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The tire company selected three new restaurants to join its list of Chicago’s most noteworthy spots.
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Chicago's 2021 Michelin Stars, Mapped

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The tire company selected three new restaurants to join its list of Chicago’s most noteworthy spots.
| Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

Here's a rundown of all 24 of Chicago’s Michelin-starred restaurants for 2021, in map form. See how the choices are distributed across the city and which starred restaurants are in your neighborhood. Many of them are on the Near North or Near West Side, but some of these fine-dining restaurants are further to the north, northwest, and near south. Most Chicagoans don't have to travel far to partake in a Michelin-rated dining experience, as the map attests.

This year’s new additions are fine dining palace Ever on Fulton Market (two stars), luxe brewpub and restaurant Moody Tongue (two stars), and European seafood specialist Porto in West Town (one star).

Most of the previous inclusions that are not on this year’s list closed during the pandemic (Band of Bohemia, Blackbird, Everest). Entente in River North and Acadia in South Loop haven’t yet reopened after shutting down temporarily in spring 2020, but remain among this year’s Michelin star recipients. The tire company has removed Kikko, the omakase sushi counter in the basement of celebrated cocktail lounge Kumiko. Chef Mariya Russell — the first Black woman to run a Michelin-starred restaurant — left Chicago in June 2020. Despite Michelin’s vow that it wouldn’t penalize restaurants for pandemic decisions, Kikko lost its star, with inspectors pointing to the shift from upscale sushi to more carryout-friendly comfort fare.

Scroll through the map below for Michelin’s take on Chicago dining, and check out Eater Chicago’s map of the city’s new 2021 Bib Gourmand recipients.

As of April 29, Chicago restaurants are permitted to serve customers indoors with a 50 percent maximum capacity per room, or 100 people — whichever is fewer. Regardless, the state requires reservations for both indoor and outdoor dining. However, this should not be taken as an endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Elizabeth Restaurant

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4835 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 681-0651
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Iliana Regan’s foraging hit has one star again. Even though Regan is now focuses on Milkweed Inn in Michigan, she says her staff understands her philosophies and that the Lincoln Square restaurant is in capable hands.

A round yellow plate holds a delicate green salad topped with orange roe
Elizabeth calls its cuisine “new gatherer.”
Elizabeth [Official Photo]

2. Goosefoot

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2656 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 942-7547
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The BYO stalwart on the far North Side retained its one star. Reservations are required for the tasting menu.

3. Parachute

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3500 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 654-1460
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Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark’s Korean-American smash hit has one star for the fifth year. Dine-in remains closed, but customers can order carryout and delivery.

4. North Pond

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North Pond
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 477-5845
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The beautiful farm to table restaurant in Lincoln Park retained its one star.

5. Boka

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1729 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 337-6070
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Boka Group’s first restaurant retained its one star under chef Lee Wolen. The restaurant also has a ghost kitchen that focuses on fried chicken sandwiches.

6. Alinea

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1723 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 867-0110
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Grant Achatz’s world-renowned phenomenon retained its three stars and is back open in Lincoln Park.

7. Schwa Restaurant

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1466 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 252-1466

The Ashland Avenue phenomenon still has one star.

8. Spiaggia

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980 N Michigan Ave 2nd Floor, Suite 1
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 280-2750
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The Italian fine dining classic made famous by chef Tony Mantuano, retained its one star for a 12th year.

9. Temporis

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933 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 697-4961
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This innovative West Town tasting menu spot has a flair for the dramatic, and one Michelin star.

10. Porto

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1600 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 600-6336
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Porto, a destination for wine and Galician seafood, has earned its first star.

A large grilled whole fish on an intricate plate with a sides in a tin can.
Porto opened two years ago in West Town.
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11. Entente

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700 N Sedgwick St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 285-2247
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River North’s tasting room restaurant retained its star, but remains in limbo as ownership works to determine whether or not it’ll reopen.

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Entente in 2019 moved from Lakeview to River North.
Entente [Official Photo]

12. Topolobampo

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445 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 661-1434
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Rick Bayless’ Mexican fine-dining classic still has one star.

