I went to Chicago last week for 5 1/2 days to see my parents and go to the vegandale festival that was on Saturday 6/22. Chicago has a decent amount of vegan friendly places and just strictly vegan spots as well. I tried to try a few places but being the only vegan in my family it was kinda hard to go to strictly vegan spots but I did go to 1 while was there.
The one vegan spot I was able to try was No Bones Beach Club. I ordered the nachos with jackfruit on the side (cause my mom didn’t want to try it), the buffalo cauliflower wings, fries with old bay seasoning, the fried avocado tacos, the crab cakes, and the amaze balls. The nachos were and the wings were so good. The cheese sauce on the nachos was bomb. My family wasn’t super open to trying things so my experience wasn’t the greatest but the food was good and the vibe of the restaurant was pretty chill. Also the apps are pretty high up there in price about $13 a piece so the check was around $72.
I did attend the the Vegandale festival which was so cool I’ve never been to a vegan festival before and I met some really interesting people there everyone was so friendly and accommodating. I tried a vegan Big Mac, vegan Chicago style hotdog, sausage and peppers w/ spicy mustard, this rainbow cake (which was so good I’m still daydreaming about it), nachos, cauli wings, veggie tempura, deep dish vegan pizza, and the fried chicken which I waited 3 hours for. Also the kombucha that GTS provided was free and I drank like 4 of them. There was this water refill cart/ truck thing where you could fill up water bottles for free which I had never seen before and it was honestly the best thing vegandale could’ve provided. I saw a lot more ethnic vegans than what is shown on social media and it was just a good time. My family did however go straight to portillos when the festival was over and for everyone that doesn’t know portillos is a meat fest place hotdogs, polishes, Italian beefs. But atleast they came out to the festival and stayed all day 12-7 with me.
Besides the rainbow cake the fried chicken and the sausage w/ peppers were my favorite things I had at the festival I wish I had tried way more food but I tried a decent amount and the festival was packed so lines were pretty long.
The vegan food scene in Chicago is way better than I thought it would be – with Chicago being the meat packing city capital in the US. And the next time I go I’d like to try even more vegan restaurants that Chicago has to offer.