Illinois: This Dairy-Free Restaurant & Shop Guide will Blow You Over

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Last Update in July 2021! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, ice cream shops, and stores in Illinois that are friendly to dairy-free diners. It’s a collection based on research and reader recommendations (send yours!) that’s divided into restaurants & shops by city (first) and major chains found throughout the state (second). And we’ve started a section for specialty dairy-free foods produced in this state.

We Update Continuously! You can ignore the original date on this post going forward. We update the information below whenever we’re alerted to a new recommendation, change, or closure.

Dairy-Free Illinois: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with gluten-free and vegan optionsPhoto from The Chicago Diner in Chicago, Illinois

Dairy-Free Illinois: Recommended Restaurants & Shops

We’ve listed these recommendations alphabetically by city and then by the restaurant or shop name. For large chains with locations throughout the state, see the Major Restaurant & Grocery Chains section below. We have dedicated posts with dairy-free details for many of the big guys.

⭐️ = Restaurant is either dairy-free, has a dairy-free menu, has dairy-free labels on their menu(s), or lists top allergens with menu items. (At the time of our last review.)

Alton

  • Olga’s Kitchen – This Greek-American, fast casual restaurant chain is primarily in Michigan, but they have one location in Illinois. All of their sandwiches are made with their house-baked, gyro-style Olga Bread, which is vegan. Their dairy-free menu options include a handful of chicken, turkey, and veggie (also vegan) “sandwiches,” hummus snackers, seasoned curly fries, and some kid’s menu items. For dessert, you can enjoy their vegan Olga Donuts, which are tossed in powdered sugar and served with a raspberry sauce.
  • The Rivers Vedge ⭐️ – This healthy restaurant is completely plant-based, and serves a casual menu of sandwiches, wraps, salads, buddha bowls, and some desserts.

Aurora

  • DèCari ToGo – This pizza, wing, and salad shop has an unbelievable array of vegan menu items (from loaded pizzas to cauliflower wings to “blue cheese” topped salads). They offer a few types of dairy-free cheese alternatives, and many additional menu items can be made dairy-free. Thank you to Christina H. for recommending this restaurant!
  • Gillerson’s Grubbery – Christina emailed to recommend this local restaurant. Their menu changes periodically, but they offer dishes like vegan tacos, “plantpodge” (smothered fries), and sloppy “Josephines.” They offer vegan pretzel buns for burgers and sandwiches, and many additional items can be ordered dairy-free.
  • Naf Naf Grill ⭐️ – The menu at this quick serve Middle Eastern grill is completely dairy-free with the exception of one of their packaged baklavas (the other two are made without dairy!). They offer a full menu of favorites, from falafel to shawarma, and have a handy allergen guide.

Barrington

  • Ice Cream Social – This is a Chocolate Shoppe outpost, which offers their classic soy-based ice cream options, like Oreo.
  • Popcorn Bar – If you’re a popcorn fan (who isn’t?!) then this shop is worth a visit. They offer several dairy-free varieties, including butter(!), kettle, and caramel apple.

Bloomington

  • Janet’s Cakes & Catering – This cake shop offers a range of vegan and gluten-free baked goods on order, including doughnuts, cookies, cheesecakes, cupcakes, muffins, and various layer cakes.
  • Pokeworks – All of their signature poke bowls, and pretty much all of their menu is dairy-free, including the Dole Whip for dessert! They offer raw, cooked, and vegan proteins.

Bolingbrook

  • BD’s Mongolian Grill – They offer a very complete allergen chart with many milk-free options. In fact, at last check, their entire stir fry menu was dairy-free, aside from one of the sauces (and they have many sauces). They do serve other types of food, some of which does contain milk.
  • Ted’s Montana Grill – Founded by media mogul and rancher Ted Turner, this American chain serves a meat-heavy menu with lots of dairy-free options. See our Dairy-Free Guide for Ted’s Montana Grill for more details.

Brookfield

  • Bean Sprouts Cafe – Bean Sprouts plants cafés inside family destinations across the country. This one is inside the Brookfield Zoo. Their playful yet healthy menu is allergy-friendly, and boasts a few different dairy-free options for kids and adults.

Cary

  • Cary Dairy Ice Cream Café – Their staff is “trained on being allergy aware,” and they offer some great dairy-free options. They have Dole Whip and Silk Almond Milk soft serves, Oreo soy-based ice cream, Italian ice, vegan cones, and gluten-free, dairy-free oatmeal creme pies.

Champaign

  • Naf Naf Grill ⭐️ – The menu at this quick serve Middle Eastern grill is completely dairy-free with the exception of one of their packaged baklavas (the other two are made without dairy!). They offer a full menu of favorites, from falafel to shawarma, and have a handy allergen guide.

