Ali Wren

whole-hearted living, healthy-minded eating


Beatrix I love the Straight “A” Salad (without asiago) and kennebec fries for lunch or dinner. Beatrix also has a lot of gluten free baked goods (not all dairy free) and a decent brunch selection.

Epic Burger The best turkey burger I’ve ever had. I enjoy mine wrapped in lettuce, tomato, avocado, and a fried egg. And their fries are to die for.

Grand Lux Cafe The vast menu has something for everyone, and the wait staff is always willing to accommodate items to be made gluten free or dairy free.

Grange Hall Burger Bar A super quaint place with gluten free options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Gluten free and dairy free dessert options! Gluten free and vegan items are marked on the menu.

Hub 51 One of the best salads I’ve ever had is the Kale & Avocado salad: grapefruit, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and cranberries. I also love the pulled chicken tacos. Hub 51 has a specific gluten free menu.

KitchFix Fully prepared paleo meals ready to be reheated and eaten at your convenience!

Left Coast Food and Juice Amazing options of toast, grains, greens, juices, bowls, and smoothies. Menu items are marked gluten free, dairy free, and vegan.

LYFE Kitchen A delicious option for a quick-ish bite to eat that is healthier than fast food. LYFE Kitchen offers specific gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan menus. I love their kale salad, baked sweet potato fries, and corn chowder soup.

Osteria LaMadia The best gluten free pizza in Chicago, in my opinion! I love their arugula salad: gala apples, 3-hour roasted grapes, spicy walnuts, and walnut vinaigrette (sans parmigiano for me).

Quartino Exceptional service and unique Italian ambiance. I love their sun dried tomato soup and chicken soup with gluten free crackers and wild arugula salad (without farro), containing naval orange, hazelnuts, house made goats milk ricotta (the orange and ricotta combo is legit), and EVOO. Specific gluten free menu available.

True Food Kitchen I like to order a bowl or salad and add protein. Their menu notes gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan items. They offer tasty dessert options for gluten free and vegan diets too!

Whole Foods at Lincoln Park My favorite Whole Foods with so many food options! I have heart eyes for their hot food bar, tacos and guacamole.

Wildfire Modern day diner with a 1940’s feel. Pretty amazing gluten free menu.