Real food: 15 mighty independent farm-to-table restaurants that you'll want to go back to

by Carrie Bradon | Jan. 21, 2018, 11:30pm |

Some restaurants guarantee the chef knows where each and every ingredient came from.

In this modern age, we are incredibly separated from many of the processes which we heavily rely upon. From the cars that we drive to the homes that we live in, there are few areas of our day-to-day life for which we are able to appreciate what goes into them. Even the food on our plates is comprised of a number of ingredients that have been shipped from all over the world, harvested by who knows who, and grown in heaven knows what kind of setting. 

Enter farm-to-table restaurants, the movement which is seeking to minimize the levels of separation that we have between the production and consumption of our food. Often pricey, these restaurants cut down on the transportation costs of the food, which less-connected restaurants don't care about, and guarantee that the chef knows where each and every ingredient came from. 

If your interest is piqued, or if you're a well-seasoned farm to table diner, here are 15 mighty independent ones in Chicago you must taste to believe.

What makes an independent business "mighty"? Click here to find out more.

Farmhouse Chicago

228 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 280-4960
This spot dishes up really fresh takes on American cuisine.

The River Valley Farmer's Table

1820 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago, IL 60640
(872) 208-3267
The River Valley features modern cuisine, as well as a wide selection of cocktails and wines to help you enjoy the meal even more.


1132 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 624-8363
TWO always does its best to ensure the meal you're enjoying is sustainably produced.

Farm Bar Lakeview

1300 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 281-2599
Farm Bar delivers freshly prepared American comfort food, farm-to-table style.


1119 W. Webster Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 549-5747
Range satisfies many needs in the modern day of dietary restrictions, including farm-to-table, gluten-free options.

The Little Beet Table

845 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 549-8600
The Little Beet Table has a cute vibe and an excellent menu.

Girl & the Goat

809 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 492-6262
A pricey treat, Girl & the Goat features incredibly creative takes on American cuisine.

Homestead on the Roof

1924 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 332-2354
Dine on their rooftop space to take full advantage of what this restaurant has to offer.


4539 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 506-9300
Gather is a popular spot with breakfast, brunch and dinner options that will amaze.


2545 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
(312) 866-0795
The menu at Arbor is sure to please any type of diner.

The Kitchen Chicago

316 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 836-1300
The Kitchen Chicago is the perfect place to celebrate a birthday, promotion or just being alive.

Blue Door Farm Stand

2010 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 265-0259
Blue Door Farm Stand knows exactly how to pair ingredients for optimal flavor.

The Dearborn

145 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 384-1242
The Dearborn's traditional American dishes go perfectly with the adorable ambience of the restaurant.

True Food Kitchen

1 W. Erie St., Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 204-6981
True Food Kitchen's farm-to-table concept brings you a connection to your food that you won't find at mainstream restaurants.

Lula Cafe

2537 N. Kedzie Blvd., Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 489-9554
Lula Cafe features awesome breakfast and brunch options, as well as delicious dinners and desserts to finish off the night.

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