13. Ever Restaurant

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1340 W Fulton St
Chicago, IL 60607

Ever, chef Curtis Duffy’s fine dining return to Chicago, earned two stars from Michelin less than a year after opening on Fulton Market.

A white plate with artfully arranged Wagyu beef, sunchoke, orange, and tat soi
Ever opened with a pared-down menu due to the pandemic.
Ever/Michael Muser

14. Next

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953 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

The Alinea Group’s rotating thematic restaurant earned one star for the second time this year.

15. Oriole

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661 W Walnut St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 877-5339
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Chef-owner Noah Sandoval and team’s fine-dining restaurant once again won two stars. Its dining room remains closed for the time being as renovations are underway.

16. Mako

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731 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 988-0687
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The 22-seat West Loop omakase restaurant was awarded one star.

17. Smyth

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177 N Ada St #101
Chicago, IL 60607
(773) 913-3773
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The dual concept fine-dining restaurant with a subterranean tavern has two stars for the third year in a row. Inspectors hinted an upgrade could be close.

18. Yūgen Restaurant

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652 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 265-1008
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The West Loop’s modern Japanese restaurant retained its one star.

19. Elske

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1350 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-1314
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The Scandinavian-inspired West Loop hotspot has one star for the fourth year in a row.

20. Sepia

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123 N Jefferson St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 441-1920
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The West Loop gem still has one star under chef Andrew Zimmerman. 

21. Omakase Yume

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651 W Washington Blvd #101
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 265-1610
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This eight-seat omakase spot in the West Loop has retained its one star.

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Chef Sangtae Park is at the helm of Omakase Yume.
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22. EL ideas

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2419 W 14th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 226-8144
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The South Side creative stalwart retains one star.

23. Acadia

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1639 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 360-9500
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Ryan McCaskey’s South Loop tasting-menu restaurant and a la carte bar retained its second star this year. The restaurant has been closed since last year but McCaskey says he wants to reopen eventually. He’s also in the midst of a defamation lawsuit filed against him by a former employee, as well as facing allegations of fostering a toxic work environment.

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Acadia has remained closed since last year.
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24. Moody Tongue Brewing Company

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2515 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 600-5111
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This brewpub and its newish full-service restaurant earned two stars for the first time this year. It moved in 2019 from Pilsen to South Loop. Its dining room is slated to reopen on Thursday, May 20.

A round glass orb holds a colorful fine-dining dish
Chef Jared Wentworth, formerly of Longman & Eagle, helms the kitchen at Moody Tongue.
Moody Tongue [Official Photo]

1. Elizabeth Restaurant

4835 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
A round yellow plate holds a delicate green salad topped with orange roe
Elizabeth calls its cuisine “new gatherer.”
Elizabeth [Official Photo]

Iliana Regan’s foraging hit has one star again. Even though Regan is now focuses on Milkweed Inn in Michigan, she says her staff understands her philosophies and that the Lincoln Square restaurant is in capable hands.

4835 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

2. Goosefoot

2656 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

The BYO stalwart on the far North Side retained its one star. Reservations are required for the tasting menu.

2656 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

3. Parachute

3500 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark’s Korean-American smash hit has one star for the fifth year. Dine-in remains closed, but customers can order carryout and delivery.

3500 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

4. North Pond

North Pond, Chicago, IL 60614

The beautiful farm to table restaurant in Lincoln Park retained its one star.

North Pond
Chicago, IL 60614

5. Boka

1729 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Boka Group’s first restaurant retained its one star under chef Lee Wolen. The restaurant also has a ghost kitchen that focuses on fried chicken sandwiches.

1729 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

6. Alinea

1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Grant Achatz’s world-renowned phenomenon retained its three stars and is back open in Lincoln Park.

1723 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

7. Schwa Restaurant

1466 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

The Ashland Avenue phenomenon still has one star.

