Michelin Starred Restaurants in Chicago


Last week, the Michelin guide unveiled its star ratings for Chicago restaurants. Only 23 restaurants got stars, and a total of 30 stars were given out among the recipients. Some awards were surprising, others not so much.

I was glad to see my personal favorite, Bonsoiree, take one star and was surprised to see newcomer Longman & Eagle (which I am itching to try) snag a coveted star after only being open a few months. There’s also a few lingering questions – like how will the quality of L2), which received 3 stars, hold up after the recent departure of chef Laurent Gras?

The official results are:

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3 stars: Alinea, L2O
2 stars: Avenues, Charlie Trotter’s, Ria
1 star: Blackbird, Boka, Bonsoirée, Crofton on Wells, Everest, graham elliot, Longman & Eagle, NAHA, NoMI, Schwa, Seasons, Sepia, Sixteen, Spiaggia, Takashi, Topolobampo, Tru, Vie

In addition to the star recipients, there were 45 Bib Gourmand winners. The Bib Gourmand rating means that the restaurant was an inspector’s favorite for good value. For $40 or less, you can enjoy two courses and a glass of wine or dessert.

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Some of my favorites on the Bib Gourmand list include Publican, Smoque, Purple Pig, Mixteco, M. Henry, Girl and the Goat, Hopleaf, Frontera, and Belly Shack.

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