Michelin has released the third edition of their guide to Chicago’s best restaurants. Being on the Michelin list in any capacity (there were 64 Chicago restaurants selected for their Bib Gourmands) is a big deal in the restaurant industry, but earning a coveted star is the big prize. Michelin has a three star system and in total 19 Chicago restaurants have received stars on the recently revealed list. Before I give you the list of restaurants, allow me to explain what each star designation means.
“Michelin stars are considered the ultimate international recognition in the culinary world.” One star means that the restaurant is very good in its category. Two stars means that the restaurant has excellent cuisine, and it’s worth a detour. The most coveted is three–star status and that means the restaurant has excellent cuisine and is worth a special journey. Let me stress that all of these star designations are held in high regard, and these restaurants should be applauded. But the three-star restaurants are rare, there are only 100 Michelin rated three-star restaurants in the world, and Chicago has one.
The only restaurant in Chicago to hold the three-star distinction is Alinea. You may remember I named Alinea as one of our Haute Restaurants about a week and a half ago. It just goes to show you how much you should trust our recommendations here at Haute Living. But back to the list, Chicago has 19 restaurants with at least one star. Complete Michelin Guide Chicago 2013 Star list below:
Longman & Eagle