Chicago

  • Alice & Friends’ Vegan Kitchen ⭐️ – Their Wonderland theme is unique, but the menu is more of only vaguely ties in. They primarily serve plant-based Asian and American cuisine, and they have an enticing dessert menu with layer cakes, cheesecakes, and ice cream.
  • Aloha Poke Co – They’re great about sharing allergy, gluten, and vegan info at this midwest poke chain. Most of their menu is dairy-free, but they state that their yuzu ranch sauce, “crunch” fried onions, and furikake seasoning to contain milk. They do have vegan and gluten-free sauce and topping options, too.
  • ALTHEA ⭐️ – Like all Matthew Kenney restaurants, this is a purely plant-based establishment. Their seasonal menus have an eclectic array of dishes for brunch, lunch, and dinner.
  • American Girl Cafe – These cafes are located inside American Girl stores, and host lunches and parties by reservation. See our Dairy-Free Tips for American Girl Cafe.
  • Annette’s Italian Ice – All of their Italian ice flavors are dairy-free and gluten-free, and they offer vegan ice cream scoops in triple chocolate and green tea.
  • Arya Bhavan ⭐️ – This is a vegan, gluten-free Indian restaurant that also uses minimal oil, no refined flour, and offers many raw food dishes.
  • Bakers Square – This is a homestyle bakery and cafe, with milk and butter galore (sorry, all of their pies contain milk!). But they offer a very detailed allergen menu that lets you custom order omelettes, egg breakfasts, salads, and sandwiches (most of their breads are dairy-free). They also have a few dairy-free entrees, like chicken tenders.
  • Beacon Doughnuts ⭐️ – Walk up to their window and pick up or order artisan vegan donuts and juices. Everything is made in small batches, and they offer classic apple fritters and raised glazed donuts along with unique flavors, like birthday cake and chocolate brioche.
  • Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop – See our Ben & Jerry’s Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • BenjYehuda ⭐️ – Almost everything on the menu at this falafel and shawarma shop is dairy-free (aside from the tzatziki). They offer build your own bowl, pita, and salad options.
  • Black Dog Gelato – This local ice creamery offers a few dairy-free flavors daily, including creamy selections, like chocolate and strawberry, made with coconut or soymilk, and usually a sorbet. They clearly label for top allergens, too.
  • Blue Sushi & Sake Grill – This sustainable Japanese restaurant makes innovative maki and nigiri. They have a full vegan menu, complete with tempura maki, and of course most of their menu is naturally dairy free.
  • Boiler Room – This pizzeria offers a vegan pizza by the slice and by the whole pie daily. You can also custom build your own dairy-free pizza – they do have vegan mozzarella. As an added bonus, vegan doughnut balls for dessert.
  • Borinken Cakes – They make four dairy-free cupcake flavors (not vegan, they contain eggs), which include: Coconut, Coco-Parcha, Piña colada, and Coquito (please note that the bundt cakes all contain milk). The availability might vary, but they usually have at least a couple on hand, and they bake dairy-free, gluten-free meringues.
  • Brobagel – This family run bagelry offers vegan whipped tofu cream cheese alternative, and tofu scramble for breakfast bagels.
  • Buzzed Bull Creamery – This create-your-own ice cream chain uses nitrogen to instantly freeze your chosen flavor. You can order it unbuzzed or buzzed (with alcohol), for those over 21. They have a dairy-free sorbet base and a dairy-free almond milk base. They also have guides to the dairy-free and vegan mix-ins on request, and can blend a custom milkshake just for you.
  • Chicago Bagel Authority – Most of the bagel sandwiches on their extensive menu can be ordered dairy-free. They offer three vegan sandwiches on their menu and have a dairy-free cream cheese alternative, cheddar slices, and hummus for topping.
  • Cinnaholic ⭐️ – This is an all-vegan bakery that focuses on cinnamon rolls, with choose your own icing and decadent toppings.
  • Colectivo Coffee ⭐️ – They clearly label their menus for dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan guests. The dairy-free food options include several bowls, sandwich and burrito options, and even baked oatmeal. They usually have a couple vegan baked treats on hand, too, and they serve oatmilk lattes.
  • Defloured – They have several dairy-free items at this purely gluten-free bakery, and also have a good smattering of vegan treats. They do bake custom order cakes.
  • Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken – They have several locations dotted around Chicago, and each serves three types of vegan donuts daily. Some regulars include spiced maple chai, orange olive oil, and double chocolate. For coffee drinks, they offer almond milk and soy milk, but the availability might vary by location.
  • Eli’s Cheesecake Company – They do use a lot of dairy at this cheesecake house, but they also offer a dairy-free and vegan cheesecake variety and some cheesecake bites.
  • ERIS Brewery and Cider House – They’re friendly toward special diet guests, and offer several vegan and gluten-free options on their menu. They even have cashew sour cream available, and can make some additional menu items dairy free.
  • Fancy Plants Cafe ⭐️ – This vegan coffee shop and cafe offers pastries, soups, sandwiches, and salads, and pastries (with gluten-free options).
  • Flat Top Grill – This Asian-fusion restaurant specializes in customized stir fries. You choose the protein, vegetables, sauce, and starch. According to the restaurant, their entire stir fry menu is dairy free, aside from the Yum Yum sauce, as long as you don’t add cheese (yes, it’s an option!). They have an allergen list, label for vegan, gluten-free, and other special diet needs, and have a huge array of options to choose from.
  • Foxship Bakery ⭐️ – This is a vegan cookie and brownie company that ships nationwide, but locals can order for pickup.
  • George’s Ice Cream and Sweets – They offer a vegan ice cream flavor or two daily, and can make you a dairy-free milkshake with almond or soymilk.
  • Gotham Bagels – For their bagels, they have a couple flavors of Tofutti cream cheese, and a plethora of toppings for you custom order bagel sandwich.
  • Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop – They’ve added dairy-free Coconut Bliss Madagascan Vanilla ice cream to their scoop menu. They also offer floats, and select dairy-free toppings for sundaes. In the chocolate shop, check out their hot cocoa mixes, they have options made without dairy.
  • Great Chicago Food & Beverage Co – Their big menu boasts a mix of Chinese and American favorites, all made without dairy, since this is a kosher meat restaurant. They even offer dairy-free parve ice cream for dessert.
  • Hamachi – They call themselves a sushi bar, but their big menu includes sushi, Chinese, Indian, and other Japanese food (like build your own noodle bowls). Their a kosher restaurant, so there’s no dairy on site. Even the cream cheese in some of their sushi rolls is dairy-free.
  • Hawaiian Bros ⭐️ – This fast-casual chain is a regional favorite for Hawaiian plate lunches and dairy-free Dole whip. They serve all of the classics, including Kalua Pork, Huli Huli Chicken, and Musubi. Their full menu is “both dairy and nut free!” They also informed us that all items aside from the noodles/pasta are gluten free, and the only items with eggs are the spam musubi and the pasta salad.
  • Healthy Substance ⭐️ – Their diverse, all-vegan menu includes an array of tamales, burritos, gorditas, and other Mexican-American dishes.
  • Kal’ish ⭐️ – You can find many diner favorites at this restaurant, but they’re 100% vegan. The menu includes burgers, sandwiches, and some Tex-Mex dishes.
  • Ken’s Diner & Grill ⭐️ – The owners at this friendly, old-school diner are eager to accommodate. In fact, their kosher menu is a haven, since everything is made without dairy. Yes, this is a completely dairy-free restaurant serving lunch, dinner, and dessert, five days a week! They also have a vegan menu filled with cheesy indulgences and parve milkshakes.
