Can you really go to Chicago without sampling their iconic deep-dish pizza layered with loads of cheese and chunky tomato sauce?
I don’t think so!
Even if you’re not interested in their famous cheese-covered delicacy that almost resembles a casserole, there are tons of other creative pizza options that you shouldn’t pass by! Chicago is the home of pizza — thin crust, coal fire, NY-style, Neapolitan, and I’m sure probably many more that will delight your taste buds!
Sampling these creative ‘za’s is a must on any Chicago itinerary, and vegans don’t get left out! The next time you’re craving melty cheese on an irresistibly chewy or thick crust, check out the vegan pizza options at these Chicago restaurants and pizzerias.
Fully Vegan Pizza Spot in Chicago
#1 Kitchen 17
2554 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
This is the original home of the vegan Chicago deep-dish that is just as magical as the tale of their kitchen being started by a royal woodchuck (I didn’t make it up)! Who knew woodland creatures love pizza as much as humans do?
Aside from the famous deep-dish ‘za, Kitchen 17 also has pan pizza and New York style, but if you’ve never had Chicago deep dish, I really don’t think you should pass it up — especially at the home of the original vegan version! Their creative pizzas are covered in melty, house-made mozzarella and then covered with sausage, seitan pepperoni, veggies, jalapenos, chili mac, and much more!
In addition to the pizza masterpieces, they have a full comfort food-focused menu with everything from loaded burgers to salads topped with fried buffalo chick’n. It’s the perfect place to go if you’re with a group and not everyone wants pizza!
Vegan-Friendly Pizzerias & Restaurants in Chicago
If you can’t make it to Kitchen 17, these pizzerias will take good care of you with their specialty vegan creations!
#2 Dimo’s Pizza
Multiple locations throughout Chicago
This Chicago pizzeria has set out not only to create crispy and chewy ‘za but also to be a champion for the local community. Dimo’s believes that as their pizza empire grows, that success needs to be shared to support community initiatives working to improve education, the arts, and bicycle advocacy. Eating pizza never felt so good, am I right?
It actually gets better because their vegan options are stellar! You’ll find traditional vegan cheese and Margherita with creamy house-made Burrata, or go wild with their Vegan Mac covered in an explosion of creamy mac-n-cheese goodness, or the Vegan Buff Chick covered in seitan chicken, mozzarella, cashew blue cheese, and Frank’s Red Hot sauce. They have eight vegan options to choose from!
Multiple locations throughout Chicago
This trendy Chicago pizzeria prides itself on its specialty malty crust that you’re not likely to find anywhere else in the city. A malt crust can have a better rise, browning ability, and a more flavorful crust — I guess you’ll have to taste it and find out to see if it’s true.
Aside from tasting something unique, this is also a great spot to go if you like to create your own cheesy ‘za. None of their vegan pizzas are pre-created; you start with the size, then add vegan bacon, loads of veggies, vegan mozzarella or cheddar, and top with savory and spicy sauces!
#4 My Pi Pizza
2010 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
This fast-casual pizza counter may not be the place to go for full-service dining, but it is definitely one of the best places to go for vegan pizza options in Chicago’s Bucktown! Everything from their pizza oven is crafted with the utmost care — sauces simmered with vine-ripened San Marzano tomatoes and a secret blend of herbs and spices.
Their vegan options are available as a deep-dish or super thin crust and include seven different delectable options. I don’t think you should skip the Vegan My Pie Special deep dish covered in baby spinach, fresh mushrooms, onions, and green peppers.
Two locations in Chicago
This Chicago pizzeria claims to have the best New York Style pizza in the city — if you’re a New Yorker, you might want to test out their claim. These thin jumbo slices come in five specialty vegan options — all of which sound fantastic, so good luck deciding!
If you’re looking for something on the traditional side, check out the Vegan Diavalo covered in thin slices of Palermo’s Unreal Vegan Pepperoni, poblano peppers, garlic oil, and mozzarella. If you like spice, the Vegan Inferno has your name all over it! This specialty pie is covered in Palermo’s Unreal Sausage and Pepperoni, fresh garlic, spicy jalapeño, poblano peppers, giardiniera, onion, and mozzarella.
4131 N Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60618 (Delivery or pickup only)
Not all cauliflower crusts are created equal — some are kinda mushy and bland, while others, like Califlower’s, are light and crispy! You might not even realize it’s made with the incredibly versatile vegetable!
All the pizzas are gluten-free, and most can be made vegan. Check out the Farmer’s Bounty covered in peppers, mushrooms, onions, olives, tomatoes, and arugula for a veggie-packed pie. If you’d rather design your own epic pizza or “Elon Musk” it as the folks at Califlower say, you can! They have everything from Impossible beef to sweet potatoes and chili-dusted pineapple!
2607 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
This pizzeria was recently honored as one of the “best pizzas in Chicago” by TimeOut Chicago, and you know they were up against some stiff competition! Everything from their bagels to pizza is baked in their special wood-fired pizza ovens, giving it the most magical thin and crispy crust. Their vegan options aren’t extensive, but they are unique. Their menu includes two vegan pies — Sweet Steve (roasted pears, tofu ricotta, arugula, garlic, and chili oil) and Jojo (Romanesco, sweet pepper, arugula, hot sauce, and fried garlic).
In addition to the ‘za, they have other vegan options like house-made rigatoni primavera and fresh salads.
#8 Paulie Gee’s
Locations in Logan Square & Wicker Park
If you’ve been craving a slice of cheesy pizza and a slice of decadent vegan cake, come here! This vegan—friendly pizzeria has a ton of fantastic and creative options at both locations — I’m not sure how anyone chooses just one pie!
For something really unique, check out the Lady Lola Light; this Asian-inspired pizza is covered in tomatoes, kimchi, Serrano peppers, green onion, sesame seeds, and soy chili glaze — wild, right? If that’s not your speed, you might be more interested in the In Ricotta Da Vegan, covered in house-made vegan fennel sausage, tomatoes, cashew ricotta, baby arugula, and EEOO.
Make sure you save room for dessert! As I mentioned, they also stock their bakery cases with slices of decadent cakes from one of the best Chicago vegan bakeries, Pie, Pie, My Darling!
707 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 (there is a location in West Town, but it doesn’t have vegan options)
Another unique pizza spot in Chicago with vegan options! See, I told you that you could find just about every pizza style you can think of (and some you don’t even know exist) in Chicago!
This pizzeria isn’t spinning up New York, Neapolitan, or Chicago Style pizza — it is a crispy style all on its own. To start, it’s probably the only spot in the city where you’ll find vegan coal fired pizza. These pizzas are baked in a 1500-degree coal oven and come out extra bubbly and a little charred for a unique flavor. The two vegan specialty pizzas include the aptly named Vegan (mushrooms, Calabrian chili, garlic, onion, and arugula) and the Vegan Pesto (house-made pistachio pesto, spinach, garlic, mushrooms, and tomatoes).
1419 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Sports bars aren’t usually vegan-friendly unless you come to this family-owned Chicago spot! You can indulge in Chicago deep dish, thin crust, or cheese-stuffed calzones here! No matter which you choose, you get to top (or stuff) it with whatever you like, and their options are anything but basic. They’ve got vegan pepperoni, sausage, Selfish Cow cheese, tons of fresh veggies, truffle oil, and much more!
More Chicago Vegan Eats
If you need more than extra cheesy ‘za while in Chicago, you’re in luck! Don’t miss these delicious articles to plan your entire adventure.
You might also want to check out Chicago’s vegan-friendly neighbor, Madison!