Chicago’s First Vegan Ice Cream Shop to Open This Spring
Vaca’s Creamery—the first all-vegan ice cream shop in Chicago—is set to open this spring. The establishment is inspired by the popular Sweet Ritual in Austin and a love for vegan ice cream.
Cinnaholic to Open New Location in Chicago’s Wicker Park Neighborhood
Cinnaholic—a build-your-own vegan cinnamon roll chain—will open its third Chicago area location in Wicker Park. The California-based franchise has over 38 locations nationwide and offers plant-based cinnamon rolls with a variety of toppings.
8 Vegan Valentine’s Day Specials in Chicago
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and we’re looking forward to the special vegan menus! Here are eight spots to pick up vegan Valentine’s Day dinner and treats in Chicago.
Chicago Vegan Restaurants Open for Takeout and Delivery
Stuck at home quarantining and need a delicious vegan meal that also supports local businesses? Check out this list of vegan (and vegan-friendly) restaurants that are open for takeout and delivery in Chicago.
Where to Pick up a Vegan Thanksgiving Feast in Chicago
The holiday season is upon us, and we’re looking forward to a virtual gathering with friends and family, and good food! Here are 10 spots to order a vegan Thanksgiving feast for takeout in Chicago, including everything from mashed potatoes and stuffing to cranberry sauce and pie.
New Raw Vegan Restaurant Opens in Chicago’s West Loop
Uncooked—an all-vegan and zero waste restaurant—opened its doors in Chicago’s Fulton Market District on July 6, 2020. The Black-owned, woman-owned, and family-owned restaurant was founded by Jeremy Jones, Kaitlyn Jones, and Carole Jones. Carole is the former chef and cofounder of Chicago Raw, a raw plant-based establishment in Chicago.
This Chicago Vegan Pizzeria Now Ships Deep-Dish Pizza Nationwide
Danny and Jammie Gulino, owners of Chicago House of ‘Za, are now shipping their famous Chicago-style vegan pizza to all 48 contiguous states. The Frozen ‘Za Variety Pack features two stuffed deep-dish pizzas, two thin-crust pizzas and one pan pizza and can be ordered on their website.
Chicago Vegan Test Kitchen Launches Vegan Farmers Market
Nena Ramirez, founder of Chicago Vegan Test Kitchen—a vegan pop-up in Chicago—is launching a weekly vegan farmers market called Vegan Paradise at The Plant (a research and production facility comprising a collaborative community of small food businesses). The market will take place every Sunday from 11am to 5pm starting August 2nd and goes until September 6th.
New Chicago Vegan Ice Cream Pop-Up Launches to Raise Money for Social Justice
Chicago's JUSTice Cream stands for social justice. The new, woman-led company is debuting a line of vegan ice cream in the Windy City and 100% net profit will go to organizations fighting for change.
Chicago Plant-Based Food Drive Provides Food to Black Families on Father’s Day
Chicago resident and founder of Cruelty Free You and Me, Vick Hauptman, partnered up with I Grow Chicago in Englewood to conduct a plant-based food drive for Black fathers in celebration of Father’s Day. The Plant-Based Father’s Day event took place with the help of donations from the community and vegan restaurants in Chicago. Local vegan establishments that donated included Ste Martean, Kale My Name, Soul Vegan, Mindful Baking, No Bones Beach Club, Starship Salon, Handlebar, Twidley Bits, and more.
Chicago’s Alarmist Brewing Launches New Vegan-Friendly Beer That Gives Back
Joe Hehl, a vegan recipe creator, partners up with Alarmist Brewing in Chicago to brew a limited edition vegan beer. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to My Block, My Hood, My City, a nonprofit community organization that supports underprivileged youth by providing opportunities and experiences with an exposure-based education program.
Vegan Cheeze Brand Cheeze & Thank You, Debuts at Chicago Whole Foods
Cheeze &Thank You vegan cheese in Dill Havarti, Herbed Feta, Black Garlic Truffle Fontina, Mustard Seed Smoked Gouda, Giardiniera Jack and Mozzarella Capri will be available for purchase at Whole Foods locations (Hyde Park, Gold Coast, South Loop, Halsted, Streeterville, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Edgewater, and West Loop) in late June.
Chicago’s Art of Dosa Donates Vegan Meals to Healthcare Workers
Art of Dosa, a vegan South Indian restaurant in Chicago feeds area healthcare workers. Ravi Nagubadi, the owner, donated 60 meals April 1st to St. Mary and Elizabeth Chicago ICU. The establishment has continued to donate meals and even launched a sponsorship program.
The Chicago House Of ‘Za Permanently Closes in June
Deep-dish pizza is a staple in the Windy City, and The Chicago House Of ‘Za is certainly one of the top vegan pizzerias in the nation. The family-owned restaurant located in the Lake View neighborhood announced it will be closing its doors on June 20, 2020.
Chicago Plant-Based Food Drive Collects Donations for Moms This Mother’s Day
A plant-based food drive took place on May 7th in Chicago to deliver vegan groceries, meals, and goods to over 50 women for Mother’s Day.
This Chicago Vegan Restaurant Will Ship Deep Dish Pizza to Your Door
Vegan Chicago-style deep dish pizza can now be delivered to your door! Vegan restaurant Kitchen 17, located in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood, has expanded delivery due to the COVID-19. According to owner, Jennie Plasterer, Kitchen 17 has begun shipping frozen pizzas to 32 states.
How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Vegan Style in Chicago
Whether you're celebrating with your significant other, your friends, or yourself we have you covered with the perfect way to enjoy Valentine’s Day in Chicago!
4 Spots for Vegan Super Bowl Catering in Chicago
Don't go hungry watching the big game! Check out these Chicago area Super Bowl catering specials for all your game day party needs.
Your Vegan Guide to Chicago Restaurant Week
Restaurant Week in Chicago runs from January 24th to February 9th and offers prix fixe menus consisting of multi-course meals priced at $24 during brunch or lunch and $36 (and/or $48) for dinner (excluding beverages, tax, and gratuity). We gathered vegan eats for you and your friends to check out for this limited time!
Vegan Cinnamon Roll Shop Expands to Chicago Suburbs
The all-vegan cinnamon roll chain, Cinnaholic, is opening two new locations in Naperville and Schaumburg. This California-based shop, featured on Shark Tank in 2014, has over 38 locations in the US and Canada and offers a create-your-own cinnamon roll that is 100% vegan, egg-free, dairy-free, and cholesterol-free.