  • Kitchen 17 ⭐️ – This is the self-proclaimed home of the original vegan Chicago deep dish pizza. Their all-vegan menu boasts many regional favorites for pizzas, burgers, and sandwiches.
  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream – See our Jeni’s Dairy-Free Guide for full details.
  • Left Coast Food & Juice ⭐️ – Their food and smoothie menus are clearly labeled for dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan options. The dairy-free options are plentiful, with a good selection of light bites, salads, grain bowls, wraps, and even items for the kids.
  • Liberation Donuts ⭐️ – This all-vegan donut shop was actually created by Uptons Naturals, a vegan “meat” alternative company. They offer a daily selection of both classic and creative cake donuts.
  • Little Goat Diner ⭐️ – Their main menu is rich in cheese, but they actually offer separate vegan, dairy-free AND gluten-free menus, each with many options. They serve internationally-inspired dishes with farm-fresh twists for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They also offer bakery goods (custom cakes available), coffee drinks (with soy milk and almond milk on hand), and dairy-free milkshakes.
  • Lyfe Kitchen ⭐️ – This restaurant had big ambitions as a chain. It has had trouble taking hold, but they still have a few locations in Chicago. Their healthy menus are clearly labeled with dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options, and include a good array of smoothies, breakfast, and all day entrees.
  • Medici on 57th – You can order a dairy-free pan pizza at this popular bakery and Italian restaurant. Their pan crust is vegan, and they also offer dairy-free cheese alternative. They also bake several dairy-free breads.
  • Miko’s Italian Ice ⭐️ – All of their Italian ice flavors are dairy-free, gluten-free, and made with real fruit. They have about 25 rotating flavors, and they also offer ice-icles.
  • Milt’s Barbecue for the Perplexed ⭐️ – This is a kosher, dairy-free and nut-free restaurant (at last check) serving burgers, barbecue meats, and other comfort foods. They also offer vegan menu options.
  • Mott St ⭐️ – They clearly label all items that can be made dairy-free on their Asian-inspired dinner menu, and there are quite a few choices. They also label gluten-free choices.
  • My Pi Pizza – This is the only remaining location of a former chain restaurant, but they seem to be holding their own. They offer a separate vegan menu, complete with pizzas, sandwiches, and garlic bread. And they do offer dairy-free cheese and faux sausage.
  • Naf Naf Grill ⭐️ – The menu at this quick serve Middle Eastern grill is completely dairy-free with the exception of one of their packaged baklavas (the other two are made without dairy!). They offer a full menu of favorites, from falafel to shawarma, and have a handy allergen guide.
  • Native Foods Cafe ⭐️ – This is a plant-based, dairy-free restaurant chain with extensive collection of burgers, bowls, salads, wraps, and more with regional flavor influences from the U.S., Mexico, and Asia. They also have a sizable dessert menu. They have four locations around the city, including the Loop, Hyde Park, Wicker Park, and Lakeview areas.
  • Nine Times Bakery ⭐️ – Everything they bake is dairy-free and gluten-free, including cakes, cake balls, cookies, and dessert bars. They also offer delivery and shipping.
  • Panaderia Nuevo Leon – This is a traditional Mexican bakery, but they also offer a full selection of vegan “pandulce” including sweet breads, cookies, cupcakes, and more.
  • Paulie Gee’s – This small-time pizza chain has a full vegan menu with a range of cheese alternatives. Consequently, most of their menu can be made dairy-free.
  • Pie, Pie My Darling ⭐️ – Despite the name, this vegan baker is well known for decadent layer cakes. But they also bake pies and other desserts. See their website for the latest status on ordering.
  • Pretty Cool Ice Cream – Their Truck Pops are water-based frozen pops that are naturally dairy-free and vegan. They also offer Plant Pops, which are vegan creamy ice cream style bars made with coconut milk.
  • RealGood Stuff Co. ⭐️ – They let us know every item on their menu can be made dairy-free. Their smoothies, smoothie bowls, and juices are all dairy-free, and they offer toasts, sandwiches, savory bowls, and more. Some items come with cheese, which can be omitted, and they have ample vegan and gluten-free options. Plus, they swirl their own Noyofroyo, which is a raw, dairy-free, almond milk soft serve. They have a range of flavors, vegan toppings, and gluten-free cones.
  • Sam & Gertie’s ⭐️ – Everything is dairy-free, egg-free, and meat-free at this vegan Jewish deli. They serve a big array of bagels with dairy-free schmears, sandwiches, salads, latkes, and more. They also offer vegan challah, cookies, and babka.
  • Smack Dab Chicago – Their breakfast and lunch menu includes many vegan options, from grilled cheese to burritos. They also make their own house gluten-free, vegan flaxbread and offer sweet vegan pastries, like donuts and muffins. For their coffee drinks, they offer Oatly oat milk and housemade syrups (including vegan caramel!).
  • Spacca Napoli Pizzeria – This very authentic Italian pizzeria has received rave vegan reviews for their ability to “master cheeseless pizzas.” They also serve wonderful salads, rich with olives, and dressed in olive oil and vinegar.
  • Stand-Up Burgers ⭐️ – You can order burgers, chili dogs, onion rings, fries, shakes – all of the fast food favorites at this vegan restaurant.
  • Sundae Stop – They offer several dairy-free and vegan sorbet and ice cream flavors, including matcha, ube, vanilla bean, and chocolate covered strawberry. And you can order a dairy-free milkshake made with oat or soymilk.
  • Tallboy Taco ⭐️ – They label their menu for dairy-free and gluten-free guests. The dairy-free items include two types of ceviche, three different tacos, and classic chips, salsa, and guacamole.
  • The Chicago Diner ⭐️ – Their motto is “meat free since 83,” but they’re also dairy-free and egg-free. This popular vegan diner serves classic comfort food for lunch, brunch, and dinner, has a bakery on site, and blends legendary dairy-free milkshakes.
  • True Food Kitchen – See our True Food Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Uno Pizzeria & Grill – See our Uno Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Uptons Breakroom – The cafe for Uptons Naturals’ employees is also open to the public. They serve an eclectic menu for brunch and lunch, and also have Temptation soft serve ice cream along with malts and shakes.
  • Vaca’s Vegan Creamery ⭐️ – They are touted as Chicago’s first all vegan ice cream shop. At their walk-up window, you can order oat milk soft serve (in chocolate, vanilla, or a seasonal soft serve flavor) in a cup, cone, our house-made waffle cone. They also offer sundaes with all types of sweet toppings, shakes, “blizzards,” and floats.
  • Vosges Haut-Chocolat – This fine chocolatier is headquartered in Chicago, where they also have a boutique shop. They always have some delicious dairy-free options, including dark chocolate bars, vegan truffles, and usually some seasonal selections.
  • Wheat’s End Cafe ⭐️ – This is a completely gluten-free bakery restaurant, serving late breakfast and lunch, six days a week. They have dairy-free and vegan labels on their menus, which include many options, from dairy-free pancakes to paninis. Many of their baked goods are vegan, including breads, cinnamon rolls, doughnuts, and brownies.
  • Wrigley Field This Major Baseball League Stadium serves Oatly dairy-free soft serve in their food area.
  • Zizi’s Cafe ⭐️ – You can choose from many classically dairy-free Mediterranean dishes, ranging from ratatouille to kebabs. Their menu is labeled for dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan guests.
  • Zoup – See our Zoup Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.

