The Michelin Guide has selected Chicago stars, anointing 21 local restaurants, including two newcomers (Atelier and Indienne), with the honor. Previous star-holders Elizabeth (one star) and Claudia (one star) closed and therefore dropped off the list. See all 21 honorees, conveniently mapped out, in the listing below.Read More
Chicago's 2023 Michelin Stars, Mapped
The latest constellation of the city’s most celebrated restaurants
Chef Christian Hunter embarked on a challenging mission with the February 2023 debut of Atelier, the tasting menu restaurant replacement for decorated hit Elizabeth. But the efforts of Hunter and his team rapidly caught the attention of Michelin, which has given the Atelier one star for its locally sourced tasting menu featuring standouts like warm clam chowder with lamb bacon and chive oil.
Chef Zach Engel, who won a James Beard Award for his work at Shaya in New Orleans, opened his first solo restaurant in 2019 with GM Andrés Clavero. Galit’s menu explores the cuisine of Israel and the Middle East prepared with local Midwestern ingredients. The restaurant has held onto its Michelin star, which it first earned in 2022.
When chef Jenner Tomaska and manager Katrina Bravo opened Esmé in 2021 in Lincoln Park, they always intended that the restaurant would also be an art gallery and that the dishes on the tasting menu would be inspired by the images on the walls. In the intervening years, the team has turned that aspiration into reality with numerous artist collaborations and earned star re
The Boka Group’s first restaurant retained its one star. Choose from a seasonal tasting menu or assemble a meal from the list of a la carte dishes, including James Beard-nominated chef Lee Wolen’s signature roast chicken.
Grant Achatz’s world-renowned molecular gastronomy phenomenon has held on tight to its three stars, though as of 2023, it’s not the only restaurant that bears the sought-after trio. During the pandemic, it pivoted to more conventional takeout meals that didn’t require tweezers for plating, but now the Lincoln Park dining room is back open, once again serving exquisite prix fixe tasting menus.
Once known as “the most revolutionary restaurant in America,” Schwa has held onto its Michelin star since 2011. Chef-owner Michael Carlson continues to serve what is described on Tock as a “fucking mind-blowing menu” in the same tiny space in Wicker Park. Reservations are still scarce, and liquor is still BYOB.
Chef Tim Flores and pastry chef Genie Kwon originally conceived Kasama as a daytime cafe with sandwiches, lumpia, and pastry, but they began serving a nighttime tasting menu as a pandemic pivot. Both components took off and in 2022, the home of the only Filipino tasting menu in the city became the first Michelin-starred Filipino restaurant in the U.S. Flores and Kwon, who won the 2023 James Beard Award for best chefs: Great Lakes, have kept their star.
The tiny, innovative tasting menu restaurant in West Town retains the Michelin star it’s had since 2019. Chef Troy Jorge makes ample use of produce grown in the restaurant’s hydroponic basement garden, and then menu changes with the seasons.
Inspired by the Iberian coast, Porto has one of the most beautiful dining rooms in Chicago, where diners can assemble a meal from fresh seafood, carved ham, and tinned conservas, enhanced by a selection from the lengthy wine list.
Playful yet deeply serious, Indienne roared into Chicago in 2022 with an elegant tasting menu from chef Sujan Sarkar, an Indian chef who adapts French techniques to dishes like wood-smoked lamb burrah and vada with Golden Osetra caviar. Michelin has given it one star.
The fine-dining member of Rick Bayless’s Frontera family is a perpetual entry on the list of Michelin-starred restaurants. The team builds its menus around different themes — women chefs, pre-Columbian cuisine — and researches recipes in the cookbook library in the kitchen.
Chef Curtis Duffy opened his follow-up to Grace in the summer of 2020, undaunted by the pandemic. The restaurant immediately received two Michelin stars and has continued to thrive and serve imaginative tasting menus, despite the many, many changes in the industry over the past several years.
It took a while for the Alinea Group’s experimental restaurant to get its Michelin star: while it’s common for restaurants to change their menus, very few change their entire theme and design multiple times a year, which means that the restaurant the Michelin inspectors visit is not necessarily the same as the one diners will experience. But the quality is always high, whether the theme is the 1893 World’s Fair, Toyko, or French Nouvelle Cuisine.
Chef Noah Sandoval and GM Cara Sandoval’s restaurant reopened in 2021 after a pandemic hiatus with an overhauled dining room. The tasting menus remain as innovative and delicious as ever, and it retains its two Michelin star status.
Chef BK Park’s omakase restaurant, named after a species of shark, hasn’t missed a beat with its elegantly prepared courses made with the freshest ingredients. Michelin inspectors bestowed a star on Mako once again this year.
After years in the doubles category, John Shields and Karen Urie Shields have earned three stars at their fine-dining restaurant which was inspired by the five years they spent cooking together in Virginia farm country after they left Charlie Trotter’s, where they first met. The tasting menu incorporates seasonal Midwestern ingredients, plus meat and produce that have been pickled and cured to extend their usefulness. The basement brasserie, the Loyalist, serves one of the best burgers in town.
Anna and David Posey’s Scandinavian-inspired restaurant has retained its star after a few stops and starts during the pandemic, serving up the seafood-heavy set and a la carte menus that first earned it Michelin recognition in 2018.
Located in a former print shop in the West Loop, Sepia plays up the old-timeiness in its decor with plenty of antiques and vintage photos. But chef Andrew Zimmerman’s menu four-course prix fixe menu puts a thoroughly modern spin on classics like trout and steak and potatoes, ensuring that the restaurant keeps its star for another year.
Chef Sangtae Park made the leap from a Niles izakaya to a West Loop omakase spot (via a stint at an HMart) in 2018, and his 15-to-17-course Japanese fine dining meals have become some of the most celebrated in the city. The restaurant earned its first Michelin star in 2021.
Chef Phillip Foss has led a quiet riot for years at EL Ideas, where experimental tasting menus, including the now-celebrated french fries and ice cream, upend expectations to great effect. The restaurant has also held onto its Michelin star.
Moody Tongue Brewing Company
Two Michelin-starred brewpub Moody Tongue retains its recognition from the tire company this year. Its kitchen is led by chef Jared Wentworth, who presided over Longman & Eagle’s kitchen during its seven-year Michelin run.