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Cafe des Architectes
A bite from the new light menu at the Sofitel's Cafe des Architectes.

Fast-food spots will soon be required to post calorie information that will make it easier to find healthy options, but it’s even better when the kinds of places where we really want to eat take steps to help us keep our diets in check.

Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar’s loft-meets-lounge vibe has made it a hit in River North. Its sushi chefs can prepare any roll with black rice, which has fewer calories and carbs than white. (It’s also packed with antioxidants.) Try the four-roll black-rice sampler ($27) and pair it with a citrusy Skinny Geisha cocktail ($11). 230 W. Erie St.; 312-662-4888 or

Allium, the Four Seasons’ stately new American restaurant, offers a three-course lunch that tops out at about 500 calories. The new autumn-inspired meal ($25) includes a salad with seasonal ingredients like roasted apple puree, wild salmon with a harvest-grain mix and a skinny-jeans-friendly scoop of chocolate sorbet. 120 E. Delaware Pl.; 312-799-4900 or

If French women don’t get fat, then we’re going Parisian. Café des Architectes at the Sofitel has a new light menu developed by weight-loss gurus at France’s Thalassa Sea and Spa. The nightly prix-fixe dinners ($39) include options like red snapper sashimi, salmon with Meyer lemon foam and a trio of seasonal fruit sorbets. 20 E. Chestnut St.; 312-324-4047 or

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