Crystal Lake

  • Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen – Thanks to Jenn of Veggie Inspired or sharing this recommendation. “While not a vegan restaurant, they always have a handful of creative vegan dishes available. They source their ingredients locally whenever possible and change their menu seasonally. It’s my go-to restaurant when I get to choose!”
  • Julie Ann’s Frozen Custard ⭐️ – They offer a vegan vanilla and flavor of the day, each made with coconut cream. But they also serve a whole dairy-free menu of shakes, floats, and sundaes, with toppings detailed.

Decatur

  • Donnie’s Homespun Pizza – Thank you to Rachel for recommending this local pizzeria. Their menu has vegan quesadillas, antipasto, and several casual entrees right on it. And they offer dairy-free cheese, so you can custom order burgers and pizzas (with red sauce) without dairy.

DeKalb

  • Barb City Bagels – They offer about a dozen dairy-free bagel varieties and vegan cream cheese, and you can custom order a variety of bagel sandwiches and wraps.

Downers Grove

  • Island Fin Poke – Almost everything on their menu is dairy-free, and it includes some unique Hawaiian touches, like spam as a poke bowl option and dairy-free Dole Whip for dessert.

East Moline

  • Whitey’s Ice Cream – This is a regional creamery with multiple locations that usually have their dairy-free chocolate mint flavor available. They also offer dairy-free options for slushes, freezes, fruit “smootheys,” and floats.

Edwardsville

  • Source Juicery – This juice shop offers a range of dairy-free smoothies and smoothie bowls, a few salad options, and house-made cashew milks and ice cream.

Elmhurst

  • Smallcakes – They offer vanilla and chocolate jumbo vegan cupcakes that can be ordered with a few different frosting and filling options. They also offer several cupcake and cake flavors that can be special ordered dairy-free and gluten-free.
  • Sweetberry – This bowl spot offers all types of dairy-free smoothie bowls (acai, pitaya, coconut, and green) with a range of toppings. They also build poke bowls and salad bowls, with ample dairy-free choices. They also have many vegan options.

