GF Chicago Restaurants

The following Chicago area restaurants have gluten free menus or offer gluten free items.
This list is constantly updated

This list is compiled based on restaurants that offer gluten free menu options. This list does not guarantee that there will not be cross contamination in the restaurant's kitchen. As we learned with Domino's Pizza, not all restaurants handle the issue of gluten as seriously as others. Just as you would at any restaurant, don't forget to ask questions, make special requests, or even speak with the chef.

Quick selection: American, Bakeries, Barbecue, Cafes, Catering, Chinese, Diners, Ethiopian, French, German, Greek, Hawaiian Fusion, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Lebanese/Mediterranean, Mexican, Sandwiches, Seafood, Spanish Steakhouse, Thai, Vegan/Vegetarian, Vietnamese, Fast Food

American/Gastropubs/Bars
Bakeries
Barbecue


Cafés
  • American Girl Place in Chicago (Magnificent Mile) (call ahead for gluten free sandwich bread, scones, and pastries)
  • Armitage Courtyard Cafe in Chicago (Hermosa) *Katherine says, "And my mom just opened a cafe in Hermosa, and because we have to eat gluten free, we make sure there are options. Our meats are all GF, and our home-made salad dressings are all GF as well. We don't offer GF bread, but we will if the demand increases."
  • Atrium Cafe at the Doubletree Chicago Oak Brook Inn in Oak Brook
  • The Berghoff in Chicago (Loop) *Completed the GREAT Kitchen Program*
  • Blind Faith Cafe in Evanston, IL *Completed the GREAT Kitchen Program*
  • Bountiful Eatery in Chicago (Lakeview)
  • Cassava in Chicago (Lakeview)
  • Convito Cafe and Market in Wilmette, IL
  • Dunning's Market in Homewood, IL
  • Eat Fit Cafe in Chicago (South Loop)
  • Egg Harbor Cafe in Arlington Heights, Barrington, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Glenview, Hinsdale, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Lombard, and Wheaton
  • Goodess and Grocer in Chicago (Bucktown, Lincoln Park, River North, O'Hare Airport Terminal 5)
  • Goodwin's Restaurant in Chicago (Loop) - This restaurant is actually in my office building and they have a MyBread gluten free sandwich makin' station. They can make any sandwich on the MyBread gluten free pitas and lemme tell ya, they are amazing!
  • The Grind in Chicago (Lincoln Sqaure)
  • Honey Cafe in Glenn Ellyn, IL
  • Lula Cafe in Chicago (Logan Square)
  • Marie's Cafe and Catering in Chicago (Mt. Greenwood) (Marie offers GF burgers on Schar buns, GF cookies, GF breakfast sandwiches and GF fries (made in separate fryer) AND she has a good understanding of CD and all things GF.) 
  • Meli Cafe and Juice Bar in Chicago (Greektown and River North) (Gluten Free Pancakes!) *Eat with caution. A Gluten Free Betsy reader, comments, "My wife and I walked about 2.5 miles specifically to eat breakfast at Meli's based off of the list.  While they do offer some gluten free options, they take no other conditions into consideration such as contaminated cook or counter space.  Further, when asked to prepare eggs in separate pan so they would be of the griddle where everything gluten is prepared, they could not accommodate.  This is very serious especially when you are dealing with an individual with an actual problem and not one that is attempting a fad diet."
  • Mista in Chicago (East Lakeview)
  • Over Easy Cafe in Chicago (Ravenswood) *Ask for gluten free bread
  • Protein Bar in Chicago (Loop locations, River North, and Lincoln Park) (my review)
  • Soul Amici in Riverside
  • The Sit Down Cafe and Sushi Bar in Chicago (Hyde Park)
  • Wheat's End Artisan Foods at Senza in Chicago (Lakeview)


