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Chicago’s Michelin Star List Adds Four New Restaurants for 2022

The tire company lavishes praise on some of Chicago’s buzziest dining spots

Two folks in short sleeves smiling against a dark brick wall with one with their arm around the other.
Kasama’s Tim Flores and Genie Kwon in front of their newly minted Michelin-starred restaurant.
Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

The Michelin Guide released its prestigious list of starred restaurants Tuesday afternoon, which included four newcomers from Chicago, awarded one star each: Kasama in West Town, Claudia in Bucktown, and Esme and Galit, both in Lincoln Park. A grand total of 23 Chicago restaurants earned stars — one fewer than last year.

The tire company usually bestows its coveted stars on fine dining spots and upscale restaurants with expansive (and often expensive) tasting menus. In late March, Michelin announced seven new local additions to its Bib Gourmand list, which emphasizes casual venues with “good value.” The full list of Chicago Bib Gourmands, which contains 55 restaurants, has yet to be revealed.

A small glass dish holds a tasting menu course of caviar and white sauce.
Kasama’s kinilaw (golden kaluga caviar, hamachi, coconut).
Daija Guy/Eater Chicago

The list also doubled as a weighing in on the state of American restaurants as the COVID-19 pandemic enters its third year. Michelin, which has assigned star rankings to Chicago restaurants for 11 years, did not release a list in 2020 as a consequence of the pandemic and its outsized impact on the hospitality industry. In the meantime, four of 2021’s chosen restaurants have permanently closed and thus dropped off the list: Yugen (one star), Entente (one star), Spiaggia (one star), and Acadia (two stars).

Parachute, the elegant Korean-American restaurant that is closed for remodeling in Avondale, remains among the company’s picks but goes without a star due to the temporary shutdown. It’s expected to reopen this year, giving Michelin inspectors — anonymous agents who visit and rank restaurants — a chance to return and reevaluate.

A simple, elegant dining room with abstract blue paintings on the wall.
Claudia moved into a permanent home in 2021.
Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

This year’s first-time winners are also some of Chicago’s most buzzed-about and critically adored establishments. Kasama, the bakery and Filipino fine dining juggernaut from chefs and spouses Genie Kwon and Tim Flores, has rocketed to national restaurant stardom (including a spot among Eater’s best new restaurants of 2021) since its early pandemic debut. Esme, the luxurious tasting menu restaurant predicated on collaborations with visual artists from ex-Next chef Jenner Tomaska and wife Katrina Bravo, has also enjoyed rave reviews in the nine months since it opened. For chef Trevor Teich of Claudia, the whimsy-laden tasting menu restaurant’s first star could be an especially sweet reward: he’s spent nearly a decade cultivating the project, which began as a pop-up in 2013.

Chef Zach Engel of three-year-old modern Middle Eastern hotspot Galit was caught off-guard when on Tuesday he learned of the restaurant’s first star. In his view, the forced changes of the pandemic may have done Galit a favor, as his team introduced a tasting menu and integrated unusual ingredients.

A blue tiled counter surrounding an open kitchen.
Galit debuted in 2019.
Sandy Noto/Galit

Fine-dining staple Alinea remains Chicago’s only three-starred restaurant, which Michelin defines as “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.” The world famous destination has held onto its trio of stars since the first edition of Michelin’s Chicago guide in 2011.

In a departure from stars and Bib Gourmands, which are awarded to restaurants, Michelin has also selected individuals for beverage-related recognition. Colin Hofer, wine director of Bonhomme Group (Beatnik, Porto, Goodfunk), was named Sommelier of the Year, and Julia Momose, creative director and bartender of Japanese dining bar Kumiko in the West Loop, won the Exceptional Cocktails Award. Momose’s inclusion could be seen as an attempt to split the difference after the guide in 2021 removed Kikko, the basement omakase counter beneath Kumiko, after the departure of chef Mariya Russell.

Check out this year’s full list of Chicago’s Michelin-starred restaurants below.

Chicago 2022 Michelin Stars

*Denotes new for 2022

Three Stars

Alinea

Two Stars

Ever

Moody Tongue

Oriole

Smyth

One Star

Boka

Claudia*

EL Ideas

Elizabeth

Elske

Esme*

Galit*

Goosefoot

Kasama*

Mako

Next

North Pond

Omakase Yume

Porto

Schwa

Sepia

Temporis

Topolobampo

Elske

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

Parachute

3472 North Elston Avenue, , IL 60618 (872) 204-7138 Visit Website

Smyth

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

Avondale

, , IL

Goosefoot

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

Acadia

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

Mako

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

OMAKASE YUME

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

Alinea

1723 North Halsted Street, , IL 60614 Visit Website

Oriole

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

Galit

2429 North Lincoln Avenue, , IL 60614 (773) 360-8755 Visit Website

Yugen

652 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL Visit Website

Next

953 West Fulton Market, , IL 60607 Visit Website

Spiaggia

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

Entente

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

Boka

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

Sepia

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

North Pond

, , IL 60614

Ever

1330 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607 Visit Website

Temporis

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

Elizabeth

4835 North Western Avenue, , IL 60625 Visit Website

EL ideas

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

Topolobampo

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

CLAUDIA

1952 North Damen Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 697-9486 Visit Website

Kasama

1001 North Winchester Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 697-3790 Visit Website

Beatnik

1604 West Chicago Avenue, , IL 60622 (312) 929-4945 Visit Website

Esme

2200 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614 Visit Website

GoodFunk

180 N. Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 526-3345 Visit Website

Kumiko

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

Porto

1600 West Chicago Avenue, , IL 60622 (312) 600-6336 Visit Website

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