Elmwood Park

  • Seph’s Sweets – Thank you to Shaina for letting us know about this local bakery and café. She said, “I was so surprised to find so many dairy free options (as well as how seriously the owner takes allergies!) They offer coconut milk and almond milk for lattes/drinks and they also offer vegan pastries, & dairy free meal options.”

Evanston

  • Aloha Poke Co – They’re great about sharing allergy, gluten, and vegan info at this midwest poke chain. Most of their menu is dairy-free, but they state that their yuzu ranch sauce, “crunch” fried onions, and furikake seasoning to contain milk. They do have vegan and gluten-free sauce and topping options, too.
  • Colectivo Coffee ⭐️ – They clearly label their menus for dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan guests. The dairy-free food options include several bowls, sandwich and burrito options, and even baked oatmeal. They usually have a couple vegan baked treats on hand, too, and they serve oatmilk lattes.
  • Flat Top Grill – This Asian-fusion restaurant specializes in customized stir fries. You choose the protein, vegetables, sauce, and starch. According to the restaurant, their entire stir fry menu is dairy free, aside from the Yum Yum sauce, as long as you don’t add cheese (yes, it’s an option!). They have an allergen list, label for vegan, gluten-free, and other special diet needs, and have a huge array of options to choose from.

Fairview Heights

  • CherryBerry Frozen Yogurt Bar – The flavors rotate at this Midwestern chain, but at any given time, you can usually find at least a few dairy-free flavors. They offer creamy vegan Silk almondmilk frozen yogurt in Chocolate and Vanilla. And they swirl numerous dairy-free sorbets, including Chocolate Fudge and a variety of fruity flavors. The staff has ingredient information, and can open new topping bags if cross-contamination is a concern.

Forest Park

  • Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor – This is a traditional ice creamery, but they typically have a creamy dairy-free and vegan flavor or two on hand. They can also make custom dairy-free or vegan ice cream cakes, and reportedly offer dairy-free milk beverage and vegan whipped cream for making other desserts.

Frankfort

Galena

  • Galena Juicery and Meal Prep – As the name implies, they serve juices, smoothies, acai bowls, and offer premade meals. Their focus is plant-based, and they even have their own indoor sprout and wheatgrass garden.

Glen Ellyn

  • Blackberry Market ⭐️ – They label their menu items for dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan guests, and always have options for all. Dairy-free items include a few light breakfast items (plus some custom order possibilities), several sides, and some sandwich options. They also offer rotating soups.

Glenview

  • Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop – See our Ben & Jerry’s Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Naf Naf Grill ⭐️ – The menu at this quick serve Middle Eastern grill is completely dairy-free with the exception of one of their packaged baklavas (the other two are made without dairy!). They offer a full menu of favorites, from falafel to shawarma, and have a handy allergen guide.
  • Sweet Ali’s Gluten Free Bakery ⭐️ – This is their second location, and it’s just as popular as their first one in Hinsdale (details below). Everything is gluten-free, and they always have a big selection of dairy-free options, and many vegan goodies, too. They do accept custom orders.
  • Zoup – See our Zoup Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.

Greenup

  • Naf Naf Grill ⭐️ – The menu at this quick serve Middle Eastern grill is completely dairy-free with the exception of one of their packaged baklavas (the other two are made without dairy!). They offer a full menu of favorites, from falafel to shawarma, and have a handy allergen guide.

Gurnee

  • Bakers Square – This is a homestyle bakery and cafe, with milk and butter galore (sorry, all of their pies contain milk!). But they offer a very detailed allergen menu that lets you custom order omelettes, egg breakfasts, salads, and sandwiches (most of their breads are dairy-free). They also have a few dairy-free entrees, like chicken tenders.
  • Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop – See our Ben & Jerry’s Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.

Highland Park

  • Bright Bowls ⭐️ – They make smoothies and smoothie bowls, and the whole menu is dairy-free, right down to the vegan protein, coconut yogurt, and gluten-free granola.
  • Mizrahi Grill ⭐️ – Everything is dairy-free at this kosher Mediterranean restaurant. They serve classic dishes, like falafel, kebabs, and schnitzel.

Highwood

  • Chicago Mike’s Ice Cream Co. – Located in the Historic Highwood Firehouse, they make all of their ice-cream fresh in store, including the dairy-free varieties. They offer some sorbets and some creamy almond milk-based options, like Crazy 4 Cookie Butter and Cookies & Cream.

Hinsdale

  • Nourished ⭐️ – With such a healthy name, we weren’t surprised to see that ther menu is mostly dairy-free at this “kitchen market.” They label for dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, gluten-free, and vegan needs. And their menu includes soups and broths, smoothies, snacks, and all types of provisions.
  • Sweet Ali’s Gluten Free Bakery ⭐️ – As the name implies, this is a purely gluten-free bakery. But they also have many dairy-free, vegan, and other allergy-friendly options. The dairy-free options are abundant, and usually include cupcakes, cookies, pies, sweet loaves, breads, and more. They also take custom cake and bakery orders.

La Grange

  • Blackberry Market ⭐️ – They label their menu items for dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan guests, and always have options for all. Dairy-free items include a few light breakfast items (plus some custom order possibilities), several sides, and some sandwich options. They also offer rotating soups.

Lake Bluff

  • Forest Greens Juice Bar ⭐️ – This healthy cafe serves a big menu of smoothies, acai bowls, buddha bowls, other snacks and light eats, and raw desserts. At last check, their entire food and smoothie menu was dairy-free and gluten-free.

