    Gluten-free menu features steak, seafood and, of course, stone crab.

Karyn’s Cooked

  • 738 N. Wells St., Chicago, 312-587-1050 (River North)
    This gourmet vegan restaurant offers many health-conscious gluten-free options.

Lou Malnati’s

  • 439 N. Wells St., Chicago, 312-828-9800 (River North)
    Plus many other city and suburban locations
    Offers a crustless deep-dish pizza with a sausage base as a gluten-free option.

M Burger

  • 161 E. Huron St., Chicago, 312-254-8500 (Streeterville)
    5 W. Ontario St., Chicago, 312-428-3548 (River North)
    Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan Ave., mezzanine, 312-867-1549 (Streeterville)
    Tiny spot specializes in hamburgers, which can be ordered without the buns. Fries are cooked in dedicated fryer.

Maggiano’s Little Italy

  • 516 N. Clark St., Chicago, 312-644-7700 (River North)
    Suburban locations too.
    The chef will come to your table and discuss gluten-free and allergy-free options, including gluten-free pasta.

The Melting Pot

  • 609 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, 312-573-0011 (River North)
    GF menu
    Are you fond of fondue? A four-course option includes cheese fondue, salad, entrée and dessert, with many gluten-free options.

Mity Nice Bar & Grill

  • 835 N. Michigan Ave. (mezzanine level), Chicago, 312-335-4745 (Near North)
    GF menu
    Tucked behind Foodlife in Water Tower Place, Mity Nice has a supper-club feel with burgers and sandwiches on GF buns (plus GF rolls for the table), as well as oven-roasted turkey and broiled Lake Superior whitefish.

Nacional 27

  • 325 W. Huron St., Chicago, 312-664-2727 (River North)
    GF menu
    Most of the entrees, and all of the ceviches, at this modern Latin restaurant are gluten-free.

Naha

  • 500 N. Clark St., Chicago, 312-321-6242 (River North)
    A sophisticated restaurant with California and Mediterranean influences, Naha has a range of gluten-free options, as well as gluten-free crackers and bread.

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

  • 530 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, 312-828-9977 (Near North)
    Five Chicago area locations
    GF Menu
    P.F. Chang’s is very allergy-aware and serves its gluten-free items on specially marked plates. They use wheat-free soy sauce and cornstarch to make gluten-free Chinese dishes.

Pizzeria Uno

  • 29 E. Ohio St., Chicago, 312-321-1000 (Near North)
    GF menu
    Uno’s Pizza is a Chicago classic and a tourist fave. Gluten-free menu includes a GF thin-crust pizza.

Quartino

  • 626 N. State St., Chicago, 312-698-5000 (River North)
    GF menu
    This Italian restaurant and wine bar has a small-plates concept, including a GF menu of salumi, spuntuni, formaggi and more.

Shaw’s Crab House

  • 21 E. Hubbard St., Chicago, 312-527-2722 (Near North)
    GF menu
    This stately Chicago classic is a good choice for fresh seafood in a sophisticated setting. Plus, there’s gluten-free soy sauce for the sushi.

Weber Grill

  • 539 N. State St., Chicago, 312-467-9696 (River North)
    GF menu
    From the folks who invented the Weber Charcoal Kettle Grill, the restaurant serves up charcoal-seared burgers on gluten-free buns.

Wildfire

  • 159 W. Erie St., Chicago, 312-787-9000 (River North)
    Five Chicago-area locations

    GF Menu
    Wildfire is serious about gluten-free, with gluten-free pizza, steaks and chops baked in a wood-burning oven. They even serve gluten-free chocolate chip cookies and flourless chocolate cake.

 
Lincoln Park and Lakeview

Lincoln Park and Lakeview

Adobo Grill

  • 1610 N. Wells St., Chicago, 312-266-7999 (Lincoln Park)
    GF menu
    Upscale Mexican restaurant. Guacamole is prepared tableside and served with gluten-free jicama “chips,” since the tortilla chips are not gluten-free.

Bobtail

  • 2951 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago, 773-880-7372 (Lakeview)
    At this ice cream parlor, the servers happily accommodate requests to scoop ice cream from unopened containers, to avoid cross-contamination.

Boka

  • 1729 N. Halsted St., Chicago, 312-337-6070 (Lincoln Park)
    A sophisticated restaurant with contemporary cuisine. The chef easily accommodates gluten-free and allergy-free requests.

