25 Chicago Restaurants Earn Michelin Stars

Check out the list if you’re in need of some inspiration for a special meal.

Michelin Releases Fourth Edition Of Its Famed Guide To Chicago's Great Restaurants. Credit: Michelin
Michelin Releases Fourth Edition Of Its Famed Guide To Chicago's Great Restaurants. Credit: Michelin

Twenty-five Chicago restaurants have earned coveted Michelin stars in its latest guide. That’s the most ever awarded in the four years since the start of the Chicago edition.

Lincoln Park’s Alinea is the only three-star restaurant on the list. “A Michelin three star rating is considered the ultimate international recognition in the culinary world with only just over 100 restaurants around the world currently holding this prized distinction,” according to Michelin’s press release announcing the winter.

There are four two-star restaurants: Sixteen in River North and Grace in the West Loop, which are receiving the honor for the first time, and Lincoln Park’s L20 and River North’s Graham Elliot, which earned the same distinction last year.

Of the 20 one-star restaurants, five are on the list for the first time. They are El Ideas in University Village, The Lobby at the Peninsula Hotel off the Mag Mile, North Pond in Lincoln Park, Elizabeth in Lincoln Square and Senza in Lake View.

No suburban restaurants made the list.

You can read the full list of winners here.

So those are the best of the best, the fanciest of the fancy. If you’re in the mood for something delicious yet more affordable, Michelin last week announced its 69 Bib Gourmand winners, where diners can expect an excellent meal where two courses, a glass of wine and dessert for $40 or less.

Here’s a full list of those winners. Or click through the links below to read about the ones closest to you.

Chicago’s Bucktown and Wicker Park neighborhoods

Chicago’s Lake View neighborhood

Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood

Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood

Chicago’s North Center and Roscoe Village neighborhoods



La Grange

Oak Park


Have you eaten at any of these spots? Do you agree with the judges? Are there others that you think should be on the list? Let us know in the comments section below.                           



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