Address: 1625 Hinman, Evanston, IL
Few restaurants can claim to have as many notable chefs come through the kitchen in such short time as Trio did. The famous Evanston spot helped launch the careers of Grant Achatz, Rick Tramonto, Curtis Duffy, Michael Carlson and more as they pushed the envelope with avant-garde new American cuisine. Despite a relatively moderate run of 14 years that lasted from 1993 to 2006, Trio earned numerous accolades and its impact can still be felt throughout the city. In 2014, Achatz and Dave Beran paid homage to the groundbreaking restaurant by recreating its menu at Next.