Chicago Magazine released their list of the 100 most powerful Chicagoans, and in addition to those you would expect to see like Rahm Emanuel and Penny Pritzker, are quite a few chefs and restauranteurs. This year, the mag defines power as not just wealth or position, but "the power to influence; to electrify crowds; to inspire devotion." Certainly there are quite a few Chicago chefs that fall into the category.
Making the list this year is: #9 Grant Achatz (Next, Alinea), #34 Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill), #42 Paul Kahan (Blackbird, Publican), #56 Rich Melman (Lettuce Entertain You), #75 Brendan Sodikoff (Gilt Bar) , #89 Scott Harris ( Francesca's), and #96 Tony Hu (Lao Sze Chuan).
·100 Most Powerful Chicagoans [Chicago]