Most Chicago’s Restaurant Week menus aren’t exactly friendly to vegetarians. And if meat-free options exist, they don’t exactly provide good values. Many restaurants don’t see the problem with offering vegetarians a few leaves of lettuce while omnivores feast on bone marrow and oysters for the same price.
But Chicago is doing a better job, and with frugality in mind, here are vegetarian-friendly Restaurant Week deals that are good for your conscience and frugality. Restaurant Week starts on Friday, March 19 and goes through Sunday, April 4.
Note: Some restaurants that do not have a vegetarian option listed are open to requests. HaiSous has consistently provided not only fabulous deals for Restaurant Week but they also have been very accommodating to vegetarians. Demera Ethiopian has also been a haven for vegetarians and vegans during Restaurant Week so be on the look-out for when they post their menus. In addition to the spots mentioned below, ROOH and Aba are currently excellent deals for vegetarians.
As of March 2, Chicago restaurants are permitted to serve customers indoors with a 50 percent maximum capacity per room, or 50 people — whichever is fewer. At the same time, despite winter weather, a number of Chicago restaurants continue to offer outdoor seating. Regardless, the state requires reservations for indoor and outdoor dining. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as an endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.