Lake Zurich

  • My Flavor It Place – Unfortunately, they don’t have dairy-free ice cream, but they do offer many flavors of dairy-free shaved ice, slushies, and smoothies (must be ordered without ice cream).

Libertyville

  • Lolo’s Bowls – This local acai bowl spot uses a vegan acai base and offers a plethora of dairy-free toppings. A few blend-ins and toppings, like the chocolate sauce, do contain dairy.
  • My Flavor It Place – Unfortunately, they don’t have dairy-free ice cream, but they do offer many flavors of dairy-free shaved ice, slushies, and smoothies (must be ordered without ice cream).

Lincolnshire

  • Naf Naf Grill ⭐️ – The menu at this quick serve Middle Eastern grill is completely dairy-free with the exception of one of their packaged baklavas (the other two are made without dairy!). They offer a full menu of favorites, from falafel to shawarma, and have a handy allergen guide.

Lincolnwood

  • Dairy Star Ice Cream – They offer kosher parve, soy-based, dairy-free chocolate, vanilla, and twist soft serve in a cup, cone, sundae, shake, float, banana split or snowblitz. Yes, they can all be ordered without dairy!

Lombard

  • Flat Top Grill – This Asian-fusion restaurant specializes in customized stir fries. You choose the protein, vegetables, sauce, and starch. According to the restaurant, their entire stir fry menu is dairy free, aside from the Yum Yum sauce, as long as you don’t add cheese (yes, it’s an option!). They have an allergen list, label for vegan, gluten-free, and other special diet needs, and have a huge array of options to choose from.

Loves Park

  • Thrive Cafe ⭐️ – Pretty much everything on their healthy menu can be ordered dairy-free and gluten-free. They make hot bowls, salads, and wraps with plant-forward bases, then you choose your own protein and dressing – all of their dressings are dairy-free and gluten-free. They also blend smoothies and acai bowls, which can all be ordered dairy-free. They also offer vegan options.

Machesney Park

  • Pig Minds Brewing Co. ⭐️ – Thanks to Jen for this recommendation! They are reportedly “America’s first and only vegan brewery!” Their casual food menu is filled with starters, bowls, and handhelds.

Melrose Park

  • Bakers Square – This is a homestyle bakery and cafe, with milk and butter galore (sorry, all of their pies contain milk!). But they offer a very detailed allergen menu that lets you custom order omelettes, egg breakfasts, salads, and sandwiches (most of their breads are dairy-free). They also have a few dairy-free entrees, like chicken tenders.

Moline

  • Whitey’s Ice Cream – This is a regional creamery with multiple locations that usually have their dairy-free chocolate mint flavor available. They also offer dairy-free options for slushes, freezes, fruit “smootheys,” and floats.

Mundelein

  • Fresh Cafe ⭐️ – This vegan organic juice bar and restaurants serves smoothies, sandwiches, breakfast items, soup, salad, and desserts. They also have a rotating menu of entrees and sweet specials, like cheesecake.

Naperville

  • Aloha Poke Co – They’re great about sharing allergy, gluten, and vegan info at this midwest poke chain. Most of their menu is dairy-free, but they state that their yuzu ranch sauce, “crunch” fried onions, and furikake seasoning to contain milk. They do have vegan and gluten-free sauce and topping options, too.
  • BD’s Mongolian Grill – They offer a very complete allergen chart with many milk-free options. In fact, at last check, their entire stir fry menu was dairy-free, aside from one of the sauces (and they have many sauces). They do serve other types of food, some of which does contain milk.
  • Bean Sprouts Cafe – Bean Sprouts plants cafés inside family destinations across the country. This one is inside the DuPage Children’s Museum. Their playful yet healthy menu is allergy-friendly, and boasts a few different dairy-free options for kids and adults.
  • Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop – See our Ben & Jerry’s Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Blue Sushi & Sake Grill – This sustainable Japanese restaurant makes innovative maki and nigiri. They have a full vegan menu, complete with tempura maki, and of course most of their menu is naturally dairy free.
  • Cinnaholic ⭐️ – This is an all-vegan bakery that focuses on cinnamon rolls, with choose your own icing and decadent toppings.
  • Fiammé – They proudly share that their pizza dough is dairy-free, and they can make most of their pizzas dairy-free on request. They also offer a vegan menu, complete with creative pizzas (with dairy-free “cheeses”), spaghetti with “meatballs,” and dessert.
  • La Michoacana – This Mexican-style creamery handcrafts their own dairy-free sorbet flavors and is well known for their mangonadas (also dairy-free and made with your sorbet of choice). They also have hand-made water-based popsicles in a range of flavors.
  • Ted’s Montana Grill – Founded by media mogul and rancher Ted Turner, this American chain serves a meat-heavy menu with lots of dairy-free options. See our Dairy-Free Guide for Ted’s Montana Grill for more details.
  • Traverso’s – You wont’ feel left out at this casual Italian restaurant. They have several menu items that can be ordered dairy-free, and also have a dairy-free/gluten-free brownie for dessert. They also have a big gluten-free menu.
  • Yogurt Beach – They offer dairy-free Dole Whips (usually more than one flavor daily), sorbet, Silk almond milk soft serve, and granita!

