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Chicago ranks 5th on PETA's Most Vegan-Friendly Cities list

June 18, 2013|By JoVona Taylor | RedEye

The growing variety of dining options for vegan and vegetarian food in Chicago has earned the city the fifth spot on People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals list of the Most Vegan-Friendly Cities of 2013.

Not only did PETA recognize Chicago as home to a number of quality vegan/vegetarian eateries such as Chicago Diner, Urban Vegan, Ground Control and Chicago Vegan Foods, but the city’s two major-league ballparks also were noted on a second list of the Most Vegetarian-Friendly Major League Ballparks.

Wrigley Field placed 10th on the list thanks to its selection of vegetarian-friendly burgers, hot dogs and a vegan-style sloppy Joe.

Vegetarian options such as Gardenburger veggie burgers; Tex-Mex burritos with black beans, guacamole, and salsa; and corn on the cob earned U.S. Cellular Field an honorable mention on the ballpark list.

"If Chicago has taught us one thing, it's never to underestimate this shining city on the lake, and that includes leading the charge in the vegetarian revolution," said PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman in a press release. "Whether it's a veggie dog at the ballpark or exquisite mock shrimp at a restaurant, you're in the right town."

Other cities noted on the PETA lists include Austin, Texas, as the most vegan-friendly city in the U.S. and the Philadelphia Phillies' Citizens Bank Park as the most vegan-friendly ballpark for the sixth time in the past seven years.

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