Chicago in August
Planning a 3 night trip in chicago with my girlfriend. She has never been to chicago. We both are vegeterian. We are staying near gold coast. We will have a car. Looking for restauarant recommendations as well as things to do. She is a history buff, so definitely planning to go to the museums as well as wrigley field, more for me. Also, try some deep dish, italian (thinking francesco's or Briciola) and piece pizzeria.
By all means, help out sudkothary with advice about chow in Chicago. The other tourism advice he asks about, though, is off-topic for Chowhound.
This thread may be helpful to you: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/864371
Also, if you search and look at other people's itineraries you will get ideas for sightseeing as well as restaurants (the boat tour from the architecture society was recommended to us by several friends). Here is my itinerary and a few other helpful websites for you:
Vegetarian + car, you might want to try our Indian/Pakistani neighborhood---Devon Avenue running west of Western Avenue for about eight blocks. Dozens of restaurants, all very reasonable. I once had jury duty with an Indian guy who lived up there and he told me Udupi Palace is the best vegetarian but you will find manymany more and I think all of them offer vegetarian options.. Personally I'm fond of Viceroy of India. And the neighborhood is fun for browsing---shops sell saris, wedding suits, Hindu religous items, etc and the grocery stores (Patel's is biggest) have good small gifts to take home (bags of spices are 'way cheaper than spices in tiny supermarket bottles). Great neighborhood, like going abroad only you don't need a passport. BTW Tuesday is the day many shops on Devon close, instead of Sunday---not the most fun day to go.
Hey thanks for the repies. We will have a car, as this is part of a 9 day road trip. Also, we are not that strict whne it comes to vegeterian. Just trying to find some local places that are must tries from a local chicago view.
Places I've been to and liked (I'm a lacto-ovo vegetarian):
Green Zebra (this would be vegetarian fine dining)
Chicago Diner (Meat free since 83!) in Lakeview. Diner food. LOVE the vegan "milkshakes" here.
Native Foods Cafe. This is a small chain with three locations in Chicago. Their food is vegan and outstanding (and those two words don't always go together, so there's that...)
Handlebar. Funky bar with terrific food. Lots of Mexican-inspired fare.
For Deep Dish: Lou Malnati's. Hands down. The all-veggie pie, which I think is "The Malnati" is superb. In fact, I'm salivating for one as I type....
As you know, you probably can get veg fare at just about any restaurant...these are just a few suggestions of places that do all or mostly all veg fare.....
Great suggestions above.
While most restaurants do have vegetarian options, some neighborhoods cater more to vegetarians and vegans. Those include Logan Square, Bucktown, Wicker Park, West Town, Andersonville. You can search for restaurants in those neighborhoods on opentable.com.
You can also filter your search on opentable by cuisine (vegetarian/vegan), but in those neighborhoods you are most likely to have good options on a menu that is not strictly vegetarian.