Kiss the Chef: The Haute 5 Chef’s Tables in Chicago

Chef’s Tables offer one of the most exclusive dining experiences in the world, a custom created menu just for you by some of the most celebrated chefs in the industry. Make it a special night out by dining at one of these Haute picks for a sexy seat in the kitchen.

Table Fifty-Two

Chef Art appointed his restaurant-the quaint 19th century carriage house of the Biggs Mansion, which survived the Great Chicago Fire-with luxurious yet rustic décor, including an open hearth oven and a pressed copper ceiling. Table Fifty-Two perfectly mirrors Chef Art’s life experience, both as personal chef to Oprah Winfrey and as one of the South’s favorite sons who as a boy taught his pet pig to eat acorns. Hint: Stop in on Sundays or Monday’s for the signature fried chicken.

52 W. Elm St. 312.573.4000.

Charlie Trotter’s

Enjoy a highly celebrated meal surrounded by Chef Trotter’s team in the custom-designed kitchen as you are served a spontaneous, seasonal menu that Trotter and his team create for you that evening. The table, seating four to six guests, provides a first-hand view of the activity in a world-class restaurant kitchen. This experience is the ultimate “dinner theatre.”

816 W. Armitage. 773.248.6228.


Offering progressive French cuisine at its finest, Tru delivers fresh ingredients, bold creativity and artistic presentation. A small enclosed room just large enough to seat eight people, the Chef’s Table at Tru has three large windows to catch the kitchen action of Anthony Martin’s crew (formerly Rick Tramanto) and FoodTV’s Executive Pastry Chef Gale Gand.

676 N. St. Clair St. 312.202.0001.


Probably the most nationally recognized Chicago restaurant ever, under Chef Achatz’ leadership, Alinea has received worldwide attention for its hypermodern, emotional approach to dining. Alinea has received four stars from both the Chicago Tribune and Chicago magazine. The 24 course tasting tour is a long (four hour) and sensory over-load once in a lifetime dining experience.

1723 N. Halsted. 312-867.0110.


James Beard Foundation nominee and celebrated Chicago Chef Graham Elliot Bowles offers you and a guest more than just a dining experience. Avenues offers the opportunity to spend a whole day with the chef touring the kitchen and getting your own private cooking lesson from how he preps to shopping for local produce. Now that’s a dinner guest you want to keep around.

108 E. Superior St. 312.573.6754.