You don’t have to wait for a summertime farmers market to enjoy fresh produce, locally sourced protein, and organic ingredients. Chicago’s restaurants take the city’s Midwestern farm roots seriously, with farm-to-table fare that showcases the regions incredible natural bounty.
Get your locavore fix at this neighborhood favorite. For more than a decade, The Bristol in Wicker Park has been serving up American fare showcasing locally grown ingredients with their ever-changing seasonal menu. 2152 N. Damen Ave.
Embrace the Midwest at this farm-to-tavern concept in River North with a local seasonal focus. With menu items made largely from scratch and sourced primarily from Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Indiana, Farmhouse gives you a true taste of authentic, regional flavors of the heartland. 228 W. Chicago Ave.
A conscientious food philosophy has never tasted so good. For more than 10 years, Lula Cafe in Logan Square has been making premium local ingredients have been the star of the show at this forever hip neighborhood fixture. 2537 N. Kedzie Ave.
Cellar Door Provisions
The menu at this beloved Logan Square gem changes with the seasons, but two things always stay the same: their scratch-made bread and their insanely fluffy quiche. Check out the day’s handwritten menu, filled with hyper-local, veggie-centric dishes, hanging in the window of Cellar Door Provisions each morning. 3025 W. Diversey Ave.
Awaken your senses with refined Mexican cooking from award-winning chef Rick Bayless at Frontera Grill. Committed to sustainability, his restaurants invest in the community and local family farmers and strive to respect the environment and the seasons. 445 N. Clark St.
Pleasant House Bakery
Specializing in savory, handmade pies, this humble BYOB spot in Bridgeport crams in tons of local deliciousness underneath those buttery pastry crusts. Enjoy each bite at Pleasant House Bakery knowing that much of the produce is grown at their own Chicagoland farms. 2119 S. Halsted St.
Come to North Pond for the thoughtful, seasonal menus, made with ingredients sourced from local farms. Stay for the lovely park setting with dramatic skyline views across the tranquil pond. 2610 N. Cannon Drive
Other farm-to-table favs: “new gatherer cuisine” at Elizabeth Restaurant in Lincoln Square; “medium plates” filled with rural-inspired dishes at TWO Restaurant and Bar in West Town; and refined hotel establishment Allium at The Four Seasons on The Magnificent Mile.