Bountiful Eatery

  • 3312 N Broadway, Chicago, 773-687-9811 (Lakeview)
    All GF menu
    This health-conscious spot offers healthy, gluten-free options from pita wraps and kabobs to salads and smoothies — all gluten-free.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

  • 2024 N. Halsted St., Chicago, 773-935-5000 (Lincoln Park)
    GF menu
    Spanish tapas restaurant good for groups, with gluten-free cold tapas, hot tapas, brochetas, paella and desserts.

Cassava

  • 3338 N. Clark St., Chicago, 773-857-3039 (Lakeview)
    GF menu
    Gluten-free South American cassava (tapioca) rolls and empanadas. The cafe offers free delivery — the rolls and empanadas are delivered frozen so they can be freshly baked at home or before an event.

Chicago Diner

  • 3411 N. Halsted St., Chicago, 773-935-6696 (Lakeview)
    GF menu
    Meat free since ’83, this longtime vegetarian spot serves up a gluten-free menu.

Fiorentino’s Cucina Italiana

  • 2901 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, 773-244-3026 (Lakeview)
    GF menu
    Celiac is in the family at this family-run Italian restaurant, which offers gluten-free gnocchi and ravioli in rich homemade sauces, as well as other tasty gluten-free items.

Five Guys

  • 2368 N. Clark St., Chicago, 773-883-8930 (Lincoln Park)
    2140 N. Clybourn, Chicago, 773-327-5953 (Lincoln Park)
    The hamburgers without buns are gluten-free, as are the handcut fries cooked in a dedicated fryer. If you are allergic to nuts, don’t set foot in the place, as peanuts are everywhere.

Francesca’s Restaurants

Plus other city and suburban locations
GF Menu
A gluten-free menu is available at all of the Francesca’s restaurants. Lively Italian restaurants great for groups, with gluten-free quinoa linguine.

Karyn’s Fresh Corner Cafe

  • 1901 N. Halsted St., Chicago, 312-255-1590 (Lincoln Park)
    This gourmet vegan restaurant serves only raw foods, prepared in innovative ways. Gluten-free options noted on menu.

Marcello’s, A Father & Son Restaurant

  • 645 W. North Ave., Chicago, 312-654-2550 (Lincoln Park)
    2475 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, 773-252-2620 (Logan Square)
    GF Menu
    Gluten-free pizzas are prepped in a dedicated area and cooked on parchment paper so they don’t touch the oven. Toppings are kept separate to avoid cross-contamination.

Mon Ami Gabi

  • 2300 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago, 773-348-8886 (Lincoln Park)
    100 Oakbrook Ctr., Oak Brook, 630-472-1900 (Suburbs)
    GF menu
    French bistro with a full gluten-free menu, warm gluten-free baguettes and thin, crispy pommes frites, or fries, cooked in a dedicated fryer upon request.

Pei Wei Asian Diner

  • 2709 N. Elston Ave., Chicago, 773-687-0290 (Lincoln Park)
    GF menu
    The quick-serve Asian format here is a mercy for families with antsy children. Also a mercy: Pei Wei’s gluten-free menu and its ability to accommodate many allergies.

Perennial Virant

  • 1800 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, 312-981-7070 (Lincoln Park)
    Perennial Virant showcases local flavors and ingredients in a farm-to-table concept. Owners are very accommodating and allergy aware.

Senza

  • 2873 N. Broadway, Chicago, 773-770-3527 (Lakeview)
    A gourmet gluten-free restaurant, Senza has been winning praises for its inventive cuisine–all gluten-free. The food is delicate and daring, with artful presentation. Dinner features prix fixe menus with wine pairings.

Swirlz Cupcakes

  • 705 W. Belden St., Chicago, 773-404-2253 (Lincoln Park)
    Swirlz always has a selection of gluten-free and vegan cupcakes. They are extremely careful when baking gluten-free to avoid any cross-contamination.

Vinci

  • 1732 N. Halsted St., Chicago, 312-266-1199 (Lincoln Park)
    GF menu
    Italian restaurant, close to Steppenwolf, serves gluten-free pasta with rice ziti and your choice of sauces.

Wilde

  • 3130 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago, 773-244-0404 (Lakeview)
    GF menu
    An Irish pub and restaurant with consistently great food and a substantial gluten-free menu, including burgers with gluten-free buns and gluten-free mac and cheese.

Wishbone

  • 3300 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, 773-549-2663 (Lakeview)
    1001 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, 312-850-2663 (Near West Side)
    With its menu of Southern comfort food, Wishbone always ranks as a top family-friendly spot. How nice that it’s allergy-friendly too.

