The Chicago Diner is a meat-free fixture of the Boystown neighborhood. Established in 1983, it is one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in Chicago and is consistently ranked as one of the best in the country. The menu features American diner classics with a vegetarian/vegan twist: burgers, steak & eggs, chicken sandwiches, fish tacos – all flavor, just no meat.
The Radical Reuben is a show-stopper and fan-favorite, featuring the house recipe thin-sliced seitan, a plant-based protein made from wheat. The vegan milkshakes are highly regarded especially the peanut butter cookie dough. There’s a full brunch selection, as well as cocktails, beer, and wine. Top it off with an impressive selection of vegan desserts that are featured in Whole Foods Markets across the Midwest.
Now with a second location in Logan Square, the original Boystown site offers amenities of free evening and weekend parking, a covered patio, and old school diner ambiance with plenty of chrome-accented furniture and charm. Celebrating its 35th anniversary, it’s no surprise the Chicago Diner has made its way into the hearts of thousands of vegetarians and omnivores. It’s a haven for the health-conscious, animal kinship, gluten-free dining, and dairy-free delights.
Northalsted Business Alliance is the chamber of commerce working to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in our district through programming, services, and events that celebrate our LGBTQ+ history, promote tourism and foster a welcoming, safe community for all.
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