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The 2016 Chicago Michelin Guide's Big Winners Are Acadia, Parachute, Dusek's

Only two additional restaurants entered into the starred ranks this year.

The 2016 Michelin Guide for Chicago is out and the famously anonymous inspectors don't have a lot of good news for the Windy City: Only two restaurants, Parachute and Dusek's, have entered into the single starred ranks, and just one venue, Ryan McCaskey's Acadia, has been elevated to the two-starred club. The guide's inspectors award worthy venues with either one star ("a very good restaurant in its category"), two stars ("excellent cuisine, worth a detour"), or three stars ("exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey").

Like this year's New York guide, no new restaurants were promoted to three stars. Curtis Duffy's Grace and Grant Achatz's Alinea remain the city's only two members of that exclusive category. Five culinary establishments in the San Francisco Bay Area hold that honor, compared with NYC's six.

Parachute, the Korean-American hotspot in Avondale, was widely considered to be a strong candidate for a star, especially after it was left of this year's Bib Gourmand cheap eats list, often an indication a venue is being promoted. But Fat Rice, the critically-acclaimed Macanese venue in Logan Square, was snubbed from the starred ranks again. And Next by Grant Achatz and David Beran, the permanent pop-up restaurant that changes its menu entirely every four months (and which receives a four star review by the Chicago Tribune's Phil Vettel about as frequently), was denied a star for yet another year.

The avant-garde Moto retained its star following the death of Homaru Cantu in April.

Three restaurants – Takashi, The Lobby, and Senza – lost their stars, meaning that Chicago lost as many sparklers as it gained on this year's list. Chicago currently has just 17 restaurants in the one-starred category, and three in the two-starred category.

Here's the full list for 2016:

Three Stars:

Two Stars:

  • Acadia (upgraded)
  • 42 Grams
  • Sixteen

One Star:


1227 W 18th Street, Chicago, IL


500 North Clark Street, , IL 60654 (312) 321-6242 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

EL ideas

2419 West 14th Street, , IL 60608 (312) 226-8144 Visit Website


425 South Financial Place, , IL 60605 (312) 663-8920 Visit Website


614 North 2nd Street, , PA 19123 (267) 324-5224 Visit Website


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


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


123 North Jefferson Street, , IL 60661 (312) 441-1920 Visit Website


1639 South Wabash Avenue, , IL 60616 (312) 360-9500 Visit Website

Moto Restaurant

945 W Fulton Street, Chicago, IL 60607 312 491 0058 Visit Website

Longman & Eagle

2657 North Kedzie Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 276-7110 Visit Website

42 grams

4662 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640 Visit Website


445 North Clark Street, , IL 60654 (312) 661-1434 Visit Website


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


980 North Michigan Avenue, , IL 60611 (312) 280-2750 Visit Website


1723 North Halsted Street, , IL 60614 Visit Website


2656 West Lawrence Avenue, , IL 60625 (773) 942-7547 Visit Website

North Pond

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

Elizabeth Restaurant

4835 North Western Avenue, , IL 60625 Visit Website