Zapatista

  • 444 W. Fullerton Pkwy., Chicago, 773-525-4100 (Lincoln Park)
    1307 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, 312-435-1307 (South Loop)
    GF Menu
    A lively and loud Mexican restaurant, featuring flavorful tacos and fajitas served on gluten-free corn tortillas. Gluten-free menu and vegan menu available.

 
Wicker Park and Bucktown

Wicker Park/Bucktown Logan Square

Club Lucky

  • 1824 W. Wabansia, Chicago, 773-227-2300 (Bucktown)
    This Italian restaurant in Bucktown sports a ’40s supper club feel and features gluten-free quinoa spaghetti.

Feast

  • 1616 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, 773-772-7100 (Bucktown)
    25 E. Delaware Place, Chicago, 312-337-4001 (Near North)
    GF menu
    Feast’s gluten-free menu features upscale comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Lula Cafe

  • 2537 N. Kedzie Blvd., Chicago, 773-489-9554 (Logan Square)
    Restaurant offers seasonal organic produce and locally sourced food. They easily adapt items to be gluten-free.

Mana Food Bar

  • 1742 W. Division St., Chicago, 773-342-1742 (Wicker Park)
    Warm and intimate spot serves global vegetarian fare, with gluten-free options, but not a GF menu.

Prasino

  • 1846 W. Division, Chicago, 312-878-1212 (Wicker Park)
    Prasino is dedicated to being sustainable and eco-friendly from the food to the furniture. Regular menu notes gluten-free and vegetarian options.

 
Edgewater, Andersonville, Ravenswood and Rogers Park

Edgewater, Andersonville, Ravenswood, Rogers Park

Cookie Bar

  • 1746 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago, 773-334-0300 (Ravenswood)
    Find gluten-free cookies, donuts, cakes and more at this entirely gluten-free bakery in Ravenswood. Vegan options too. Hours are limited — Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon to 5pm.

Heartland Café

  • 7000 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago, 773-465-8005 (Rogers Park)
    This long-time health-conscious hangout easily adapts many items to be gluten-free.

Lady Gregory’s

  • 5260 N. Clark St., Chicago, 773-271-5050 (Andersonville)
    GF menu
    A sibling of Wilde, Lady Gregory’s offers sandwiches, burgers and even flatbread made on gluten-free bread in a fun pub environment.

Ranalli’s of Andersonville

  • 1512 W. Berwyn Ave., Chicago, 773-334-1300 (Andersonville)
    GF menu
    Gluten-free menu has GF pizza, pasta and even garlic bread. Sandwiches can be made using bread from Rose’s Wheat Free bakery.

 
Loop

Loop

The Berghoff Restaurant

  • 17 W. Adams St., Chicago, 312-427-3170 (Loop)
    A classic Chicago spot, this hearty German restaurant offers some gluten-free items, which are noted on its menu.

Do-Rite Donuts

  • 50 W. Randolph St., Chicago, 312-488-2483 (Loop)
    Blink and you might miss this tiny doughnut shop, tucked next to Petterino’s. Go early for their daily fresh gluten-free doughnuts, which are made with separate oil.

Hannah’s Bretzel

  • 400 N. LaSalle St., 131 S. Dearborn St., 180 W. Washington St., 233 N. Michigan Ave., 312-621-1111 (Loop)
    Uber sandwich shop with many organic items, including organic smoked turkey. All sandwiches can be made on gluten-free bread.

Jason’s Deli

  • 195 N. Dearborn, Chicago, 312-750-1318 (Loop)
    1258 S. Canal St., Chicago, 312-850-0547 (South Loop)
    Plus 7 suburban locations
    Deli sandwiches made on gluten-free bread.

Petterino’s

  • 150 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, 312-422-0150 (Loop)
    GF menu
    Next to the Goodman Theatre, Petterino’s is a good option if you are going to a show in the downtown theater district. GF menu has steaks, salads and other offerings.

Roti

  • 310 W. Adams St., Chicago, 312-236-3500 (Loop)
    10 S. Riverside Plaza, Chicago, 312-775-7000 (Loop)
    Plus 4 other area locations
    GF menu
    Quick-serve Mediterranean spot offers gluten-free chicken and steak kabobs on gluten-free pita.

 
West Loop, Greektown, Near West Side, Hyde Park

West Loop, Greektown, Near West Side, Hyde Park

Avec

  • 615 W. Randolph St., Chicago, 312-377-2002 (West Loop)
    While there is not a separate gluten-free menu, many of the items from seafood to steaks can be made gluten-free.

Karyn’s on Green

  • 130 S. Green St., Chicago, 312-226-6155 (Greektown)
    A sleek, stylish vegan restaurant with many gluten-free options noted on the menu.