Norridge

  • Borinken Cakes – They make four dairy-free cupcake flavors (not vegan, they contain eggs), which include: Coconut, Coco-Parcha, Piña colada, and Coquito (please note that the bundt cakes all contain milk). The availability might vary, but they usually have at least a couple on hand, and they bake dairy-free, gluten-free meringues.

Northbrook

  • The Claim Company – They offer a special diet sheet, which explains the dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free options. Most of their burgers can be ordered dairy-free (they have many bread and sauce options), and they have a salad bar with many dairy-free toppings and dressings. Their guide isn’t quite complete for dairy-free guests, so their are likely more entrée options, too.

Oak Brook

Oakbrook Terrace

  • Naf Naf Grill ⭐️ – The menu at this quick serve Middle Eastern grill is completely dairy-free with the exception of one of their packaged baklavas (the other two are made without dairy!). They offer a full menu of favorites, from falafel to shawarma, and have a handy allergen guide.

Oak Lawn

  • Naf Naf Grill ⭐️ – The menu at this quick serve Middle Eastern grill is completely dairy-free with the exception of one of their packaged baklavas (the other two are made without dairy!). They offer a full menu of favorites, from falafel to shawarma, and have a handy allergen guide.

O’Fallon

  • TC’s Treats – They specialize in water ice, which is dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and vegan-friendly. They offer about 20 different flavors.

Orland Park

  • Bakers Square – This is a homestyle bakery and cafe, with milk and butter galore (sorry, all of their pies contain milk!). But they offer a very detailed allergen menu that lets you custom order omelettes, egg breakfasts, salads, and sandwiches (most of their breads are dairy-free). They also have a few dairy-free entrees, like chicken tenders.

Palatine

  • Bakers Square – This is a homestyle bakery and cafe, with milk and butter galore (sorry, all of their pies contain milk!). But they offer a very detailed allergen menu that lets you custom order omelettes, egg breakfasts, salads, and sandwiches (most of their breads are dairy-free). They also have a few dairy-free entrees, like chicken tenders.
  • My Flavor It Place – Unfortunately, they don’t have dairy-free ice cream, but they do offer many flavors of dairy-free shaved ice, slushies, and smoothies (must be ordered without ice cream).

Peoria

  • Emack & Bolio’s – This Boston-based ice creamery churns a handful of vegan flavors made with coconut milk. They include Cappucino Fudge Swirl, Chocolate Pudding, Mint Chocolate Freckle, Raspberry Chocolate Krispy Rice, Goa Mango, and Toasted Coconut. They also offer dairy-free sorbets.
  • One World Cafe – This restaurant boasts a casual hipster vibe, an expansive menu, and a staff eager to help with special diet needs. Just let them know you need dairy-free or vegan, and ask for their “specialty menu.” Their cuisine includes a global array of dishes, and they take pride in making everything in house with fresh, high quality ingredients. Their chefs even mix all of their own sauces!
  • Riley’s Vegan Sweets and Eats ⭐️ – This is a dairy-free, egg-free, vegan bakery and coffee shop that makes all types of donuts, cookies, and cupcakes. They also bake custom order cakes.
  • The Spotted Cow – Their house-churned ice cream typically includes a sorbet and a creamy dairy-free flavor, like butter pecan or pistachio.

Quincy

Rockford

  • Thrive Cafe ⭐️ – Pretty much everything on their healthy menu can be ordered dairy-free and gluten-free. They make hot bowls, salads, and wraps with plant-forward bases, then you choose your own protein and dressing – all of their dressings are dairy-free and gluten-free. They also blend smoothies and acai bowls, which can all be ordered dairy-free. They also offer vegan options.

Rock Island

  • Whitey’s Ice Cream – This is a regional creamery with multiple locations that usually have their dairy-free chocolate mint flavor available. They also offer dairy-free options for slushes, freezes, fruit “smootheys,” and floats.

Rosemont

  • Naf Naf Grill ⭐️ – The menu at this quick serve Middle Eastern grill is completely dairy-free with the exception of one of their packaged baklavas (the other two are made without dairy!). They offer a full menu of favorites, from falafel to shawarma, and have a handy allergen guide.

Schaumburg

  • BenjYehuda ⭐️ – Almost everything on the menu at this falafel and shawarma shop is dairy-free (aside from the tzatziki). They offer build your own bowl, pita, and salad options.
  • Cinnaholic ⭐️ – This is an all-vegan bakery that focuses on cinnamon rolls, with choose your own icing and decadent toppings.
  • Naf Naf Grill ⭐️ – The menu at this quick serve Middle Eastern grill is completely dairy-free with the exception of one of their packaged baklavas (the other two are made without dairy!). They offer a full menu of favorites, from falafel to shawarma, and have a handy allergen guide.

Skokie

  • Ken’s Diner & Grill ⭐️ – This iconic kosher restaurant has a 1950’s atmosphere with a big menu of burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, and wraps. They also have a separate vegan menu, complete with vegan milkshakes.
  • Shallots Bistro ⭐️ – This fine dining restaurant strictly follows Jewish dietary laws pertaining to milk and meat, so there is no dairy on site. In fact, the only cheese on their menu is soy cheese! According to the restaurant, their desserts are also dairy-free and parve, right down to the ice cream and whipped cream. And their lunch and dinner menus are expansive, with sandwiches, steaks, sushi, and much more.
  • Tacos Gingi ⭐️ – This Mexican restaurant is kosher and “100% dairy free!!!” They offer a build your own bowl, taco, or burrito experience, with various chicken, beef, and veggie protein options. And they serve fish tacos, all-day breakfast burritos, tortas, and have a kids taco menu.
  • The Sandwich Club – This is a kosher glatt, dairy-free restaurant serving deli sandwiches, wraps, salads, Tex-Mex entrees, and shareables, like chicken strips and wings.

