Food Life

Chicago, Illinois

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Food Court with Vegan Options

Food Court or Street Vendor

This new-age food court in the Water Tower Place mall on North Michigan Avenue is unlike any other mall dining venue. The decor consists of a "forest" of fake trees, a bamboo garden and signs with various tips to help your spiritual well-being. Upon entering, each guest receives an electronic card which is scanned at each of the international foods stations to keep tabs on your bill. Yes, the place is vaguely reminiscent of Disney's Epcot Center. However, it is one of the few places on Michigan Avenue that has intentionally vegan fare. The soy tomato cream soup and vegan shitakke mushroom broth stir-fry are just two examples of their attempts to maintain a diverse menu.

Added by Eric Purdy on Aug 24 04 (last updated Jul 22 11)

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The stir-fry is wonderful, with a choose-your-veggies selection that includes some really great stuff such as chinese eggplant, bok choy and various mushrooms.

Everything is stir-fried in a vegan mushroom broth and you can get either tofu or veggies in a kung pao, sesame ginger, teriyaki or spicy BBQ sauce.

Sushi was also available, though there was only one vegan roll. The juice bar is delicious, serving up fresh juice from a variety of fruits and veggies.

Food Life is a really great place to find vegan food in the Loop -- but be prepared to cough up some cash -- the stir-fry can set you back $7 - $9 for one bowl, and sushi started at $6.50.

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They have a juice bar, which I appreciate since I'm trying to be healthy, though it's so hard with all the delicious looking food stations! I wish they didn't put yogurt in the smoothies, but at least the juices are vegan, and they offer a lot of boosts, like spirulina and flax.

I had the vegetable soup (vegan) and it was very good. In all, it seemed a little overpriced, but not too bad. And there aren't that many vegan options at the food stations, though the stir fry station does offer a vegan mushroom based broth.

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Chicago stop of the Red Line. Walk 3 blocks East, enter Water Tower Place and go up the escalator to the Mezzanine Level.


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8am - 8:30pm
8am - 9pm
8am - 8pm

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