Guilt-Free Dining

From focusing on locally sourced ingredients to eliminating bottled water, these Chicago restaurants are leading the charge in changing things for the better.

Restaurants don’t get much greener than this Ravenswood delicatessen. Most ingredients come from within a 200-mile radius; the space itself boasts reclaimed Midwest barn wood countertops, eco paints, sustainable flooring and recycled burlap shopping bags. 1818 W. Wilson Ave., 773- 293-CITY(2489),

Server uniforms made from recycled bottles; light fixtures that shut off when not in use; and triple-filtered Lake Michigan water instead of bottled are a few of the eco-friendly practices at this family-friendly Asian spot. 60 E. Ohio St., 312-951-1888; 6 E. Cedar St., 312-640-8888,

This West Loop hot spot is known mostly for chef Randy Zweiban’s sultry, Latin-inspired fare, but it was also the first Gold Level LEED-certified restaurant in the city. 161 N. Jefferson St., 312-669-9900,

With biodegradable trays, lids and utensils, an extensive recycling program and even low-emission delivery vehicles, this quick-serve spot is as notable for its green practices as for its tempting, all-natural and organic sandwiches. 233 N. Michigan Ave., 312-621-1111,