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2014 Michelin Guide Chicago Star Ratings Unleashed

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The Michelin Guide will release its 2014 book of coveted star ratings tomorrow, and the results are in today. Overall, the number of stars doled out to Chicago restaurants increased from 19 to 25. No restaurants fell off the list from last year or lost stars. One restaurant, Sixteen, gained a star, moving up to two under chef Thomas Lents. Grace and chef Curtis Duffy made a splash, debuting with two stars after opening less than a year ago. The Michelin international director, reached by phone this morning, especially heaped praise on Grace and Sixteen.

Alinea, once again, is the only restaurant in town to receive three stars. The director said that "it's only a matter of time before Chicago has another three-star (restaurant). Our inspectors report what they find in the field so as soon as we find a third star we will award it."

Graham Elliot and L20 held onto the two-star status they held a year ago. The Michelin director said that Graham Elliot, after some upheaval in the kitchen last year and announcing that they will close to move and reconcept just days ago, lauded Elliot's personality and noted the book was finished before the closing was announced.

"We think he's got a real personality in what he does and there's a lot of excitement in the place," he said. "You never know what you'll get with Graham."

While the guide continues to applaud Grant Achatz's molecular cuisine at Alinea, it left off his other restaurant, Next, again. The director said that "it's hard to get in there and it hasn't been open long" and also talked about the consistency at Next. "Not all of it works all the time—some things work brilliantly; some things don't. We want to give it a little more time."

Five restaurants cracked the one-star category: El Ideas, North Pond, Senza, Elizabeth, and The Lobby. Chef Lee Wolen is leaving The Lobby next month, and the director says "we'll follow him very closely."

Check out the full list below:

Three Stars:
Alinea

Two Stars:
Grace (N)
Graham Elliot
L2O
Sixteen*

One Star:
Acadia
Blackbird
Boka
El Ideas (N)
Elizabeth (N)
Everest
Goosefoot
Longman & Eagle
Mexique
Moto
NAHA
North Pond (N)
Schwa
Senza (N)
Sepia
Spiaggia
Takashi
The Lobby (N)
Topolobampo
Tru

(N) new addition
* denotes change
· All Michelin Guide Coverage [-ECHI-]

Senza

2873 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657 773 770 3527 Visit Website

Grace

652 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60661 (817) 877-3388

Alinea

1723 North Halsted Street, , IL 60614 Visit Website

North Pond

2610 North Cannon Drive, , IL 60614 (773) 477-5845 Visit Website

Graham Elliot

217 W Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60654 312 624 9975 Visit Website

Sixteen

401 North Wabash Avenue, , IL 60611 (312) 588-8030 Visit Website

Elizabeth Restaurant

4835 N Western Ave, , IL 60625 (773) 681-0651 Visit Website

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