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Jan 23, 2020

The Top Organic Restaurants to Try in Chicago This Winter

There are many things to love about big city living when you reside in a place like the Windy City. Cultural centers like museums and galleries, world-class universities, professional and semi-professional sports teams, entertainment venues of all sizes – and those are just a few of the things you can enjoy.

Of course, the same things you love about living in Chicago are the same amenities that draw thousands and thousands of tourists to the city every year. In fact, some tourists head to Chicago just for the food. From specialty pizza to Indian food, Asian fare and hearty American dishes made with locally sourced ingredients and so much more, you’ll be hard-pressed to go hungry in the Windy City.

And the same can be said if you’re committed to organic eating. Just like the city is home to many other kinds of eateries, organic restaurants abound in Chicago. If you want to try out some of the area’s organic restaurants, you’ll find a generous number of options at Organic Restaurants.

Hannah’s Bretzel

Founded with the goal of being “über” in every way, Hannah’s Bretzel has multiple locations throughout Chicago. The philosophy at Hannah’s Bretzel is about as simple as it gets – begin with the highest quality ingredients and follow them up with a conscience.

Hannah’s Bretzel is proud to be the embodiment of what fast-casual restaurants are evolving into rather than what this type of eatery once was. Unlike some other restaurants, Hannah’s Bretzel looks at more than its bottom line when it comes to its operations. Unafraid to lead by example, Hannah’s Bretzel strives to make better food and things ever-better for everybody.

Every sandwich Hannah’s Bretzel serves up is organic, free of chemical additives and nutritionally balanced. The food served at the restaurant’s locations is made with the smallest carbon footprint possible as well.

For food you can feel better about, head over to the nearest Hannah’s Bretzel location in Chicago this winter.


Located in the Bridgeport community of Chicago, Nana operates in the building its founding family grew up in. Nana serves traditional brunch favorites that boast Mexican influences that speak to its founder’s heritage. The eatery also serves up tasty sandwiches, hearty salads and revolving specials over the weekend.

Nana sources its ingredients from an intricate network of local producers and growers. The meats and poultry served at this restaurant are both antibiotic- and hormone-free.

If you enjoy an adult beverage from time to time, enter 3267 Halstead Street in Chicago into your GPS. That’s where you’ll find Nana and where you can sip seasonal cocktails and tasty regional beers that pair superbly with the eatery’s mouth-watering fare.

Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea

Credited with introducing direct trade practices to the coffee industry, Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea was founded by Doug Zell and Emily Mange back in 1995 after they relocated to Chicago from San Francisco. The duo founded their first coffeebar in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.

Now with locations in six cities located across the United States, Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea operates six coffee bars in Chicago alone. Despite the company’s growth over the years, Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea still serves as a means for people to connect with others as well as their respective communities in an intimate manner on a personal level.

Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea doesn’t “just” sell outstanding coffee. The chain sells “exclusive remarkable coffees you won’t find anywhere else.” Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea’s proven, long-standing commitment to sustainable farming and careful land stewardship by growers the world over has enabled the chain to create and curate a sustainable business model that benefits its founders, partners and patrons all at the same time.

In addition to flavorful coffee that’s best described as “unique,” “outstanding,” and “worldly,” Intelligentsia also sells teas and merchandise like travel mugs and apparel. Whether you want a great cup of joe, a yummy tea or a thoughtful gift for a friend or family member, head over to the nearest Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea location in Chicago this winter. If you can’t make it to a brick-and-mortar location today, you can order supplies, brewing equipment and merchandise from Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea online.

West Town Bakery & Diner

With multiple locations throughout the Windy City, West Town Bakery & Diner makes it convenient to pick up food that represents a twist on a classic meal. Do you want to build your own avocado toast? You can do it at this eatery. Do you like pancakes, waffles, sandwiches and tasty desserts, pastries and baked goods? You can enjoy them all at West Town Bakery & Diner.

West Town Bakery & Diner has an assortment of wonderful drinks to go along with its yummy food. For starters, Dark Matter Coffee created a proprietary blend of house coffee for restaurants operating under the West Town Bakery & Diner brand. Teas by Rare Tea Cellars, Roots Root Beer and fresh juices are also on the drink menu. If you want to indulge in an adult beverage, you can grab a can of beer from Revolution Brewing or sip on a mimosa or bloody Mary when you visit a West Town Bakery & Diner location this winter.

Local Root

You’ll find Local Root close to Chicago’s Navy Pier. A veritable oasis, this restaurant is widely known among locals for its locally sourced, organic fare. Nestled in the heart of the Streeterville neighborhood, Local Root’s menu features farm-to-table ingredients. Salads, soups and flatbreads are some of the things you’ll want to try on the restaurant’s lunch menu. Popular dinner options include grass-fed steak Frites, free-range chicken and finger-licking pork ribs.

Upload Your Restaurant Review to Organic Restaurants

Whenever you visit an organic restaurant, we want to hear all about it. Write a review and upload it to our website so you can help us help others know where to get fantastic organic fare that’s true to its name, delicious and satisfying. We can’t wait to see what you think about the organic restaurants you’re going to try this winter and all the seasons that follow.

Thank you in advance for sharing your reviews with Organic Restaurants!

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