about us





a habitual pleasure-seeker

Gadabout is a restaurant rooted in the notion that street food is the culinary embodiment of a city’s culture.


Heading up the kitchen, husband and wife team Rolf and Meagan Pedersen draw inspiration from around the world to create elevated, non-traditional street food. The word “gadabout,” meaning a habitual, pleasure-seeking world traveler, is the essence of our menu that reflects a thoughtful convergence of cultures, a celebration of Chicago's rich diversity and a sense of approachable adventure. Our cuisine aims to evoke a feeling of playful nostalgia through the use of bold flavors and local produce. The beverage menu highlights small-batch spirits in vibrant cocktails, while also offering a selection of vintage sodas. Our mission is to build a dynamic list of sustainable practices in our restaurant and throughout the community.

Our disposable straws are made from biodegradable plant matter, and we have reusable straws for sale. If you bring in your straw, we will provide you with a dollar discount every time you visit. Menus are printed in house using linen paper to reduce our impact on trees. We source produce and proteins from local farms when possible to minimize the carbon footprint from our deliveries, and provide you with the best and freshest ingredients we can. Much, if not all, of the furniture you’ll be sitting on has been used or repurposed (special shout out to Brown Elephant staff and store right up the street!) We’ve put in effort to ensure we are minimizing our use of disposable products, such as our reusable cocktail picks and coasters.

If you have suggestions for further means of being sustainable, please feel free to give one of us a suggestion- we’d love to be more green!

Gadabout is a safe zone. If at any point you feel unsafe or uncomfortable, please flag down a member of our staff and we will do what we can to help.

We here at Gadabout love community, food, drinks, respect, and sustainability. Changing up the “norm” is what we’re all about.

Thank you for letting us serve you.