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Michelin Announces 2020 Stars for Chicago

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Five Chicago restaurants, including Next, earned stars for the first time

A plate at Yugen.
Yugen was among the 2020 Michelin star winners.
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Michelin revealed its 2020 stars for Chicago on Thursday, adding five one-star recipients to its coveted list of awarded restaurants. No new venues were elevated to two- or three-star status. Two restaurants — Dusek’s in Thalia Hall and the Alinea Group’s Roister — lost their stars for 2020.

While an Alinea Group restaurant fell off the list, one of the biggest news items for the 2020 guide is one of its restaurants also gained its first star. Next, its quarterly-changing restaurant in Fulton Market, was finally awarded a Michelin star after years of speculation. Its flagship restaurant Alinea is the only three-starred restaurant in Chicago for the second year in a row, while the red guide’s two-starred restaurants — Acadia, Oriole, and Smyth — remained the same too.

The tire company’s 2020 list of Chicago stars consists of 25 restaurants. Two were removed and five were added. Chicago netted 22 starred restaurants last year. Temporis, the fine dining West Town restaurant that opened in 2017, was the sole newcomer to the list for 2019.

Four out of the five additions are Japanese restaurants. That includes Kikko, which sits beneath Kumiko, the Japanese-influenced West Loop cocktail bar with an omakase food menu from the team behind Oriole. Inspectors added two omakase sushi restaurants in Mako and Omakase Yume. Another Japanese restaurant, Yugen, which replaced former three-starred Grace along Randolph Street, earned a star. Kyoten, Jeong, and Galit, three noteworthy new Chicago restaurants that recently opened, failed to make the list. Neither did Stone Flower, the Bucktown tasting menu restaurant which opened under a cloud of controversy.

Just over 130 restaurants worldwide hold three stars, Michelin’s highest accolade, a category signifying “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.” Two stars mean “excellent cooking, worth a detour,” while one star means “high quality cooking, worth a stop.” Take a look at the full 2020 list for Chicago below.

Michelin’s Chicago 2020 Starred Selections, *denotes new for 2020:

Three Stars

Alinea

Two Stars

Acadia

Oriole

Smyth

One Star

Band of Bohemia

Blackbird

Boka

EL Ideas

Elizabeth

Elske

Entente

Everest

Goosefoot

Kikkō*

Mako*

Next*

North Pond

Omakase Yume*

Parachute

Schwa

Sepia

Spiaggia

Temporis

Topolobampo

Yugen*

Parachute

3500 North Elston Avenue, , IL 60618 (773) 654-1460 Visit Website

Elske

1350 West Randolph Street, , IL 60607 (312) 733-1314 Visit Website

Smyth

177 North Ada Street, , IL 60607 (773) 913-3773 Visit Website

Goosefoot

2656 W Lawrence Ave, , IL 60625 (773) 942-7547 Visit Website

Everest

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

Alinea

1723 North Halsted Street, , IL 60614 Visit Website

Acadia

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

OMAKASE YUME

651 West Washington Boulevard, , IL 60661 (312) 265-1610 Visit Website

Mako

731 West Lake Street, , IL 60661 (312) 988-0687 Visit Website

Band of Bohemia

4710 North Ravenswood Avenue, , IL 60640 (773) 271-4710 Visit Website

Oriole

661 West Walnut Street, , IL 60661 (312) 877-5339 Visit Website

Roister

951 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

Sepia

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

Yugen

652 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL Visit Website

Next

953 West Fulton Market, , IL 60607 Visit Website

Entente

700 North Sedgwick Street, , IL 60654 (312) 285-2247 Visit Website

Spiaggia

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

Boka

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

Topolobampo

445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654 312-661-1434

North Pond

, , IL 60614

Elizabeth

4835 North Western Avenue, , IL 60625 Visit Website

EL ideas

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

Temporis

933 North Ashland Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 697-4961 Visit Website

Blackbird

619 W Randolph Street, Chicago, IL Visit Website

Kumiko

630 West Lake Street, , IL 60661 (312) 285-2912 Visit Website