Vegetarian chow in Chicago?
I'm coming to Chicago over the summer-- what would you suggest for vegetarian chow (coming from Madison, WI, which has pretty good food, considering. Looking for interesting food and perhaps a splurge meal).
Definitely Green Zebra http://www.greenzebrachicago.com/ for a splurge and a higher end meal it is not strictly vegetarian but has many vegetarian choices - strictly vegetarian choices include The Chicago Diner http://www.veggiediner.com/ and Blindfaith Cafe in Evanston - http://www.blindfaithcafe.com/ - All are very good -
For a cheap, unique and good meal. I am huge fan of Handlebar. Not many comments on this site about Handlebar from what I have seen thus far, but it really has some interesting options and a hipster atmosphere. I was not a fan of Green Zebra as I felt the food was more for show than to eat, but most of the other recs both in this thread and in past threads are good options. http://handlebarchicago.com/
Don't overlook Lula's in Logan Square. It's small, funky, popular and has a lot of interesting vegetarian options. Nice dinners, but also great brunches. It has a bit of a Madison feel to it, actually. It's the kind of place you'd expect to find in a college town.
One of the most interesting veg. restaurants is Soul Veg, which features vegetarian soul food--a bizarre, yet brilliant combination. Location wise, it is definitely a trek from the bland confines of the mag mile, but the journey just whets your appetite.
Soul Vegetarian East
205 E. 75th St.
Oh man -- I've been to almost all and reviewed all the ones I've been to.
Karyn's Cooked (http://www.menuism.com/restaurants/bO...) is my favorite veggie place in the United States. The Chicago Diner (http://www.menuism.com/restaurants/ba...) is also fun. If you're down for a hitting a late-night diner (and I assume you know how to have fun, 'cause you're from Madison!), check out the Pick Me Up Cafe (http://www.menuism.com/restaurants/by...). If you're a student at UWMadison, you'll be in good company there.
Hope this helps.