Vegan in the Windy City: Day Three

I’m finally getting around to telling you about day three in Chicago! The holidays showed up and I got caught up in everything! I hope you’ll forgive me. 🙂 Just writing this post makes me miss Chicago. *sigh* You can read about day one here, and day two here.

We started our morning with vegan donuts. Yep. You read that correctly. VEGAN DONUTS. While searching the internet the night before, we discovered Fritz Pastry.
Nickerbocker outside Fritz Pastry

While not everything they serve is vegan, they have quite a great selection of vegan pastries and goodies. We couldn’t get there fast enough! Nick decided on the vanilla glazed and I chose the vegan buttercream filled donut.
Fritz's Pastry Vegan Donuts

While they were both completely transcendent, mine was the far superior choice. The crispy, chewy fried outside went perfectly with the sweet, decadent buttercream inside. Oh, wow. I miss that donut.

After our amazing breakfast, Nick and decided to head downtown for a bit. And I’m so glad we did! We found THE MOST AWESOME Target ever. A two-story Target in the middle of the city? Yes, please!
Best. Target. Ever.

Since we were so close to Macy’s, we decided to grab some guacamole from Frontera Fresco. There is a hidden gem of a food court on the 7th floor of the State Street Macy’s. In my opinion, Frontera Fresco is the complete star of the show. The guacamole is seriously amazing! It’s perfectly creamy, with just the right amount of heat and lime. Enjoying a basket of chips and guacamole and a limeade was the perfect snack.
Life changing chips and guacamole from Frontera Fresca

After an afternoon of shopping, walking and discovering the city, we headed back to Wicker Park/Bucktown for some pizza. We knew where we had to go. Piece.
Piece Out

While I know that deep-dish is the official pizza of Chicago, it’s not really a vegan’s friend. Piece is known for New Haven-style thin crust pizza, and their beer brewed in-house. While waiting for our pizza, Nick enjoyed a glass of the Full Frontal.
Enjoying beer at Piece

The pizza we ordered was a large plain without Parmesan. (the plain is red sauce, garlic, Parmesan and olive oil served without mozzarella) We added artichoke hearts, spinach and red onion.
Vegan Pizza at Piece

Wowzas! That pizza was SO good! Nick and I love all kinds of pizza, but this one sits right near the top. We always do our best to visit Piece while in Chicago. It’s THAT good. Make sure to hit up Piece if you’re ever in the Windy City. They are certainly a friend to vegans! 🙂

Honorable mention: day four. While, it doesn’t require a post in and of itself, it is worth mentioning. While heading out of city towards home, we ended up at the Mago Grill & Cantina. It’s usually pretty easy to find something at a Mexican restaurant and Mago didn’t disappoint. The chips were served with three different kinds of salsa. One that tasted a lot like guacamole, only thinner, a spicy chipotle and one that was spicy peanut. While I’m usually not a huge fan of chipotle, that salsa was by far my favorite.
Chips and Salsa from Mago Cantina and Grill

We informed our server that we were vegan, and he pointed us towards the veggie fajitas. I was expecting your usual-fare fajitas, but these were so much more! The veggies had been marinated, not just caramelized. There were peppers, onions, squash, zucchini, and fresh pico de gallo. It was served with a side of black beans, rice and guacamole. (all of which our server informed us was vegan)
Veggie Fajitas from Mago Cantina and Grill

These fajitas were a home run. We probably would have enjoyed a margarita if weren’t headed home – they looked awesome.

I hope you enjoyed my Windy City recap!