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What Does the Michelin Man Have In Store for Chicago's 2015 Guide?

Gauging the Michelin Man's potential picks for the 2015 Chicago guide.

Michelin Guide Chicago
Michelin Guide Chicago

Next week, the list of restaurants awarded star ratings from Chicago's 2015 Michelin Guide will be unveiled. There will no doubt be surprising additions, omissions and placements, as Michelin reps say that "there promises to be some interesting news this year."

Luckily, there's a way to gauge who may have gotten the Michelin Man's dander up or tickled his fancy: his Twitter account. While a look over the past year's Twitter activity by @MichelinGuideCH won't reveal exactly where Chicago area restaurants stand, it does provide some idea of who impressed and who disappointed him (or her).

There's no telling if Parachute's opening in May didn't give it enough time to make this year's guide, but it does seem to have made an impression.

It would seem that Japonais by Morimoto wowed more with their design than with the actual food.

Will this bit of solid praise for Table, Donkey & Stick get the restaurant a mention?

The omission of Next Restaurant from the Michelin ranks has seen its fair share of debate over the years. Not sure how this lack of detail will play out for its chances this year.

The Michelin Man wondered back in August if Mercat a la Planxa's attention to detail in their dining room was slipping. However, once the food arrived things perked up.

The overall atmosphere at Bottlefork would appear to have been a hit - will it nab a bib gourmand its first year out?

L2O very recently announced plans to close its doors after service on NYE but, its chances of making the list are still strong. After all, Graham Elliot made a similar announcement around the same time last year and still made the cut.

There seems to be little doubt that Grant Achatz's Alinea will retain its three-star status again this year.

Schwa is still holding Michelin's rapt attention.

Will 42 Grams gain its first star(s) in its first year? Chef Jake Bickelhaupt appears to be doing everything right in Michelin's eyes.

Can Curtis Duffy's Grace take things to the next level and receive a third star? Based on these tweets, there doesn't appear to be any chance that the restaurant slid backwards.

Lee Wolen's addition to the Boka team has seen plenty of acclaim, will it mean the addition of a second star for the restaurant this year?

Will Sixteen and chef Thomas Lents maintain their two star rating or perhaps move into the very rarefied air of three stars? Things are definitely looking good here.

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600 W Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60610 312 822 9600

Mercat a la Planxa

638 South Michigan Avenue, , IL 60605 (312) 765-0524 Visit Website


1729 North Halsted Street, , IL 60614 (312) 337-6070 Visit Website

Schwa Restaurant

1466 North Ashland Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 252-1466 Visit Website

Next Restaurant

953 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607 312 226 0858 Visit Website


3500 North Elston Avenue, , IL 60618 (872) 204-7138 Visit Website


441 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654 312.955.1900 Visit Website

Table, Donkey and Stick

2728 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (773) 486-8525 Visit Website


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


2300 North Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614

42 grams

4662 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640 Visit Website


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


1723 North Halsted Street, , IL 60614 Visit Website