Skip to contents
Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Dirty Root Set To Bring Fast Casual, Farm- Fresh Eatery To West Loop

Longtime friends and co-founders Matt Dobleman and Connor Lacy want to serve healthy food from local sources.

From left to right: Connor Lacy, Matt Dobleman and Chef Justin Milius
Callie Craig
  • Credibility:

WEST LOOP — A locally sourced, fast casual restaurant is cropping up this month in West Loop.

Dirty Root, which touts farm-fresh ingredients and gluten-free meals, is set to bring a quick service eatery to 939 W. Randolph St. before the end of the month.

Longtime friends and co-founders Matt Dobleman and Connor Lacy set out to create a healthy, locally sourced restaurant after finding too few quick dining options committed to promoting healthy lifestyles through its nutritious meals.

“We really want to help others understand the importance of eating food straight from the earth, which is where Dirty Root gets its name,” Dobleman said in a statement.

“Life is busy and sometimes it’s hard to find the time to take care of yourself. So if we can make great-tasting, real food more accessible, then that’s a good thing,” he added.

Dobleman and Lacy are teaming up with Chef Justin Milius on Dirty Root’s menu. Milius, who previously worked at the Purple Pig and Balena, aims to highlight seasonal produce and proteins sourced locally from places like Genesis Growers in St. Anne and Nichols Farms in Marengo.

Ingredients and their sourcing will be displayed on the walls of the 1,200-square-foot spot.

Credit: Provided

Dirty Root will offer customizable bowls for lunch and dinner where diners can choose from three bases: ancient grains, greens or cauliflower rice or mushroom pilaf. From there, guests will choose two sides such as summer cabbage slaw or za’atar-spiced carrots, a choice of four protein options, topped with a sauce made in-house.

Milius said he was excited to join Dobleman and Lacy on their mission to bring fresh food options to the West Loop.

The eatery is replacing Eastman Egg Company that shuttered last summer, according to Eater.  

Dirty Root, which will open this summer, daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Do stories like this matter to you? Subscribe to Block Club Chicago. Every dime we make funds reporting from Chicago’s neighborhoods.