1466 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

8. Spiaggia

980 N Michigan Ave 2nd Floor, Suite 1, Chicago, IL 60611

The Italian fine dining classic made famous by chef Tony Mantuano, retained its one star for a 12th year.

980 N Michigan Ave 2nd Floor, Suite 1
Chicago, IL 60611

9. Temporis

933 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

This innovative West Town tasting menu spot has a flair for the dramatic, and one Michelin star.

933 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

10. Porto

1600 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
A large grilled whole fish on an intricate plate with a sides in a tin can.
Porto opened two years ago in West Town.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Porto, a destination for wine and Galician seafood, has earned its first star.

1600 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

11. Entente

700 N Sedgwick St, Chicago, IL 60654
A white plate holds a ring-shaped salad
Entente in 2019 moved from Lakeview to River North.
Entente [Official Photo]

River North’s tasting room restaurant retained its star, but remains in limbo as ownership works to determine whether or not it’ll reopen.

700 N Sedgwick St
Chicago, IL 60654

12. Topolobampo

445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60610

Rick Bayless’ Mexican fine-dining classic still has one star.

445 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60610

13. Ever Restaurant

1340 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60607
A white plate with artfully arranged Wagyu beef, sunchoke, orange, and tat soi
Ever opened with a pared-down menu due to the pandemic.
Ever/Michael Muser

Ever, chef Curtis Duffy’s fine dining return to Chicago, earned two stars from Michelin less than a year after opening on Fulton Market.

1340 W Fulton St
Chicago, IL 60607

14. Next

953 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

The Alinea Group’s rotating thematic restaurant earned one star for the second time this year.

953 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

15. Oriole

661 W Walnut St, Chicago, IL 60661

Chef-owner Noah Sandoval and team’s fine-dining restaurant once again won two stars. Its dining room remains closed for the time being as renovations are underway.

661 W Walnut St
Chicago, IL 60661

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16. Mako

731 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60661

The 22-seat West Loop omakase restaurant was awarded one star.

731 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60661

17. Smyth

177 N Ada St #101, Chicago, IL 60607

The dual concept fine-dining restaurant with a subterranean tavern has two stars for the third year in a row. Inspectors hinted an upgrade could be close.

177 N Ada St #101
Chicago, IL 60607

18. Yūgen Restaurant

652 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661

The West Loop’s modern Japanese restaurant retained its one star.

652 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661

19. Elske

1350 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

The Scandinavian-inspired West Loop hotspot has one star for the fourth year in a row.

1350 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

20. Sepia

123 N Jefferson St, Chicago, IL 60661

The West Loop gem still has one star under chef Andrew Zimmerman. 

123 N Jefferson St
Chicago, IL 60661

21. Omakase Yume

651 W Washington Blvd #101, Chicago, IL 60661
A single piece of nigiri
Chef Sangtae Park is at the helm of Omakase Yume.
Omakase Yume [Official Photo]

This eight-seat omakase spot in the West Loop has retained its one star.

651 W Washington Blvd #101
Chicago, IL 60661

22. EL ideas

2419 W 14th St, Chicago, IL 60608

The South Side creative stalwart retains one star.

2419 W 14th St
Chicago, IL 60608

23. Acadia

1639 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
The exterior of a restaurant.
Acadia has remained closed since last year.
Brian Rich/Sun-Times

Ryan McCaskey’s South Loop tasting-menu restaurant and a la carte bar retained its second star this year. The restaurant has been closed since last year but McCaskey says he wants to reopen eventually. He’s also in the midst of a defamation lawsuit filed against him by a former employee, as well as facing allegations of fostering a toxic work environment.

1639 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

24. Moody Tongue Brewing Company

2515 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
A round glass orb holds a colorful fine-dining dish
Chef Jared Wentworth, formerly of Longman & Eagle, helms the kitchen at Moody Tongue.
Moody Tongue [Official Photo]

This brewpub and its newish full-service restaurant earned two stars for the first time this year. It moved in 2019 from Pilsen to South Loop. Its dining room is slated to reopen on Thursday, May 20.

2515 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

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