Catering


Chinese
  • bd's Mongolian Grill in Bolingbrook and Naperville *David says, "For Valentine's Day, I had to find something nearby and compatible with my wife's dietary requirements.  First, this restaurant lists the nutrition information for all its menu items on-line including allergens and gluten-free categories. Secondly, they have a separate cooking center and chef (at least in the Bolingbrook location) for those with allergies and gluten-free concerns, to avoid cross-contamination.  We had a pleasant experience and my wife was very satisfied."
  • Big Bowl in Chicago (Goldcoast and River North), Lincolnshire, and Schaumburg
  • Hot Woks Cool Sushi in Chicago (Multiple Locations) *ask for gluten free soy sauce*
  • P.F. Chang's in Chicago (Near North Side), Lombard, Northbrook, Orland Park, Schaumburg
  • Sunda in Chicago (River North) *Specify gluten free*
  • WOK'n Fire in Addison, Burr Ridge, Elmhurst, South Barrington, St. Charles, and Wheaton

Diners

Ethiopian

    French
    German
    • Bavaria Hof in Schaumburg, IL
    • The Berghoff in Chicago (downtown) CEO, Carlyn Berghoff’s middle daughter was diagnosed with Celiac Disease almost 4 years ago and so she has since written a gluten-free cookbook and is very active in the gluten-free community. She teamed up with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness to help create a restaurant training program for gluten-free certification. All of the Chefs and Managers are trained and they are certified gluten-free. It’s something they take very seriously.

    Greek

    Hawaiian Fusion

    Indian

    Italian

    Japanese
    • ANI in Chicago (Lakeview) *Assistant Manager, Meghan says, "Ani (兄) is Japanese for your 'older brother'.  Two Japanese-Hawaiian brothers, Ty & Troy Fujimura opened Ani in late March of this year, which is their brother restaurant to Arami, 1829 W Chicago Ave.  We just started our press about a month ago, as the owners & Chef Shin wanted to smooth out any hiccups in, both, BOH & FOH prior.  Now that press is under way, it was my task to create a dedicated GF Menu with Chef Shin for our many dinners that suffer from gluten sensitivity, intolerance and Celiac disease.  In addition to our GF menu, we have a wicked fantastic sake list and two Shochu's to offer guests."
    • Cocoro Sushi and Restaurant in Chicago (River North) Call ahead for Gluten Free
    • Hot Woks Cool Sushi in Chicago (Multiple Locations) *ask for GF Soy Sauce*
    • Kona Grill in Oak Brook and Lincolnshire
    • NoMi in Chicago (downtown on the 7th floor in the Park Hyatt) *their sushi is gf and they have gf soy sauce*
    • RA Sushi in Chicago (Gold Coast), Glenview and Lombard *Ask for GF Soy Sauce*
    • Reel Club in Oakbrook *The cheesy popovers that get served to every table that sits down are naturally gluten free! The gluten free items on the menu are denoted with an asterisk, hooray for sushi!
    • The Sit Down Cafe and Sushi Bar in Chicago (Hyde Park)
    • Slurping Turtle in Chicago (River North)
    • Takashi in Chicago (Bucktown)
    • WOK'n Fire in Addison, Burr Ridge, Elmhurst, South Barrington, St. Charles, and Wheaton

    Latin

    Lebanese/Mediterranean

    Mexican 

    Sandwiches

    Seafood

    Southern

    • Cafe Ba Ba Reeba in Chicago (Lincoln Park)
    • Macarena Tapas in Naperville (Kerri on Facebook says, "they have GF menu and they were so careful and attentive. I must share with my GF community!"

    Steakhouse

    Thai

    Vegan/Vegetarian
    Vietnamese



    Fast Food Chain Restaurants
    Coming Soon!


    Bloggers and other webmasters, please do not steal this list. You are more than welcome to link back to it, but please give me credit, since this took several months to compile and is still a work in progress. Thanks! -Betsy


    If you are a restaurant owner in the Chicagoland area and your restaurant has a gluten free menu that you would like added to this list, please email me at betsy@glutenfreebetsy.com.

    Last updated October 20, 2014 (updates are now highlighted!)