TravelAug/Sep 2012 Issue

Dining Out in Chicago

These restaurants offer a gluten-free menu or otherwise accommodate customers with special dietary needs. Always call ahead and double-check with a manager regarding your particular food allergies and sensitivities.

Da Luciano

8343 W. Grand Ave., River Grove,


Da Luciano’s, an old-style Italian restaurant, is the granddaddy of gluten-free in Chicago, with the most extensive gluten-free menu in town. Four out of seven of the owner’s children have celiac disease.

Karyn’s Fresh Corner Café

1901 N. Halsted St., Chicago,


This gourmet vegan restaurant serves only raw foods, prepared in innovative ways. Gluten-free options are noted on the menu.

Gluten-free pizza

Photo by Kristina Nies/cheesepics

Gluten-free pizza with goat's milk mozzarella, artichokes and katamala olives from Rose's Wheat Free Bakery

Grilled N.Y. Strip

Photo by Ryan R. Taylor

Grilled N.Y. Strip, Red Bliss Gratin, Cippolini, Asparagus, Peekytoe Crab with Curry is one meal developed by executive chef Noah Sandoval of Senza, an all gluten-free restaurant in Lakeview.

Gluten-free cupcakes from Swirlz Cupcakes.

© Rachel Kramer Bussel/Cupcakes Take The Cake

Gluten-free cupcakes from Swirlz Cupcakes.

Karyn’s on Green

130 S. Green St., Chicago


A sleek, stylish vegan restaurant in the Greektown neighborhood, with many gluten-free options noted on the menu.

Rose’s Wheat Free Bakery & Café

2901 Central St., Evanston


No need to worry about cross-contamination—everything is gluten-free here. The bakery case has a wide variety of gluten-free and vegan bread and baked goods. The café offers sandwiches, quiche and pizza—all of it is gluten-free and much of it is vegan.


2873 N. Broadway, Chicago


Senza, an all gluten-free restaurant, opened in Lakeview this summer. With a tagline of “surprisingly gluten-free,” Senza emphasizes great-tasting contemporary cuisine.

Swirlz Cupcakes

705 W. Belden Ave., Chicago


This cupcake emporium offers gluten-free and vegan cupcakes—from red velvet to chocolate peanut butter. Perfect for birthdays and any day.

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