to live in IC, if that helps... No, I suppose it doesn't. Good luck with all that. At least you have the co-op. I still miss that place. Whole Foods just isn't a replacement, even if the prices are just as high.
How was your time in the hogwans? I can imagine readjustment might be difficult from what I've heard. Not a whole lot of TEFL work in IC, though. The university takes care of that all for free, otherwise I'd suggest it as good supplementary income for now.
Good veg*n places to see:
New Pioneer Coop - #1 period, check out the deli in the back for some of the best veg*n sandwiches, etc, made to order. Appreciate the hell out of it, 'cause when it's gone...
Z'meriks - good options, quickly made, not too pricey, right on Dubuque St. downtown
The Pita Pit - cheap pitas to go
Oasis - Mediterranean place by the Hamburg Inn, good felafel joint
Forumosa - actually have decent veg*n options for pretty cheap considering the classiness of the joint, by the library
India Cafe - not "Indian" by my Indian friend's standards, but good all the same, on Washington St. downtown lunch buffets ~$7.50, well worth it
Masala - more traditional Indian, lots of vegan options, I think (not 100%), by Z'meriks, also ~$7.50 lunch buffet, although it's the same every day
It's actually a very veg*n friendly city, well at least as far as food options go. I live in the Chicago suburbs now and it's 10x more difficult to find a variety of veg*n places nearby.
As for other sights, etc: Shakespeare in the park, bars, a massive university library, more bars, random drunk people walking around at all hours of the night, more bars, the odd lecture, tranny shows at bars, and flood damaged buildings. During the school year there's generally a decent amount of talks, symphonies, concerts, music shows (mostly for the kids, though), sports games, exhibits, etc. I'd take advantage of those.