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7 LGBTQ-Owned Vegan-Friendly Restaurants to Support in Chicago

Explore Chicago’s vibrant LGBTQ-owned restaurant scene this Pride Month!

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Courtesy of Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

Explore Chicago’s vibrant LGBTQ-owned restaurant scene this Pride Month!

Happy Pride 2023! We stand as allies with the LGBTQ+ community now and always, but the month of June presents a remarkable occasion to amplify our support. So, this Pride Month we’re heading to the Windy City to show our love to the Queer community. Are you with us? Here’s your sign to check out these vegan-friendly, LGBTQ-owned restaurants in Chicago.

Kale My Name

Albany Park

You may recognize this LGBTQ-owned restaurant as the winner of the 2023 VegOut Vegan Restaurant of the Year Award. Yeah, this plant-based eatery is seriously that good! Owned by Nemanja Golubovic, this all-vegan eatery features an inclusive menu loaded with dishes that are ready to crush any craving you may have. Some of our faves include the Cauliflower Wings, Buffalo Tofu Wrap, and Chicago Burger. But as you may know, you really can’t go wrong here.

Kale My Name vegan wrap on plate

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Sfera Sicilian Street Food



Channeling their culinary adventures abroad, owners Steven Jarczyk and Daniela Vitale combined their passion for cooking and opened Sfera Sicilian Street Food. This LGBTQ-owned restaurant features two vegan-friendly choices to enjoy. Both the Hearty Vegan Salad (a seasonal mix of tasty vegetables and grains) and the Pane e Panelle (a handheld loaded with crispy chickpea fritters and vegan lemon-caper aioli) make up the eatery’s vegan selections.

Sandwich from Sfera Sicilian Street Food

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D.S. Tequila Company



Established in 2010, D.S. Tequila Company is a casual, Tex-Mex eatery owned by John Dalton. Along with exciting Pride events and refreshing cocktails, this LGBTQ-owned restaurant features a delicious vegan-friendly menu. Plant-based options include Chips & Guacamole, Mushroom Tacos, and the Impossible Burger adorned with vegan hot pepper cheese. Check out this tasty joint next time you’re in Lakeview.

D.S. Tequila Company burger and fries on plate

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The Lunchroom at SPACE 519



Located within SPACE 519, The Lunchroom focuses on vegetable-forward cuisine and offers a wide array of vegan choices. Enjoy the Vegan Tofu Scramble or The Lunchroom Overnight Oats for breakfast. Feast on tasty vegan-friendly lunch options like Cauliflower Soup and Fingerling Potato & Green Olive Salad. Finish up the experience with a walk through SPACE 519’s curated boutique. Owned by Lance Lawson and Jim Wetzel, the LGBTQ-owned space could keep you busy for hours!

The Lunchroom at SPACE 519 soup in bowl

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Humboldt Park


This LGBTQ-owned restaurant has the hookup on comfort food, vegan options included. When in Chicago, you need to head to Split-Rail to order the Vegetarian Fried “Chicken.” This vegan-friendly dish consists of house-made seitan strips with a side of tangy hot sauce. The Split-Rail is owned by Zoe Schor and the restaurant’s sister spaces include Dorothy (a lesbian cocktail lounge) and The Martin (a Queer-owned full-service gallery and creative space).

Split-Rail vegan dish on plate

Courtesy of Split-Rail


Fulton Market


Restaurateur Emmanuel Nony opened both Sepia and Proxi after laying down roots in the Chicago area. Proxi’s menu is globally inspired and features fresh and vibrant dishes with vegan-friendly options available. While the menu varies, plant-based dishes have included roasted cauliflower; lentil dumplings; red lentil, curry, & almond hummus; and chia pudding.

Person dipping in vegan dish from Proxi

Courtesy of Proxi

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club



Whether you’re planning a night out on the town or a memorable drag brunch with your best friends, head to Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club. While you’re there, treat yourself to a refreshing cocktail, a tasty mocktail, or a vegan-friendly bite to eat. The Chips & Guac, Hummus Platter, and Avocado Toast can all be made vegan. Owned by Edward Gisiger and Ramesh Ariyanayakam, this is a LGBTQ-owned Chicago staple!

Photo of Pride Street painting

Courtesy of Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

Anja Grommons

Anja Grommons


During her studies to become a registered dietitian, Anja—a longtime vegetarian—transitioned to a vegan diet. Living in Kalamazoo, Michigan at the time (Go Broncos!), she met Maggie and Tammie through VegOut Kalamazoo (one of VegOut’s first focus cities) and began collaborating with the duo. When she’s not writing about new vegan eats, practicing as a pediatric clinical dietitian, and virtually coaching fellow plant-based eaters, you can find her creating veg-centric recipes, trying new cruelty-free products, and spending time with her partner Addison and cat Kovu.

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