The Parthenon

  • 314 S. Halsted St., Chicago, 312-726-2407 (Greektown)
    Greektown is great for large groups. The menu of traditional Greek favorites indicates gluten-free and vegetarian items.

Sit Down Cafe

  • 1312 E. 53rd St., Chicago, 773-324-3700 (Hyde Park)
    GF menu
    This Hyde Park café has a gluten-free menu featuring sandwiches on gluten-free bread, gluten-free pizza and sushi.

 
Suburbs

Suburbs

Da Luciano’s

  • 8343 W. Grand Ave., River Grove, 708-453-1000 (Suburbs)
    GF menu
    Da Luciano’s is the granddaddy of gluten-free in Chicago, with the most extensive GF menu in town. Four out of seven of the owner’s children have celiac disease.

Deerfields Gluten-Free

  • 25 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, 847-520-0068 (Suburbs)
    Deerfields has a designated gluten-free area in its Schaumburg bakery, where they make GF cookies, cheesecake, brownies and baguettes. You can find the products in Whole Foods, too.

Mitchell’s Fish Market

  • 2601 Navy Blvd., Glenview, 847-729-3663 (Suburbs)
    GF menu
    Many gluten-free items among the salads, fresh fish, shellfish and steaks.

OMG … It’s Gluten Free

  • 19810 S. Harlem Ave., Frankfort, 815-469-4900 (Suburbs)
    A 100% gluten free dine-in and carry-out cafe in the southwest suburbs. Many peanut-free items. Awesome brownies.

Rose’s Wheat Free Bakery & Café

  • 2901 Central St., Evanston, 847-859-2723 (Suburbs)
    One of the very few all gluten-free establishments in Chicago. Wide variety of gluten-free and vegan bread and baked goods. The café offers sandwiches, quiche and pizza – all of it gluten-free.

10 responses to “Restaurants

  1. Jillian

    Thai Wild Ginger has closed :(

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  2. jean Rak

    There is a gastropub, Hopscotch Beer and Whiskey Bar in Franklin park, at 9743 Franklin Avenue…that offers Udis hamburger buns and tortillas. In addition, they have a dedicated fryer. And …they offer gluten free beers and ciders.

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  3. Karin

    Thank you! My oldest daughter, now 9, was diagnosed with CD in December. We really don’t eat out in San Diego because I don’t have a lot of confidence that we can feed her safely. She does not have GI symptoms (double edged sword in my opinion), so there is no way for us to truly know if she has been “glutenized”.
    We are traveling to Chicago for my sister’s wedding in May. My anxiety grows by the day as we get closer to our trip because the trip is too long to fall back on fresh fruit & veggies & GF bars! Your list of restaurants will at least narrow things down for us a bit.
    I still have difficulty discerning the restaurant menu’s that have “fad GF” with the ones that really take it seriously. Curious if your daughter has eaten at the majority of the restaurants you have listed?

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    • We have eaten at many of the restaurants listed, but not all of them. I generally trust the restaurants that have a dedicated GF menu more than I trust a restaurant that says “we can adjust things to be gluten-free.” I think the Lettuce Entertain You restaurants, http://www.leye.com, are generally pretty good about gluten-free. If you email me directly, eve (at) glutenfreenosh.com, I can give you more specific recommendations, based on where you will be.
      -Eve

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  4. Amy

    Thank you for your most informative website.
    My 6 year old son was diagnosed with celiac when he turned 3 and eating out is very challenging.
    I wanted to let you know that there is a terrific restaurant in Lakeview called Milt’s Barbeque for the Perplexed : 3411 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657
    (773) 661-6384.
    They have a number of delicious options on their menu explicitly listed as gluten free. My son is very happy to be able to order chicken nuggets and french fries.
    They are certified Kosher as well.
    Amy

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  5. I was very happy to find a gluten-free blog that includes information on restaurants in the Chicago area. I live in the Northwest suburbs, and there are many restaurants out here that provide good gluten-free options. There are also restaurants that have dishes that are gluten free in restaurants that don’t necessarily feature gluten free options. I would be happy to provide information if you would like to add it to your blog.

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    • Hi Carol,
      I would love to add your suggestions to the list. I have pretty much focused on city restaurants, because that’s what I know best. But I know that a lot of readers would welcome an expanded listing of suburban spots as well as city spots — I have many slips of paper on my desk with restaurants to add, but of course I haven’t quite gotten around to them. I am always happy to include reader suggestions for restaurants — so please do let me know!
      Best,
      Eve

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  6. randi rothman

    You rock!!! So thrilled to find this :)

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