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Aug 29, 2011 08:55 PM

Gluten Free Bakeries in River North or Mag Mile Area?

From a couple of Toronto Chowhounds - My wife was recently diagnosed as Gluten sensitive. Now she has to avoid anything baked with wheat, i.e. just about everything. Any recommendations for a cafe or bakery near the Ritz Carlton? We'll be visiting your fair city in a few weeks.

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  1. I don't know of any in that area, sorry. Maybe places can do gluten-free items on request. It might be worth a call to Fox & Obel, which is in that area; it's our premier gourmet food store, with perhaps the best in-house bakery in the city.

    If you happen to be anywhere near Evanston (the first town north of Chicago on Lake Michigan), Rose's Bakery there is wheat-free and gluten-free, the only such place in the Chicago area, according to their website.

    If you want to get to Rose's by public transit, it's about 3/4 mile west of the Metra commuter train station at Central Street/Evanston, or you could take the CTA Red Line el (subway) to Howard Street and catch the CTA #201 bus there (use a CTA farecard so you only have to pay $.25 for the transfer instead of separate full fares when paying cash). See for Metra information, for CTA information.

    1. I don't know of a GF bakery downtown, but Wildfire, which is a decent downtown steakhouse, serves warm GF bread at the table, plus burger and sandwich options, again with GF bread.

      Also, if you haven't already tried UDI"s brand of GF products, pick up the "whole grain" sandwich bread, hamburger buns, and Pamela's pancake mix (better than wheat flour pancakes, really amazing stuff) at Whole Foods Grocery Store.

      Also, head to Roti Mediterranean Grill served with GF pita from Rose's Bakery.

      For pretty decent GF pizza, try Connie's at Navy Pier for the best thin crust and Father and Son-Marcello's on at 625 W. North Ave., for the best deep dish in town.

      GF Thai upon request:
      Thai Wild Ginger at Clybourn and Webster Avenues. The Webster Regal Theatre is across the street in case you're in the mood for a movie.

      Thai Wild Ginger Restaurant
      2203 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614