Top 10 Vegan Restaurants for Everyone in Chicago

The Chicago Diner in Logan Square (Photo by Marnie Ann Joyce via The Alcohol Professor)

When transitioning into a vegan diet and lifestyle, many struggle to make their own food and find the proper nutrients to supplement their bodies with. Luckily, Chicago ranks 8th in cities in the United States with the most vegan restaurants. Making the search for delicious and nutritional vegan food easier.

Vegans will also find themselves struggling to eat out with their non-vegan friends and family members. Vegans will often find that not many people are willing to venture out of their regular diet. While many of these restaurant are 100 percent plant-based, they try to mimic foods as closely as possible so that non-vegans will enjoy as well. Many of these restaurants offer options for both meat and non-meat eaters.

The following map shows where to find the best vegan restaurants for those beginning their vegan journey or those trying to find a place to eat with their friends that accommodates both their needs.

The list was compiled through the top-rated vegan restaurants on Yelp and based off personal experience.

Thanks to these restaurant, the struggle to find great vegan places to eat is a lot easier.

Are you willing to try out these vegan restaurants? Leave a comment below and tell us which you’re most likely to try out.

Tracking the Impact of Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade’s Departure

Dwyane Wade (left) and Jimmy Butler (right) share a conversation during a Chicago Bulls game.

Jimmy Butler first emerged as an All-Star in the NBA 2014-25 season. He quickly became a household name in Chicago and emerged as a superstar in the 2015-26 NBA season. Dwayne Wade was already three time NBA champion when Butler was first emerging as a star player in the league.

Both stars would end up on the same Bulls team in the 2016-17 season. Their fates on the team would be very similar with Butler being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves and Wade reaching a buyout deal days before the 2017-18 training camp .

Both stars would leave an impact on Chicago. Wade, a Chicago-area native, would leave one on the communities he helped around Chicago. Butler would do the same as many remember him for emerging as a star and leading the Bulls to the playoffs when deemed impossible.

So which stars’ departure would leave a bigger impact in the sports world and Chicago area?

According to Google Trends, Jimmy Butler’s trade reached its peak popularity when announced on June 22nd whereas Wade’s buyout announcement received a much shorter search impact.

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The Google Trends comparison was narrowed down to United States and then Illinois both sharing similar results.

Despite Wade’s popularity and prior experience on a championship team, his declining performance and drama that emerged during the season could be a reason for the less impactful search trend.

Jimmy Butler was drafted 30th overall in the 2011 draft, and averaged 2.6 points and 1.3 rebounds in that season. By the 2014-15 season, his development and ability to perform as a leader made him household name and loved athlete in the basketball world and in Chicago, thus possibly explaining the impact of his trade a much more popular search trend.

Trump Tweets Impact on NFL Searches

trump-tweets-regret.jpgOn September 23rd, President Trump began tweeting his criticism of professional athletes and the rise of protests during the national anthem at the beginning of NFL games. His tweets thus led to an increase in searches for the NFL (National Football League) on Google.

Although his first tweet was in regard to Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors saying he would not attend the White House as a part of the celebration of the team’s championship win on June 2017. He tweeted the following:

He then proceeded to tweet about the NFL:

Although these first few tweets had no impact on Google searches, his tweets on September 24 at 5:44 am helped NFL searches skyrocket and his name remain a bit neutral where as before it was only trending a bit over the NFL.

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President Trump’s tweets help us see how much of an influence he has over social media. The NFL was not a very popular search before, but because his tweets helped the searches for the NFL increase in a matter of a couple of hours. People probably want to know who is kneeling or whether the President has the right to call out certain players.

Furthermore, Trump’s name is overshadowed by the NFL searches making. This could be meant to deflect any controversies occurring within the administration such as the President’s lack of attention towards devastated Puerto Rico.

Google Trends helps us see how influential President Trump truly is on Twitter and how a couple of tweets helps searches on a certain topic affects what people want to read or see.

Practice Story

Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo by Josclynn Brandon)

Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on Dec. 12, 2012 and is housed at It’s been repurposed with permission for this assignment:

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said.
“We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.” 

MAP grants are need-based college scholarships that allow merit students who are in need across the state and do not need to be repaid by the student. Quinn said that due to cutbacks and having to pay more money in the pension amount, almost 18,000 students lost their MAP grant scholarships this year.

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