Smithton

  • Walton’s Ice Cream – They reportedly offer some dairy-free creamy ice cream flavors, which are made in a separate soft serve machine from their dairy flavors. They also serve Hawaiian shave ice.

Springfield

  • The Salted Lemon Market & Creamery – On the weekends they offer two dairy-free soft serve flavors made with oat milk. We spotted some unique options, like French toast maple, salted caramel truffle, and key lime pie.
  • Three Twigs Bakery – You can order gluten-free, vegan whole cakes, donuts, cookies, and brownies from this local bakery. They also do wedding cakes and can most likely accommodate “just dairy-free” needs, too.

Urbana

  • Dancing Dog Eatery & Juicery ⭐️ – This vegan restaurant is a midday spot for lunch, fresh-pressed juices, and dessert. They also open briefly on Saturday evenings to make vegan deep dish pizzas. But their full menu of sweet treats is an obvious feature, with cakes and cookies on display.
  • Just BEE Acai – This is a food truck and farmers market regular, so check their website for daily locations. They blend dairy-free acai and pitaya bowls and make their own honey-sweetened granola (with vegan and gluten-free option).

Vernon Hills

  • The Claim Company – They offer a special diet sheet, which explains the dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free options. Most of their burgers can be ordered dairy-free (they have many bread and sauce options), and they have a salad bar with many dairy-free toppings and dressings. Their guide isn’t quite complete for dairy-free guests, so their are likely more entrée options, too.

Wauconda

  • My Flavor It Place – Unfortunately, they don’t have dairy-free ice cream, but they do offer many flavors of dairy-free shaved ice, slushies, and smoothies (must be ordered without ice cream).
  • Puna Chocolate Co – The cacao they use is actuallly grown in Hawaii by local independent farmers. They regularly offer vegan chocolate bars made purely with Hawaiian cacao beans, organic cane sugar, and cocoa butter. Sometimes they also have dairy-free “milk” chocolate.

Wheaton

  • LemonShark Poke – They have an interactive allergen menu online, and it brings good news for dairy-free guests. All of their sauces and poke bowl ingredients are dairy-free. The only items that contained dairy at our time of review were the tempura, coconut shrimp, and katsu.
  • Sweet Natalie’s Gluten Free Bakery / Baby Doll Bakery ⭐️ – They do use some dairy in this dedicated gluten-free bakery, but they offer dairy-free donuts, cookies, bread, cupcakes, pies, pizza and more. They also have vegan options, and do take custom orders.

Winnetka

  • Spirit Elephant ⭐️ – Thanks to Linda at Veganosity for sharing this recommendation. “This bright and airy vegan restaurant serves delicious upscale food and cocktails that vegans and non-vegans rave about.” This is an all-vegan establishment with a global menu of flavors.

Woodridge

  • Bakers Square – This is a homestyle bakery and cafe, with milk and butter galore (sorry, all of their pies contain milk!). But they offer a very detailed allergen menu that lets you custom order omelettes, egg breakfasts, salads, and sandwiches (most of their breads are dairy-free). They also have a few dairy-free entrees, like chicken tenders. They also have a “gluten sensitive” menu for gluten-free guests.
  • Zoup – See our Zoup Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.

Woodstock

  • Rosie’s Gluten Free Sweets ⭐️ – They run a gluten-free, peanut-free facility and they say “99% of our sweets are dairy free.” This includes breads, cakes, cupcakes, donuts, cookies, and more. They offer several vegan options too.

Dairy-Free Illinois: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with gluten-free and vegan optionsPhoto from Foxship Bakery in Chicago, Illinois

Restaurant & Grocery Chains found throughout Illinois

Some recommended restaurant and store chains are getting too big for our city listing britches. They have many locations, or are rapidly growing, and you might stumble across them in a number of towns in this state. Click on them for more dairy-free details.

Dairy-Free Illinois: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with gluten-free and vegan optionsPhoto from BenjYehuda in Chicago, Illinois

Local Dairy-Free Food & Drink Producers in Illinois

These dairy-free friendly companies don’t have their own retail location, but are in Illinois. So you have a good chance of finding their products at grocery stores, restaurants, and/or other shops in this state. Keep an eye out!

  • Chicago Vegan Foods – They used to have retail products, but now only sell commercial. But you have a good chance of finding their Temptation Soft Serve and Teese Cheese at restaurants in their home state.
  • Every Body Eat – They make plant-based, top allergen-free crackers and crispbreads in flavors like sea salt chia and cheese-less.
  • Uptons Naturals – They craft a range of vegan meats using jackfruit or seitan. They also make dairy-free mac and cheese.

Dairy-Free Illinois: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with gluten-free and vegan optionsPhoto from Beacon Doughnuts in Chicago, Illinois

This Guide is Continuously Updated with Recommendations

We welcome you to recommend other dairy-free friendly restaurants. Leave a comment or contact us and tell us why you like a certain restaurant. Restaurant owners and employees are also invited to reach out and let us know how you welcome dairy-free customers.

Please kindly let us know in the comments if any of these restaurants close. We want to keep this list current for you, but aren’t always notified when a restaurant closes. Let us know and we will quickly update!

This Guide is for Informational Purposes Only

Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation.

There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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