Wicker Park - Chicago
Food Allergy-Friendly City Guide
With the recent completion of the 606 trail, the Wicker Park and Bucktown area in Chicago has established its reputation as one of the coolest neighborhoods to live, visit and people watch. This high energy, hipster neighborhood is a food mecca and is remarkably family and food allergy friendly.
Chef Paul Kahan’s wildly popular casual taqueria, in the heart of Wicker Park, serves a menu inspired by authentic Mexican street food. Housed in a 1940’s gas station, the cool vibe spills across an expansive outdoor patio giving you a front row seat to great people watching.
Spokin tip: There are limited nut offerings on the menu, and their tortillas are gluten-free.
It doesn't get cooler than this tiny diner-inspired spot. Dove's offers counter service and all day dining of Southern-inspired Mexican comfort food. The Dove's burger is not to be missed.
Spokin tip: Please be aware that one of Dove's homemade hot sauces, available at each table, contains almonds.
This little sibling to critically acclaimed Au Cheval is no half pint when it comes to serving a world-class burger. Steps away from the 606, Small Cheval serves just three options: hamburger, cheeseburger and fries. What more could you want from a burger joint?
Fresh and seasonal ingredients are the basis for deliciously creative tacos, sides, and drinks in this casual neighborhood spot appointed with kitschy, antique memorabilia.
Spokin tip: They use gluten-free corn tortillas and have very limited nuts on the menu.
Industrial-chic hangout with a patio, offering wood-fired pies and a bar with craft beer and cocktails. Wide-screen televisions inside and the ping pong table outside give this high energy crowd plenty of options.
Spokin tip: There are very limited nuts on the menu.
Ribs, brisket, chicken and all the trimmings have brought national recognition to Smoke Daddy for over two decades. The stage up front may seem small, but it's big enough to support live music seven nights a week.
Spokin tip: There are limited nuts on the menu, but be aware that the coleslaw contains peanut oil.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
We are beyond sweet on Jeni's ice cream. Their flavors are as unique as the Wicker Park neighborhood and are made with the freshest, most natural ingredients available. The highly educated staff will insist on scooping with a clean scoop from an unopened bin if you notify them of an allergy.
Spokin tip: All ice cream flavors have allergen warnings displayed. They offer nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free and gluten-free options.
Miko's Italian Ice
Just steps off the 606, this walk-up window hot spot serves some of the city's best Italian ice. Miko's features seasonal flavors made with real fruit, and all ice is dairy-free. Cash only.
Spokin tip: Their current flavors are dairy, gluten, and anut-nut-free. They are also tree-nut free aside from coconut.
This upscale corner grocery store features great staples including a deli counter, prepared sandwiches, wine, and flowers. Their curated selections feature local goods and on-trend specialty items.
Goddess and Grocer
Goddess, as the locals call it, has something for everyone. Offerings include a salad bar, sandwiches, and gourmet prepared mains and sides. Dine in on their open air deck or take away for a picnic in the several nearby parks.